TITLE: CEO, founder
FOCUS AREAS: Social justice, peace, mindfulness, poverty, equity
PROFILE: Lauren Speeth is the founder and CEO of the Elfenworks Foundation. Her professional bio shares:
Filmmaker, educator and social entrepreneur Lauren Speeth has spent all her working life in the Bay Area, primarily in software engineering, from startups to the Fortune 50 level, but also as an educator, teaching graduate and undergraduate computer science, mathematics, and statistics courses. Speeth, who holds a Lifetime California Community College Teaching Credential (Finance, Management, and Computers) now enjoys discussing the power of storytelling and social entrepreneurship with students all over the world.
Speeth and her team leverage a Silicon Valley mindset, the power of partnership, and a gift for storytelling to foster creative solutions on the cutting edge of hope. Dr. Speeth earned her undergraduate degree from Mills College and then pursued various graduate degrees including an MBA (SMC), DBA (GGU) and DMin (BGU). She holds an Advanced Computer Security Professional Credential from Stanford, where she also completed their Executive Program for Philanthropy Leaders as well as a Clinical Pastoral Education (CPE) program.
Speeth serves an External Advisor to the Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality, where she was an architect/programmer for their website inequality.com, orchestrating their launch with A Concert for Hope. Speeth is a Lifetime Member of the Board of Councilors at The Carter Center, a Regent Emeritus of Saint Mary’s College of California, a former Trustee of Mills College of California, and Violin I Emeritus with The Peninsula Symphony.
Speeth’s works in various media – web, film, books, music, multimedia – have garnered critical acclaim (see Elfenworks Productions) and she is much sought after as a public speaker and judge of media content. For her work as a social entrepreneur, Speeth was named one of 40 Women of Influence by Saint Mary’s College and awarded a Doctor of Law Honoris Causa from Golden Gate University. Lauren and the team believe that YOU can make an exceptional difference. That’s why her greatest passion is fostering student changemakers (See the Global Glance), reminding them to ...never underestimate your ripple!
Learn more about Speeth in this video regarding Campus MovieFest. Golden Gate University also has a thorough article about her background and perspective that’s worth checking out. Highlights of her work as a lifelong musician, career technologist, and filmmaker can be viewed here.