Claire Díaz-Ortiz

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From Claire’s perspective leading social innovation at Twitter, this talk explores the meaning, importance, and impact of innovation in business today, highlighting key organizational practices and strategies that some of the most extraordinary business leaders are using to get ahead. Named by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, Claire particularly explores the link between dreaming an innovative reality, and creating it.

Drawing on her background as an early employee of Twitter and her wealth of experience in Silicon Valley, Claire uses this talk to emphasize how connection is the true one and only in business today. This speech touches on autobiographical and inspirational content related to her own strange Silicon Valley origins – in an African orphanage, no less – to speak of the power of connection for humanity, and what that can mean in shaping the way we think about connection in business. Claire also draws on her experience as “The Woman Who Got the Pope on Twitter” (Wired) and “Twitter’s Pontiff Recruitment Chief” (The Washington Post) to speak to the power of why anyone – and everyone – needs to create such connections. This speech can be tailored to best fit one of three key settings: general corporate, technology (including social media specific), or pro-social.


Claire Diaz-Ortiz is not only known as “The Woman Who Got the Pope on Twitter” – she is also known for the precariously viral honor of being the first (and only?!) person to live-tweet the birth of a child. More news? She wrote a book on the meaning of our always connected world, and is militant about taking time offline. From the perspective of Claire’s early work at Twitter, and her own personal experience of being inherently connected, she delivers a talk about what it really means to be so connected in this day and age.


This talk begins with a high-level look at the far-reaching power of Twitter, but then dives deep into concrete tactical strategy for corporations and organizations of all sizes. This talk can be tailored to a for-profit or a pro-social audience, and is based off of Claire’s award-winning book about Twitter.


Known as both “A Force for Good” (Forbes), and “One of the Most Generous People in Social Media” (Fast Company), Claire is passionate about the power of technology to be a force for positive change. This talk brings both her unusual personal history as a young foster mother and her years working in AIDS orphanages together with her expertise in using technology for good to share how technology has the deep power to change our world for the better.


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Claire Diaz-Ortiz is an author, speaker, and technology innovator who has been named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company. Claire was an early employee at Twitter, where she spent five and a years leading social innovation.

In Claire’s time at Twitter, she was called everything from “The Woman Who Got the Pope on Twitter” (Wired) and “Twitter’s Pontiff Recruitment Chief” (The Washington Post) to a “Force for Good“ (Forbes) and “One of the Most Generous People in Social Media” (Fast Company).

Claire is the award-winning author of eight books that have been translated into more than ten languages, including One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work with a Mentor – and How You’ll Benefit from Being One; Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time; Design Your Day: Be More Productive, Set Better Goals, and Live Life on Purpose; and Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption.

She is a frequent international speaker on social media, business and innovation and has been invited to deliver keynotes and trainings at organizations like the Vatican, the US State Department, Verizon, South by Southwest, TEDX, and many others.

She writes a popular business blog at and serves as a LinkedIn Influencer, one of a select group of several hundred global leaders chosen to provide original content on the LinkedIn platform.

Claire holds an MBA from Oxford University, where she was a Skoll Foundation Scholar for Social Entrepreneurship, and has a B.A. and an M.A. in Anthropology from Stanford University.

She is the co-founder of Hope Runs, a non-profit organization operating in AIDS orphanages in Kenya.

She has appeared widely in major television and print news sources such as CNN, BBC, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Washington Post, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, and many others.

Read more about her at or via @claire on Twitter.

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