How to be a Thumbstopper: Innovative Disruption in a Fast-Paced World
How do you stay abreast of innovation in a rapidly changing world? How do you capture people’s attentions and stand out from the loud, flashy, and click-baity crowd? Thanks to her creative and compelling cartoons and live drawings, Liza Donnelly is renowned as both a disruptor and a “thumbstopper”—someone whose work and words literally make your thumb stop as you scroll through your phone. Drawing on her experience as a cartoonist and publisher behind everything from books to ebooks, paper to digital, and innovative live drawings she does in real time on her iPad, Liza reveals how to incorporate new technologies as a creative thinker, how organizations and brands can find their “authentic voice,” and what it takes to break through the noise and get people to actually stop, look, and think. In this one-of-a-kind presentation, Donnelly practices what she preaches by using technology in exciting ways throughout her keynote, and provides tangible takeaways for leaders and employees in every industry in the process.
Unity Through Humor
It’s no secret that most New Yorker readers flip through the magazine to look at the cartoons before they ever lay eyes on a word of the text. What is it about cartoons and humor we all find so compelling? What about it makes us willing to pause and think? In this timely and thought-provoking speech, Donnelly reveals the power of art and humor to unite us even amid divisive times. Regardless of age, gender or political affiliation, humor has the power to encourage connections and inspire meaningful dialogue. In a time of echo chambers and siloed perspectives, humor can be just the conversation-starter we need.
Inside The New Yorker
The New Yorker Magazine is an American icon. The New Yorker cartoon is the signature element of the magazine, and studying them over the course of the magazine's existence (almost a century!) informs us about ourselves in a unique way. Liza began at the magazine as the youngest and only one of three women drawing cartoons, and she has been there almost half its life (40 years!). In this unique and engaging program, Liza will share her passion for and expert knowledge of the cartoons, and the immensely talented cartoonists. She will tell stories of what is it like to work at The New Yorker, how it has changed with our culture, and how it continues to be the popular, must-read publication it has always been. As The New Yorker itself successfully does, Liza bridges the gap between digital and print in her own work, and she will discuss the challenges and opportunities inherent in this work, positing that because of their visual power and succinct words, cartoons represent our future.
Drawing the Future of Feminism
As one of the few women political cartoonists in the world, Liza tackles women’s issues and feminism through a unique, shrewd, and humorous lens, using cartoons to comment on what it means to be a woman today. Focusing on topics like sex, marriage, motherhood, sexism, inequality, beauty, and diversity in her work, Donnelly’s cartoons are thought-provoking, provocative, and witty portals into womanhood, often pushing their viewers to question the status quo. A top writer in feminism for Medium, Donnelly’s articles, live drawings and cartoons also celebrate the current moment, as she has brought major events like the Women’s March and #MeToo movement to life. In this refreshingly honest and empowering program, Donnelly shares what it means to be a feminist cartoonist, how her work hopes to inspire change, and how cartoons might help us move forward toward a more equitable and understanding future.
Cartoonist Liza Donnelly selected as a Noteworthy Writer by Medium
Award-winning cartoonist for The New Yorker, LIZA DONNELLY was selected by Medium as a Noteworthy Writer for “finding nuance in the news cycle” and sketching “everything that can’t be said.” Celebrated for her humorous, fiercely intelligent and mind-expanding cartoons, Donnelly derives her inspiration from everything from the nightly news to pop culture. Donnelly is also known for her unique “live drawing” technique, which she has used to wow audiences and give an interactive component in her keynotes. In naming Donnelly “Noteworthy,” Medium hails her ability to capture the essence our current moment, and in a video Donnelly explains the power of cartoons to generate important conversations.Watch Liza Donnelly on Medium >>
Liza Donnelly’s creative use of technology results in one-of-a-kind presentations
Delivering a keynote on how to stimulate creativity and innovation in your organization, New Yorker and CBS News Cartoonist LIZA DONNELLY wowed a crowd of nearly 1,000 at the FocusOn Learning event. Renowned for her unique “live drawings” of major events from the Oscars to the Presidential Inauguration, Donnelly uses the same dynamic approach for her presentations, keeping audiences both engaged and inspired by simultaneously illustrating depictions of her key insights while speaking. Her fascinating and cutting-edge keynote kept the FocusOn Learning audience raving on Twitter: “@lizadonnelly keynote + live drawing + tips = inspired #FocusOnLearn”; “@lizadonnelly Yes. This. 100% So grateful to have the chance to listen to you at #FocusOnLearn”; “Gotta love technology --watching @lizadonnelly live draw on screen :)” Full of fresh ideas on how to strategically tap into the power of tech to spur creativity and create dialogue, Donnelly is frequently sought-out for her insights. Recently, she was interviewed by TechRepublic on staying open to new technology as a creative tool, and she’s been profiled in Forbes about how her cartoons offer lessons for entrepreneurs.
Liza Donnelly is A Contributing Cartoonist at CBS This Morning
Award-Winning cartoonist, author, and Cultural Envoy with the U.S. State Department LIZA DONNELLY is a Contributing Cartoonist at CBS This Morning. The famed New Yorker cartoonist creates her pioneering on-the-fly live sketching of the latest headlines as well as behind-the-scenes moments with guests in the studio.
