Included on NPR’s list of “Best Commencement Speeches, Ever”, named one of Newsweek’s “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” and recently selected for Albert Einstein Foundation’s upcoming book Genius: 100 Visions for the Future, Tiffany Shlain is an award-winning filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and world-renowned dynamic speaker known for her visually stimulating, big picture, provocative, inspiring, engaging and powerful keynotes. With cinematic videos from her films playing in the background, Tiffany brings audiences on a ride that will make them think, laugh, connect, and think in new ways that most keynote settings don’t generally experience.  Her talks explore issues around technology, neuroscience, creativity, gender equality, the science of character and the importance of unplugging. She is currently experimenting with what she is calling “Spoken Cinema”, where she includes a live narration of one of her films and includes the audience members in the questions she is exploring in the film.

Tiffany has given over 100 keynotes at institutions including at Google, Harvard, NASA, The Aspen Institute, The Chicago Ideas Festival and was the closing speaker for TEDWomen and TEDMED. Tiffany was also the on-air Internet expert on ABC’s Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, an advisor to The Institute for the Future, and was invited to advise then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the Internet and technology. She was recently selected by the Albert Einstein Foundation to contribute to their new book Genius: 100 Visions for the Future. She currently serves on the Leadership Board of The Center on Media and Child Health at Harvard’s Boston Children’s Hospital.

A list of Tiffany's recent talks and events can be found HERE.

For speaking inquiries based on Tiffany’s book 24/6: Giving Up Screens One Day a Week, contact Erin Simpson: erin.simpson@simonandschuster.com 

For speaking inquires contact Sawyer Steele:


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“Tiffany always kills it but this year at Chicago Ideas Week she blew the audience away by performing her latest film, 30,000 Days, live onstage. The performance is a powerful and edgy examination of individual purpose in the context of the collective good.”  -Gabrielle Zuckerman Chicago Ideas Director of Programming 

“Tiffany’s keynote address at The Women of Vision gala was the highest rated speakers we have ever had!”
Barbara Gee, The Anita Borg Institute

“Tiffany Shlain demonstrates, with lyrical simplicity, our interdependence on one another and the interconnectedness of humanity with all life on earth. With a tightly synchronized dance between her powerful images and insightful words — with humor, and with a creativity all her own, Tiffany illuminates the issues that affect us all — including environmental degradation, dizzying technological innovation and population growth — and helps us to understand our inter-relationship with the world in a way that is both freeing and inspiring.”
former Vice President Al Gore

“Director Tiffany Shlain delivered what was, improbably, both the most thought-provoking and the most personally emotional documentary of the whole festival. It will change your thinking, and what more can a documentary do?” – Michael Dunaway, Paste Magazine

“Indeed, Shlain’s film does go wide — it’s like a rubber band stretching in multiple directions while not breaking. Examining the ways in which technology can productively unite our global citizenry, her work details nothing less than the history of consciousness and its arrival within today’s always-on, hyper-wired mind.”
Scott Macaulay, Filmmaker Magazine

“A highly energized romp through a myriad of ideas about where the human race is headed.”
James Greenberg, The Hollywood Reporter

“We were absolutely thrilled with Tiffany’s presentation! We’ve heard it was the best luncheon speaker ever.”
Amy Vogel, Princeton Jewish Federation


Speaking Topics

Internet Society Technology

The Importance of Unplugging


Filmmaking | Creativity

Gender Equity

Jewish Identity


Dear Human

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-Amy Goodman, Democracy Now  

"Tiffany Shlain's work is part art installation, part documentary, part video essay and a handful of one woman show. Take the strengths of Barbara Kopple, Guillermo Gomez Pena, Sandra Bernhardt and Thom Anderson and have them throw down over a late breakfast. You've got something close to her luminously thoughtful wonders that take you somewhere you've seen before but also wish could be."  

—  Kevin Smokler, author of the forthcoming Awesome, She Shot That: Conversations with Great Female Filmmakers


— Rick Smolan, author of The Good Fight

"Dear Human is about the necessity of committing to co-presence again as a society..."

— Shannon Jackson, Associate Vice Chancellor for the Arts + Design at University of California, Berkeley


— Farai Chideya, broadcaster and author of books including The Episodic Career.

About Dear Human

This live cinematic essay performance takes the audience on a journey across the past, present, and future of the relationship between humanity and technology. Incorporating live narration, moving images, original animations, an evocative soundscape, and audience engagement, Dear Human invites the audience to investigate how technology both amplifies and amputates our humanity and how to make sure we stay human in this 24/7 culture. 

— Farai Chideya, broadcaster and author of books including The Episodic Career.

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About Dear Human

Directed by Tiffany Shlain

Produced by Sawyer Steele

Dramaturge Meiyin Wang

MoMA Curator Kathy Brew

From the Director

"Ten years ago I wanted to create something that merged all my interests -- film, speaking, audience interaction, and the theater experiments I did with The Webby Awards -- into one experience I started calling “Live Spoken Cinema.” I have been experimenting with this form on my book tour for 24/6 and at various events over the years, and I was thrilled with the response to the premiere of our Live Spoken Cinema 1 hour show, Dear Human, at The Museum of Modern Art in New York.”

- Tiffany Shlain

— Farai Chideya, broadcaster and author of books including The Episodic Career.

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About Dear Human

About MoMA's Doc Fortnight

"Always a momentous occasion for lovers of nonfiction cinema, Doc Fortnight celebrates its 19th edition with some of the most formally innovative, thought-provoking documentary and hybrid films being made in the world today. This year’s edition features 12 world premieres, 17 North American premieres, and 14 US premieres from 38 countries. Many of these films have won top prizes at other major international festivals, including Cannes, Sundance, Berlin, and Locarno."

About Nonfiction +

"The world premiere is part of Nonfiction+, a special sidebar of MoMA’s nineteenth annual Doc Fortnight series showcasing nonfiction filmmaking that goes beyond the traditional cinematic experience. "

— Farai Chideya, broadcaster and author of books including The Episodic Career.

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Zoom Challah Bakes

"An online baking phenomena"

- The J Weekly

"ZoomChallahBake: The Reason I Haven't Deleted Zoom."

- Salt and Sumac

"Challah giving sourdough some competition during coronavirus."

- SF Chronicle

"The most charismatic host and engaging event I've experienced online."

- NPR's Inflection Point 

Welcome to the Zoom Challah Bakes!

We started these #ZoomChallahBakes at the beginning of the pandemic as a way to bring people together during lockdown. They quickly turned into an extremely powerful and grounding ritual of people from all over the country and globe coming together each week to talk about the pandemic, the movements for racial justice, the elections, and everything else happening in our world...all while baking challah together.


Each ZoomChallahBake features a special guest (doctors, scientists, authors, rabbis, celebrity chefs) to help us navigate these challenging times. Recent guests have included Dr. Angela Duckworth, NYTimes best-selling author Roxane Gay, podcaster Debbie Millman, Rabbis Sydney Mintz and Amichai Lau-Levi, Krista Tippett, the Challah Prince from Berlin, and even Tiffany's mom, Dr. Carole Lewis, a licensed therapist who offered a little group therapy the Friday after the election.


Don't worry if you have never made bread or challah before (even some of our special guests haven't!). And don't worry if you're not Jewish. People of all different backgrounds join.  Everyone's invited. We'll teach you. It's easy. It's healing. We look forward to baking together!