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Tiffany Shlain            

Founder of The Webby Awards; Emmy-Nominated Filmmaker, Bestselling Author, Internet Pioneer & Futurist

Honored by Newsweek as one of the "Women Shaping the 21st Century," Tiffany Shlain is an artist, activist, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, national bestselling author, and the founder of the Webby Awards. Working across mediums, from sculptures, films, to performance, Shlain's work explores the intersection of feminism, philosophy, technology, neuroscience, and nature.

The Museum of Modern Art in New York premiered her one-woman spoken cinema show, "Dear Human," and her recent art exhibition, "Human Nature," was presented by the National Women’s History Museum. The centerpiece sculpture from that show, DENDROFEMONOLOGY, A Feminist History Tree Ring, will be installed on the National Mall in DC Nov 1-4 and a large-scale photograph of the work is part of the de Young OPEN at the de Young Museum of Fine Arts this fall. The Nancy Hoffman Gallery in New York will be presenting her Human Nature solo exhibition in 2024. Shlain is also creating an exhibition with Ken Goldberg for the Getty Museum's Pacific Standard Time: Art & Science Collide art initiative at the Skirball Cultural Center in Los Angeles set for Oct 2024.

Her awards and distinctions include selection by the Albert Einstein Foundation for their Genius100 list, the Neil Postman Award for Career Achievement in Intellectual Activity, and inclusion in NPR’s list of best commencement speeches. Shlain is known for her dynamic cinematic talk experiences and performs internationally. Her films have had multiple premieres at the Sundance Film Festival, received over 60 awards, and have been shown at US embassies around the world to represent America.

Shlain’s book, "24/6: Giving up Screens One Day a Week to Get More Time, Creativity, and Connection," received the Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award.

Speech Topics


The Future of Work: Creating the New Work/ Life Balance in Our New Hybrid World

A dynamic presentation with interactive components for employees and employers, together. As we reemerge from the pandemic, companies everywhere are asking: How do we work smarter? How do we maximize the benefits of technology (including remote work) while maintaining quality in-person office time? How do we create a work culture where both employers and employees can prosper? This talk offers effective answers for the new workplace.

24/6 The Power of Unplugging One Day a Week

Tiffany Shlain will explore in her inspiring talk how turning off screens one day a week can work wonders on your brain, body, and soul. By doing this practice for over a decade, Internet pioneer and renowned filmmaker Tiffany Shlain and her family have gained more time, productivity, connection, and presence. Drawn from the ancient ritual of Shabbat, living 24/6 can work for anyone from any background. With humor and wisdom, Shlain shares her story, offers lessons she has learned, and provides a blueprint for how to do it yourself.

Making Things Happen: Turning an Idea into a Reality.

From creating the Webby Awards, to making award-winning films and books, to her recent show at MoMA in NYC, Tiffany illuminates her process for taking an idea into action. In this riveting and highly visual talk, Tiffany shares creating space to have new ideas, developing projects with advisory boards, fundraising and marketing projects to produce supersonic launches into the world.

American Jewish Identity in the 21st Century

Known for updating Jewish ideas in creative and innovative ways, Tiffany will share through her projects (Sundance Film Festival hit film The Tribe, to Making of a Mensch and her Tech Shabbats) the ways in which Jewish wisdom and practice (including rethinking rituals for the 21st century) have transformed her life.

Getting to Gender Balanced World that's Better For Everyone

Tiffany gives a rousing reframing of women and power, highlighting the importance of shifting from a perspective of scarcity to one of abundance, and how to create a gender equitable world -- one that works better for everyone: all races, all classes, all ages. She brings her film 50/50: The 10,000 Year History of Women + Power to life with this talk.

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