Tiffany Shlain

Called by Newsweek "one of the women shaping the 21st Century," Emmy-nominated filmmaker, speaker, and Webby Awards Founder Tiffany Shlain has received over eighty awards and distinctions for her work.  Named by NPR as a Best Commencement Speaker, she is a co-founder of 50/50 Day, Character Day and The International Academy of Digital Arts & Sciences.

Tiffany has premiered four films at Sundance, including her acclaimed feature documentary Connected: An Autobiography about Love, Death & Technology, hailed by The New York Times as "high-tech Terry Gilliam… examining everything from the Big Bang to Twitter." The U.S. State Department has selected four of her films, including Connected, to represent the United States at embassies around the world for their American Film Showcase.

Tiffany's film 50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Women + Power, premiered live at TEDWomen, at 275 TEDx's globally, and on Refinery29. It was the centerpiece film for first annual 50/50 Day which had over 11,000 screenings around the globe all linked together in an online discussion about getting to a more gender-balanced world. An art exhibit based on 50/50 was shown at the Leonardo Da Vinci Museum, and her film & art installation "The Whole Cinemagillah," was exhibited at The National Museum of American Jewish History.

Tiffany's original series, The Future Starts Here, was nominated for an Emmy Award in New Approaches: Arts, Lifestyle, Culture and has had over forty million views to date. Her films employ her signature style of fast-paced imagery, animation, scientific research, provocative insight and humor to encourage us to think about the future of our increasingly connected world.


Tiffany has been a speaker at Google, Harvard, NASA, and was the closing speaker for TEDWomen and TEDMED. She was 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 on the Internet and technology. She has been writing a quarterly newsletter about ideas and culture, Breakfast @ Tiffany's, since 1998. Tiffany runs the Let it Ripple film studio in San Francisco, making films and creating global days around subjects shaping our lives.

She and her family are on their 8th year unplugging each week for 24 hours as part of their "Technology Shabbats," which she has written about, given talks about and explores in many of her films.

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