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