Cartoonist Liza Donnelly Captures Hillary Clinton's Relief at N.Y. Win
Always keeping and eye on the news, award-winning New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly captured Hillary Clinton's relief in winning the New York primary before the candidate even finished her victory speech.Read More
Oscar 2016 "Cartoon" Highlights
Award-Winning New Yorker cartoonist LIZA DONNELLY has gained a following for her “live drawings,” which she started a few years ago by live drawing and Tweeting big events like the State of the Union, Emmys, Tonys, Olympics, even the Mad Men premiere and finale. This year, she was invited to live draw the Oscars and she created an engaging portfolio of work for the star studded event. Click here for cartoon highlights. As a speaker, Liza creates unique and memorable presentations that inspire high praise such as this comment from the Business Innovation Factory, "The audience of over 500 innovation junkies from around the world were hooked and inspired by the creative rendering of Liza's compelling point of view." Liza has spoken for numerous groups including Deutsche Bank, the World Affairs Council, Verizon Wireless, The Norman Rockwell Museum and many more. Liza is also a great speaker for fundraisers and any event that would benefit from having Liza draw cartoons for your special day. Watch her engaging TED Talk and consider bringing her to your next event!Click here to read a post-Oscar Q&A with Liza...
The Power of Pen & Ink in a Global World of Unrest
Following the attack of the French satirical newspaper Charlie Hebdo, killing 12 people, including the top editor and several cartoonists, the global cartoonists’ community united in anguish and outrage. In this personal and poignant New York Times op-ed, LIZA DONNELLY beautifully captures the world of her colleague cartoonists and their power of pen and ink.Read Liza's Engaging NYT Op-Ed...
Liza Donnelly is a contract cartoonist and writer with The New Yorker Magazine, where she has been drawing cartoons about culture and politics for over thirty years. She is also a columnist and cartoonist for Forbes.com, specializing in politics and women’s rights, a contributing cartoonist on CBS This Morning capturing behind the scenes moments with guests and emerging news. Donnelly is also a featured weekly political cartoonist for Medium. Her writing and cartoons have also appeared on Politico, HuffingtonPost, DailyBeast, WashingtonPost, and Salon. She has been profiled globally in numerous publications and her work has been exhibited around the world. In 2014, Donnelly received an honorary doctorate from University of Connecticut, where she delivered the commencement address to the Graduate School ceremony.
Donnelly is a Cultural Envoy for the US State Department, traveling around the world speaking about freedom of speech, cartoons and women’s rights. As a public speaker, Donnelly has also spoken at TED (Technology Entertainment and Design), the United Nations, and The New Yorker Festival, the Thurber House, and the American Association of Editorial Cartoonists annual convention, Vassar College, Bard College, Brown University, The Omega Institute, The Society of Illustrators, The Museum of Cartoon and Comic Art, The Norman Rockwell Museum, among other places. Donnelly was profiled on CBS Sunday Morning, NBC and BetterTV, and has been interviewed on radio and in numerous magazines, newspapers and online. Donnelly’s cartoons and commentary can be seen on various websites: the NewYorker.com; CNN.com; HuffingtonPost.com; Salon.com; DailyBeast.com; WomensEnews.org; NarrativeMagazine.com. Her work has appeared in print publications, including The New York Times, Glamour, Cosmopolitan, The Nation and The Harvard Business Review.
Donnelly is the author/editor of fifteen books. Her most recent book is Women On Men, a collection of her cartoons and writing which was a finalist for the well known humor award in 2014, The Thurber Prize. Before that, she published When Do They Serve The Wine?, The Folly, Flexibility and Fun of Being a Woman, and she also wrote Funny Ladies: The New Yorker’s Greatest Women Cartoonists and Their Cartoons, a history of the women who drew cartoons for the magazine, Sex and Sensibility: Ten Women Examine the Lunacy of Modern Love in 200 Cartoons and Cartoon Marriage: Adventures in Love and Matrimony with the New Yorker’s Cartooning Couple (with Michael Maslin).
Donnelly wrote an article on New Yorker cartoonist Helen Hokinson that appeared in a November, 2002 issue of The New Yorker.
Donnelly conceived of and edited three collections of cartoons for Ballantine Books called Mothers and Daughters, Fathers and Sons and Husbands and Wives (the last two with Michael Maslin). Husbands and Wives and another collection for Andrews and McMeel entitled Call Me When You Reach Nirvana were collections of Ms. Donnelly’s and Mr. Maslin’s cartoons. She has illustrated numerous adult humorous books as well.
In the area of childrens’ books, Donnelly wrote and illustrated seven books for Scholastic, Inc. They are: Dinosaur Day, Dinosaur Beach, Dinosaurs’ Halloween, Dinosaur Garden, Dinosaur Thanksgiving, Dinosaur Christmas, Dinosaurs’ Valentine. The series sold over two million copies. The series is being reprinted digitally for Star Walk Kids Media. Donnelly will publish two new children’s books with Holiday House in 2015.
Donnelly’s book, When Do they Serve the Wine? was optioned by Mark Gordon Studios for an hour long comedy for television; and the book she wrote with her husband, Cartoon Marriage, has been optioned by Jennifer Garner for ABCStudios. She is at work on a new pilot.
She is a charter member of an international project, Cartooning for Peace, helping to promote understanding around the world through humor; and is one of the founding members of USA FECO, the US chapter of the international cartoonists’ organization FECO. She conceived of and is editor for World Ink, a site of international cartoons from contributors around the globe (WorldInk.com) and has curated several exhibits of international cartoonists, here and abroad. Donnelly taught at Vassar College and the School of Visual Arts and is a member of PEN, Authors Guild and the National Cartoonist Society. She is the recipient of an honorary degree from the University of Connecticut, received the Salon St. Just, France International Prize, the Woman of Distinction Prize from the American Association of University Women; and was a member the jury of the World Press Cartoon Prize in Lisbon, the Cartooning for Peace Prize in Geneva in 2012 and 2014, and the Aydin Dogan International Cartoon Competition in Istanbul, Turkey. Her cartoons are in the Library Of Congress Prints and Drawings Collection, the Society Of Illustrators Collection and private collections.
She lives in New York with her husband, New Yorker cartoonist Michael Maslin.