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Tiffany Shlain            

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

Included on NPR’s list of “Best Commencement Speeches” Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and author of the national bestselling book "24/6: Giving up Screens One Day a Week to Get More Time, Creativity, and Connection."

Shlain has received over 80 awards and distinctions for her films and work, including selection by the Albert Einstein Foundation’s as one of the 100 visionaries who carry on his legacy, being listed as one of Newsweek's "Women Shaping the 21st Century," and winning the Marshall McLuhan Outstanding Book Award.

Shlain lectures worldwide on topics including the relationship between humanity and technology; the future of work; creativity and neuroscience; transforming ideas into reality; Jewish identity; and gender and inclusion. The Museum of Modern Art New York premiered her one-woman performance Dear Human at the start of 2020 to a sold-out crowd and standing ovation. During the pandemic she translated her stage energy to Zoom with her very popular ZoomChallahBakes that press called “one of the most engaging Zoom experiences of the pandemic.”

Shlain’s dynamic keynotes include stunning visuals and audience engagement, and are known for their wisdom, humor, insight, and ability to explain complicated subjects in entertaining and accessible ways. She appears regularly in the New York Times and Washington Post, and her work has been referenced on Jeopardy and in the New York Times crossword puzzle.

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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