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Tiffany Shlain  

Emmy-Nominated Filmmaker & Founder of the Webby Awards

Included on NPR's list of “Best Commencement Speeches, Ever” and named one of Newsweek's "Women Shaping the 21st Century," Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder of the Webby Awards, and dynamic speaker known for her visually stimulating, big picture, provocative, inspiring, and engaging keynotes. With clips from her films in the background, Tiffany brings audiences on a ride that will make them think, laugh, and connect in a way that will bring audiences to their feet.

She has received over 70 awards and distinctions for her films and work, and has premiered four films at Sundance, including her acclaimed feature documentary Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology, which The New York Times hailed as “examining everything from the Big Bang to Twitter,” “incredibly engaging.” The US State Department has also selected three of Shlain’s films, including Connected, to represent the U.S. at embassies around the world to foster dialogue across borders. Her AOL Original series The Future Starts Here was nominated for a 2014 Emmy Award in New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture and has over 40 million views to date. Shlain’s films and lectures employ her signature style of fast-paced images, colorful animations, and daring and humorous insights to encourage us all to think about where we’re headed in our increasingly connected world.

Tiffany was the on-air Internet expert on ABC’s Good Morning America with Diane Sawyer, is a Henry Crown Fellow of The Aspen Institute, is an advisor to The Institute for the Future, and was invited to advise Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the Internet and technology. As a worldrenowned speaker, Tiffany has been featured at institutions including Google, Harvard, NASA, and Fortune 500 companies. She has contributed articles for Harvard Business Review, Documentary Magazine and was listed by Indiewire & FastCompany for her insights on twitter. TED Conferences published her first book, Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks, which launched simultaneously with the premiere of her 10 min film of the same name.

Tiffany publishes a quarterly newsletter, Breakfast @ Tiffany's, where she has highlighted the best in media and ideas since 1998. She runs an independent film studio + lab in San Francisco called The Moxie Institute, and lives in Northern California with her husband/collaborator Ken Goldberg (an artist & professor of robotics at UC Berkeley) and their two children.

While an advocate for technology and a thought-leader on the relationship between technology and humanity, Tiffany and her family are on their 5th year of unplugging for 24 hours each week as part of their “technology shabbats,” a topic she explores in her writing, keynotes, and films.

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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