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About Me

Ellen Stiefler wears a number of hats that come together to nurture talent, develop their stories, and bring them out into the world across many media. Her roles include talent agent or manager -- she finds and nurtures the creative people who produce ideas worth sharing; intellectual property attorney -- she identifies, protects and makes deals to develop the rights upon which content can be built; and transmedia producer and publisher -- she sources, vets and assembles the teams, budgets, creative producers, and distribution channels to produce the content and orchestrate its roll-out across all forms of media – books, movies, television, stage productions, and a host of other creative outlets for the story. She also leverages traditional and social media, transmedia engagement with audiences, and other publicity and promotion to maximize the impact of the stories.

A TED-related example of Ellen's work is bringing out Dr. Jill Bolte Taylor's TED Talk across many media, including a New York Times bestselling book, ballet, documentary, and a full-length feature film that is in development.

Another area of great importance to Ellen is her work in integrative holistic medicine. In the 90’s, Ellen was on the founding board of directors for the Scripps Center for Integrative Medicine, which became a preeminent and pioneering center at the national forefront of evidence-backed, science-backed Integrative Medicine. Ellen then joined the American Board of Integrative Holistic Medicine, which educates and board-certifies medical doctors and doctors of osteopathy in Integrative Holistic Medicine. She later became a founding board member of the Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine. Ellen has also brought out a number of bestselling books, and worked on developing a scripted television procedural dramatic series featuring integrative, holistic medicine, and she represents many of the nation’s best physicians and licensed practitioners in allied health fields who are transforming healthcare in America to be more patient-centered, preventive and holistic.

On the home front, Ellen and Rand have a blended family of eight children, plus two daughters-in-law and two grandchildren. When they are living on land, Ellen and Rand enjoy beekeeping and produce more than 100 lbs of honey each summer. They are also avid sailors and are in the midst of circumnavigating on their sailing catamaran, Golden Glow. Ellen will come to TED 2015 directly from her boat in the Leeward Islands, and have to skip TED 2016 because she be sailing across the Pacific from the Galapagos Islands to the Marquesas while TED happens.

Location:
United States, New York, NY
Current organization:
Transmedia Multiverse
Current role:
CEO
Gender:
Female
Areas of expertise:
Intellectual property (copyrights, trademarks, trade secrets), t
I am:
Brainstormer, Business adviser, Connector, Consultant, Entrepreneur, Idea generator, Investor, Parent, Promoter, World traveler
My website links:
Transmedia Productions, sv Golden Glow (sail-circumnavigation blog)
Universities:
Duke University, The Juilliard School , Brearley
TED conferences attended:
TED2015, TED2014, TED2013, TED2012, TED2011, TED2010, TED2009, TED2008, TED2007, TED2006

TEDCRED 200+ TED Attendee

More About Me

I'm passionate about

circumnavigating by sailboat, beekeeping, integrative holistic medicine, bringing great stories to the world across all media, my sweetheart, children, friends & family.

Talk to me about

Circumnavigating by Sailboat, Integrative Holistic Medicine, Beekeeping

People don't know that I'm good at

violin (Juiliard-trained)

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  • A comment on Talk: Omar Ahmad: Political change with pen and paper

    May 5 2010: Omar, this is great practical advice, funny and inspirational too.
    I'm sending your talk to all my children as something they won't learn in school, but should be taught.
    Thanks so much for sharing.
  • +5

    A comment on Talk: Philip K. Howard: Four ways to fix a broken legal system

    Mar 26 2010: I can relate to what Philip is describing from an insider's perspective. I'm a lawyer by training.
    Before you shoot me, let me tell you that I was raised by two lawyers who were like Atticus Finch - lovely, decent, kind - which helps me maintain my optimism for what is possible in the profession of law.
    Still, it's sad that there's no greater professional compliment I hear than "you're such a non-lawyer lawyer."
    As it happens (and it happens too often), this morning I'm revising a contract from one of the "lawyer lawyers" that would leave you feeling as if you'd better count your fingers after shaking the other guy's hand.
    That says a lot about how law can be misused, and about what has to be changed.
    Fortunately, we know the client on the other side of the transaction and he is a good guy. We recognize that it's his lawyer who has taken his good intention and almost killed the deal with this weapon of a contract. We will work it through and after we’ll send him this TEDTalk.
  • +4

