“Life changing!”

– quote from an attendee at my Rebel in a Polyester Sash presentation, NTC 2011

I’ve been fortunate to have some wonderful opportunities to share what I’m passionate about with amazing audiences. I’ve had the pleasure of speaking at world-renowned conferences like PopTech, TEDx, and SXSW, and at events produced by companies and organizations like the United Nations, AT&T, The New York Times, The Economist, and Fast Company.

Interested in having me as a a speaker, panelist, moderator or emcee for your conference or event? You can request me for a speaking engagement here.

Past speaking topics have included:

  • The future of work
  • Technology startups
  • The New York technology community
  • Organizational management
  • Organizational culture change
  • Work/life fit and flexibility
  • Building community
  • STEM education, especially for girls
  • Women in technology
  • Productivity and the brain at work
  • Career development
  • Emcee/event host

Upcoming Speaking Engagements

Ongoing – Monthly – Emcee for NY Tech Meetup, the largest monthly tech event in New York City

Previous Speaking Engagements

Jessica Lawrence: On leading from PopTech on Vimeo.


  • May – Keynote Speaker – AT&T – New Jersey
  • April – Speaker – TEDxFoggyBottom (video) – Washington, DC
  • March – Featured Speaker at SXSW Interactive (press announcement) – Austin, TX


  • October – PopTech (video) – Camden, Maine
  • October – The Feast (video) – NYC
  • October – Webdagene – Oslo, Norway
  • August – WeWork Summer Camp – Upstate New York
  • August – The Conference – Sweden
  • May – Hot Topics in Tech
  • April – The Next Web Europe – Amsterdam
  • April – PSFK Conference (written interview)
  • March – SXSW Workshop – Beyond Ping Pong Tables: Building Better Companies
  • February – 7×7 Mentoring Salon at Social Media Week NYC
  • February – Panelist – Roosevelt House – NYC: A City for Tech Innovation?  (vide0)



  • November – Speaker at The Economist – The Ideas Economy Conference  (video)
  • June – Speaker – “State of the Startup: Women in Tech” at General Assembly
  • June – Speaker and Emcee – “Why We’re Still Talking About Women in Tech” at Conversations with Women in Tech: The State of Women in Tech at NASDAQ (video)
  • June – Moderator for “Jumpstart: Concept to Reality” – 2012 Society for Environmental Graphic Design Conference – with Charles Adler, Kickstarter; Mary Ann Naples, OpenSky; Randy J. Hunt, Etsy; Amanda Dameron, Dwell magazine; Virginia Kraljevic, artist and illustrator
  • June – Emcee for “An Evening with Ray Kurzweil” at Gawker Media
  • March – Panelist – “DIY Together: Where Collaboration Begins” – at General Assembly with Kevin Huynh, Althea Erickson, Campbell McKellar, Andrew Wagner, Eleanor Whitney, and Moderated by Amy Cuevas Schroeder.
  • February – Moderator for “Social Sharing and The Art of Doodling” – Social Media Week 2012 at Hearst Magazines with Lance Ulanoff, Doug Jaeger, Evan Vogel, Alexis Ohanian
  • February – Panelist – “The Internet and Power: Sopa, Twitter Censorship and Who We Can Trust To Protect Us” – Social Media Week 2012 at Reuters with Jenna Wortham, Alexis Ohanian, David Pakman, moderated by Rachel Sklar
  • February- Panelist – “Opportunities and Exclusive Content: Using Community to Empower & Excite” – Social Media Week 2012 at 360i HQ with Veronica Chan of Gojee, Laura Chin of Etsy, Gabe Alonson of 360i, Matt Wurst of 360i
  • February – Panelist – “NYC’s Digital Growth through Public Private Sector Innovation” – Social Media Week 2012 at Bloomberg with Kristy Sundjaja, Robert Richardson, Steve Rosenbaum, Jalak Jobanputra, and Danielle Strle


  • October – Guest Lecturer at NYU – Social Entrepreneurship
  • October – Speaker – New York Times – TimesOpen: Innovating Developer Culture
  • June – Opening Key Note – Creating a New Way of Work: How to Embrace, Empower, and Maximize Your Creativity – DIY Business Association Conference – June 2011
  • March – Solo Presentation – SXSW Interactive 2011 – “Rebel in a Polyester Sash: Rehabbing Corporate Culture”
  • March – Solo Presentation – Nonprofit Technology Conference 2011 – “Rebel in a Polyester Sash: Rehabbing Corporate Culture”


  • March  –  SXSW 2010 – Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE): Why It Works
  • June  – Speaker – Girl Scouts of the USA – National Product Sales Conference – Presentations on social media and product sales pathways
  • July  – Speaker – Girl Scouts of the USA  – National Membership & Technology Conference – presentations on social media, volunteer structure redesign
  • April  – Speaker – Girl Scouts of the USA – Senior Leadership Meeting – Transitioning to a Results-Only Work Environment (ROWE)
  • January  – California Parks and Recreation Society Region 4/5 Conference – Tweet This; Facebook Me That: The Secret Sauce of Social Media


  • November – Panelist – Next Generation Workplace Flexibility 2009 – Results-Only Work Environment
  • October – Shoestring Marketing Seminar – Keynote Speaker on Social Media
  • October – Inland Empire Women’s Conference – Panelist on Social Media

Feedback About My Talks

Tweet from Attendees at my SXSW Talks:

@HarshOnInternet: “By FAR the most inspirational talk at #SXSWi by @jessicalawrence #techwomen”

@SGaspary: “@jessicalawrence Your presentation was the best one I have been to at #sxswi thus far. Amazed by what you accomplished in difficult space.”

@callahkate: “Fave session today at #sxsw was #rebelinasash, a vivid case of work culture overhaul. @jessicalawrence you rock and thx for the cookies!”

@misswinnie: “the best #sxswi panel of my day was definitely @jessicalawrence’s rebel with a polyester sash.  yay for working with joy!”

@1mgoldstars: “Loving @jessicalawrence’s #SXSWi talk, Rebel in a Polyester Sash”

@kkinnison: “Discovered another #sxsw hidden gem: @jessicalawrence. Saturday’s gem: Damian Kulash of @okgo. Both full of very relevant insights.”

@rcjohnson: “Keep @jessicalawrence talking.  Covering the tech changes required for ROWE is perfect. This is the useful portion of #rowewhyitworks”

Kind Words from Other Presentations:

“Jessica is an eloquent speaker and forward-thinking leader.  She spoke at our Next Generation Work event about implementing ROWE (Results Only Work Environment) and was one of the favorite panelists among an impressive group of business leaders.  Our audience said they found her story fascinating, thought provoking and inspiring.” – Jessica Riester, Founder, FlexWork Connection

“Jessica Lawrence was the keynote speaker at ShoeString Marketing, our annual marketing seminar for nonprofit executives.  Her presentation on social media captured the audience and set the tone for the rest of the day.  Jessica made our event a real success!  Our evaluation surveys raved about her presentation” – Tim Sunderland, Chair, ShoeString Marketing, American Marketing Association, Inland Empire Chapter

Interested in having me speak at your company or event? You request me for a speaking engagement here.