Honored by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century,” and singled out by NPR on their list of “best commencement speeches, ever,” Tiffany Shlain is a filmmaker, author, and speaker about the future and how we want to live it. Her films and work have received 66 awards and distinctions including a “Disruptive Innovation Award” from the Tribeca Film Festival. Four of her films have premiered at Sundance, including her acclaimed feature documentary, Connected: An Autoblogography about Love, Death & Technology, which the New York Times hailed as “incredibly engaging” and “examining everything from the Big Bang to Twitter.” The U.S. State Department has selected two of her films (Connected and Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks) as part of The American Film Showcase where they send Shlain and her films to embassies around the world to represent America. She has a new hit film series on AOL called The Future Starts Here that explores subjects including her weekly technology shabbats, modern motherhood, tech etiquette, the creative process, robots, and new thinking on thinking. The series was an instant hit with over 20 million views in the first few months.
Shlain is a world-renowned speaker and has been featured at institutions including Google, Harvard, NASA, and Fortune 500 companies, and delivered the campus-wide commencement address at UC Berkeley, for which she received a standing ovation from 11,000 people. Shlain 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 then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton about the Internet and technology. She is a member of The Writer’s Guild of America and contributes to Harvard Business Review and Documentary Magazine. Fast Company also listed her as one of the people to follow on Twitter for 2013. The TED Conferences published her first book, titled Brain Power: From Neurons to Networks and her latest film The Science of Character will be released March 20th, 2014 for “Character Day.” She also writes a quarterly newsletter called Breakfast @ Tiffany’s. Shlain lives in Northern California with her husband and two children.
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