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Tiffany Shlain  

Filmmaker & Founder of the Webby Awards

Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, artist, founder of The Webby Awards, and co-founder of the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences.

A celebrated thinker and catalyst, Shlain is known for her ability to illuminate complex ideas about culture, science, technology, and life through her unique films, dynamic talks, and projects. Her films have been translated into eight different languages, along with 60 awards and distinctions, including audience and grand jury prizes and a Disruptive Innovation Award from The Tribeca Film Festival. Her last four films premiered at Sundance, including her acclaimed feature documentary, Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology, which The New York Times said examined “everything from the Big Bang to Twitter” and “Incredibly engaging.”

Her previous two award-winning films are Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness, about reproductive rights in America, and The Tribe, an exploration of American Jewish identity through the history of the Barbie doll.

She is director of The Moxie Institute, an organization that creates films, discussion programs, theater experiences, and Internet experiments around social issues using emerging technologies.

A sought-after world-renowned keynote speaker, Tiffany Shlain is entertaining, insightful, informative, and makes use of highly visual technology, which usually includes one of her award-winning films. She speaks about what it means to be “connected” in the 21st century, the Internet and its effect on society, and the changing roles of women, among many other topics. She has spoken at institutions including Google, Harvard, NASA, and Fortune 500 companies, and delivered the campus-wide commencement address at UCBerkeley, for which she received a standing ovation from 11,000 people.

Speech Topics

Internet/Society & Technology

  • The Single Most Important Thing You Need to Understand About the Power of Technology
  • What Does it Mean to be “Connected” in the 21st Century?
  • How the Internet is Causing Us To Think More Interdependently
  • The Participatory Revolution: What Your Organization Needs to Understand
  • The Importance of Regularly Unplugging
  • How the Rules of the Film Industry are Being Rewritten by The Web
  • Digital DNA: Why Humans Need to Connect Online and How it’s Changing Us
  • Online Culture: The Attributes of a New Culture.
  • How The Web is Changing the Way We Work, Play, Love, Learn & Live

Tech Shabbats / Unplugging

  • What is a “Tech Shabbat?”
  • What Does it Mean to be Connected in the 21st Century, and What Does Day-of-Rest Mean?
  • Where is All This Technology and Connectedness Taking Us?
  • The Unexpected Benefits of Unplugging.


  • Making Things Happen: How to Use The Web, Moxie, and Creativity to Turn an Idea into Reality
  • Leading in a Connected World.
  • Shaping Social Change: How to Use The Web as a Vehicle
  • Social Change in Your Community, at Your School, for Your Cause
  • The Curvy Path of My Career: For this talk, Tiffany reviews her career and shows several award-winning short films, with two Sundance selections.

Filmmaking and Creativity

  • Cloud Filmmaking
  • The Creative Process
  • The Anatomy of a Film: Creating a Film Project
  • Self-Distributing Films Online

Women in Society and Leadership

  • How The Web is Changing the Landscape for Filmmakers
  • Women & The Web: Technology’s Influence on the Way Women Lead, Mother, and Live
  • Motherhood in the 21st Century
  • Being a Jewish Woman in the 21st Century

Jewish Identity

  • American Jewish Identity in the 21st Century
  • Being a Jewish Woman in the 21st Century
  • The Tribe: A Case Study on the Film & Discussion Program and the Response

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