Annie Orenstein

Creator and Executive Producer, Spotlight On Women
Maaleh Adummim, Israel

About Annie


For the past 5 years, I have been producing shows for women in the performing arts. I am a co-founder of a non-profit organization called Spotlight On Women which aims to give opportunities to women to develop, discover and define themselves onstage and off. I get a lot of satisfaction creating shows and empowering women (and men) by paying them for their work. I am 31 years old, a wife of 9 years, and mother of 2 beautiful daughters, and I am so greatful! I have a degree in Early Childhood Education and love working with children. Originally from Brooklyn, NY, I moved to Israel with my husband 8 years ago.


English, Hebrew

An idea worth spreading

When we listen to people's experiences first hand both onstage and off, we let them share their voice and give them a place in this world to be individuals. We learn from them. We can empower them to be the people they want to be, and encourage them to share their differences. My dream is to create a world where there does not need to be competition since each and every one of us has a different purpose in this world. No two people are meant to stand in the same shoes. When we respect our differences and create a forum like TED to learn from one another, we are empowering ourselves with the knowledge and drive to create our own voices. It might just be impossible for each of us to care about every single social issue that exists in the world. I can pick the one closest to me, and make change slowly, one person at a time.

I'm passionate about

I am passionate about the arts, learning, growth. music, and dance... Creating a stage where women can find themselves and search within for their individual voice to share and inspire others.

Talk to me about

Life, love, marriage, loss, children, miscarriage, Israel, performing arts, personal growth and sharing. TEDxwomen in Israel

People don't know I'm good at

Fixing things, listening, and giving sound advice. Oh.. and I like to sing, and laugh! I also pay good attention to detail.

My TED story

My mother died of Breast Cancer when I was 16. I grew up with my grandparents.

Comments & conversations

Annie Orenstein
Posted over 3 years ago
Can we really become happier? Happier ourselves? Can we create happier places to work? Or even happier societies?
Such an interesting topic, and there are many books that are written on it as well.. If I may suggest Happier by Dr. Tal Ben- Shahar who taught Positive Psychology at Harvard. Happiness, to me, is tapping in to ones own inner strengths and discovering our core purpose. People tend to walk blindly in this world because they are victims of the rat race. They fall prey to the push to be the best... better than everyone. This race does not bring us happiness. It actually deters people from their individual calling. I beleive that the more train ourselves to be a part of a whole, then we will respect other peoples dreams and aspirations. Ultimately, we have to fill our own shoes, and make the change that only we are meant to make in this world. So, being part of a whole, when it is used in different environments, such as a community, or a workplace can give people a strong sense of ownership over what they are bringing to the table. This creates an identity, and makes us feel needed in society. Happiness to me is the fulfillment of a sense of belonging, and love.Its finding a void and filling it with goodness and meaning. We must train ourselves to be positive in interpreting our world, and we should never forget to smile.. I know, that making other people happy makes me happy. I hope that I am good at it. Thanks for reading,Annie