Amanda Lipp

Public Speaker, Filmmaker, and Social Entrepreneur

Amanda Lipp is Founder and CEO of The Giving Gallery, and Director & Filmmaker of Lipp Studios. Amanda is the youngest board director of the largest grassroots mental health nonprofit in the U.S., the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and serves on the advisory board of Technology Adolescent Mental Wellness, a research initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has given over 150 speeches locally and globally, and has made over 20 short films about youth psychosis and schizophrenia.

  • Amanda Lipp`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Amanda Lipp`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Amanda Lipp`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Amanda Lipp`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

Suggested Keynote Speaker Programs

Symptoms to Superpowers: Finding Strength & Creativity

Amanda’s shares her journey from mental health breakdown during college to becoming a mental health leader. Spending three months in a psychiatric hospital hearing patients’ stories of struggle and triumph, she observed from the inside-out how the system works. ...

Amanda’s shares her journey from mental health breakdown during college to becoming a mental health leader. Spending three months in a psychiatric hospital hearing patients’ stories of struggle and triumph, she observed from the inside-out how the system works. She shares how hitting rock bottom gave her ‘superpowers’ of empathy and insight to help audiences learn.

What’s your mental health superpower? 

  • How can vulnerability evolve to strength
  • Why challenging the system is needed now more than ever
  • Why creative healing is a personal investment

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Humanizing Mental Health: The Impact of Storytelling

Amanda’s journey to becoming a filmmaker began with storyboarding patient’s stories at the psychiatric hospital. She learned that listening and crafting a story can be therapeutic and empowering. As she learned the art of interviewing and storyboarding, she realized that ...

Amanda’s journey to becoming a filmmaker began with storyboarding patient’s stories at the psychiatric hospital. She learned that listening and crafting a story can be therapeutic and empowering. As she learned the art of interviewing and storyboarding, she realized that filmmaking practices translate to everyday human interactions as well. It’s rather simple: people want to be heardappreciated, and represented. When we see others talk about mental health, it gives us the opportunity to reflect on our own.

Do we listen with intent?

  • How storytelling can improve access to services & support
  • Why strategic sharing empowers agency & accountability
  • How owning our personal narratives builds confidence

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Pulling up a Seat at the Table

Amanda shares her insights starting her filmmaking and consulting business at 23 years old to serving on state and national mental health boards since she was 19 years old. She often gets asked by youth: “How did you get started in mental health?”, or ...

Amanda shares her insights starting her filmmaking and consulting business at 23 years old to serving on state and national mental health boards since she was 19 years old. She often gets asked by youth: “How did you get started in mental health?”, or “How did you become a filmmaker?”

Start with your passion & what you love 

  • Passion 1st: leading with your gut and strengths
  • Humility with Confidence: knowing when to step up, and when to step to the side
  • Equity: challenging teams and boards to be representative of their diverse communities
  • Just start: incremental success and leaning into discomfort

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Work Hard, Play Harder

Now more than ever, traditional workplaces are being altered and challenged. Managing work-life balance and finding outlets is key to wellness. How do we build a career that works with our lifestyle? What if we invested in ourselves as much as our ...

Now more than ever, traditional workplaces are being altered and challenged. Managing work-life balance and finding outlets is key to wellness. How do we build a career that works with our lifestyle? What if we invested in ourselves as much as our careers?  Time off and flexibility has become normalized and even encouraged. This is also a privilege and depends on one’s work culture and its leadership. Amanda has been working remotely since she graduated college in 2014, navigating the pressures of being a serial business owner and meeting demands of clients and employers. She has built her work around her lifestyle.

  • Get off the grid: seeing time off as an investment in both your personal and professional life
  • Progress over perfection: there’s always more to do, so celebrate the small wins
  • Investing in you: prioritizing your personal aspirations as much as your career goals

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Workshop: Cause-Driven Filmmaking: How films can help people

Amanda shares behind-the-scenes of how she makes short documentary films. Her specialty is cause-driven filmmaking in mental health and social impact. In other words, how can films help people’s lives and improve systems? Amanda believes filmmaking is ...

Amanda shares behind-the-scenes of how she makes short documentary films. Her specialty is cause-driven filmmaking in mental health and social impact. In other words, how can films help people’s lives and improve systems? Amanda believes filmmaking is both an art and a science that requires building strategic partnerships and thinking outside the box.

How can films drive empathy & innovation?

  • Power & Responsibility: bias and journalistic ethics in interviewing and editing
  • Digital Advertising: using digital advertising methods to proactively reach people seeking help online
  • Film Production 101: creating film budgets, building crews, and film fundraising
  • Theory to Practice: trauma-informed principles and entertainment-education theories in film practices
  • Film Promotion: digital advertising, strategic partnerships, and film festivals

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About Keynote Speaker Amanda Lipp

Amanda is the Director of Lipp Studios, Founder of The Giving Gallery, and Research Specialist for the Center for Applied Research Solutions. She works at the intersection of mental health, storytelling, art, and technology.

Amanda has produced over 60 short documentaries about mental health and social impact – covering topics such as youth psychosis, digital health, recreation therapy, and tiny home building for California fire victims. Since age 18, she has given over 150 speeches around the U.S. sharing her mental health recovery lessons, debuting her films, and spreading advocacy. Clients have included Columbia Psychiatry, Sutter Health, University of Wisconsin, and Princeton University.

Amanda currently serves on the Mental Health Advisory Panel at Google, and is a member of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Committee (ISMICC) created by Congress to advise on federal mental health policy. Amanda is a former board member of the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), the largest grassroots mental health nonprofit in the U.S. She served six years on NAMI California’s board, followed by three years at NAMI National. She also serves on the Advisory Board of the Technology Adolescent Mental Wellness (TAM) research initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Amanda graduated from UC Davis with a B.S. in Human Development. She is a fellow of CORO Northern California and the Nehemiah Emerging Leaders Program (NELP, Class X).

Amanda’s hobbies include mountain biking, rock climbing, SCUBA diving, and she holds a black belt in Kung Fu and Kenpo. Amanda is based in Sacramento, California.

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