    A comment on Talk: Eric Lewis: Chaos and harmony on piano

    Mar 26 2010: Here are videos of a Post-TED concert Eric gave at my house. I want to share them for you to enjoy too.
    http://bit.ly/dhd7Df - "Heartbeat"
    http://bit.ly/9Q98EX - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
    http://bit.ly/a4Z1Hl - "Mr. Brightside"
    http://bit.ly/9XtxvL - "Georgia"
    http://bit.ly/94qj7T - Breaking Bejamin, "Diary of Jane"
    http://bit.ly/bgLCzA - what he ended with after everyone went home, pt 1
    http://bit.ly/dB8UIC - what he ended with after everyone went home, pt 2
  • +3

    A comment on Talk: Eric Lewis: Piano jazz that rocks

    Mar 26 2010: Here are videos of a Post-TED concert Eric gave at my house. I want to share them for you to enjoy too.
    http://bit.ly/dhd7Df - "Heartbeat"
    http://bit.ly/9Q98EX - "Smells Like Teen Spirit"
    http://bit.ly/a4Z1Hl - "Mr. Brightside"
    http://bit.ly/9XtxvL - "Georgia"
    http://bit.ly/94qj7T - Breaking Bejamin, "Diary of Jane"
    http://bit.ly/bgLCzA - what he ended with after everyone went home, pt 1
    http://bit.ly/dB8UIC - what he ended with after everyone went home, pt 2
  • +4

    A comment on Talk: Robert Gupta: Music is medicine, music is sanity

    Mar 26 2010: Robert "played real good for free" at the Westin music jam late one night at TED too.
    Here are links to his two performances there: http://bit.ly/94Bj7v and http://bit.ly/d8py3V
    Enjoy!
  • +7

    A comment on Talk: Temple Grandin: The world needs all kinds of minds

    Feb 24 2010: Temple Grandin's TEDTalk illustrates the point (as did Aimee Mullin's) that "disabilities" are just differences. There are advantages to being able to think in pictures (or being able to wear prosthetics to make your legs long or strong). Vive la difference!
  • +4

    A comment on Talk: Tod Machover + Dan Ellsey: Inventing instruments that unlock new music

    Jun 17 2009: Tod's talk at '08 TED, with the talented and joyful Dan Elsey, still stands on the short list of most inspirational and moving TEDTalks of all time in my humble opinion. I did have to wait in a line behind people like Al Gore and Robin Williams to thank them after their performance, so my guess is that I'm in good company thinking so. Don't miss this Excellent talk!
  • A comment on Talk: Aimee Mullins: Changing my legs - and my mindset

    Jan 29 2009: Aimee's true "disability" is when people treat her or label her as a disabled person. She competes at every level as a non-disabled person. The greatest disservice to Aimee, or anyone with her courage and self-confidence, would be to label or marginalize them based on our perceptions of their having a disability.
    Think about how it is with children growing up. Every one of us has relative abilities and disabilities if we stop to compare ourselves. But we all do better if we believe in ourselves and that develops if others believe in us.
    With children, this starts with parents and others who care for them believing in the child's abilities. If the caretakers label a child as being "disabled" and starts treating him as having a disability, he will more than likely never exceed this diminished expectation.
    In Aimee's case, I'm guessing her parents told her that she could do anything she wanted to accomplish. If every child, with all degrees of ability and disability, had that same kind of support, wouldn't it be wonderful!
    There are days - like after I climbed Mt Kilimanjaro, or after I climbed Mt Whitney up and down all in one very long day - that my "abled" legs were worked-over and I wished for another set of legs to change into. The issue isn't how strong or weak or injured or unique our legs are....it's what we do with them - and that goes for all our gifts!