Filmmaker; Founder, The Webby Awards; Co-Founder, 50/50 Day & Character Day
Tiffany Shlain is an Emmy-nominated filmmaker and the founder of the Webby Awards, the leading international awards honoring excellence on the internet. She’s also the co-founder of two global initiatives, Character Day and 50/50 Day. Unified days of film and discussion that unite more than 100,000 live events, Character Day explores the science of character and 50/50 Day focuses on gender equity. Shlain’s films and work have received more than 80 awards and distinctions, including premiering at the Sundance Film Festival, a “Disruptive Innovation Award” from the Tribeca Film Festival, and being selected by the US State Department to represent the United States around the world as part of their American Film Showcase. Shlain is a Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and was named by Newsweek as one of the “Women Shaping the 21st Century.” A world-renowned speaker, Shlain has given talks at NASA, Harvard, Google, other Fortune 500 companies, and University of California, Berkeley, where her 2010 commencement speech was named one of the “Best Commencement Speeches, Ever” by NPR.