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Emily  Dreyfuss

Emily Dreyfuss

Editorial Director of Protocol


Emily Dreyfuss is the editorial director of Protocol, a new tech news publication from the publisher of Politico. Previously, she was a senior writer and editor at WIRED and the senior programing manager at CNET. As a 2018 Harvard Nieman-Berkman Klein fellow, Emily studied how the internet changes the historical record. Her work has appeared in Pop-Up Magazine, The New York Times, The Atlantic, and The Week. During the 2016 presidential election, she led WIRED's National Affairs coverage. Prior to that, she managed and edited WIRED Opinion and WIRED Security sections. Read More >

Dreyfuss began her journalism career in 2005 as a beat reporter for a small-town newspaper in Connecticut. She transitioned to covering technology after moving to San Francisco and joining CNET, where she co-created the popular podcast Rumor Has It. Dreyfuss has a bachelor’s degree in English from Wesleyan University. She lives in Boston with her husband, who is a neuroscientist, and their young son.

Her area of expertise is not in any one specific area of technology, but rather, how technology permeates every aspect of life from how we talk to each other to how we work and how we raise our children. Dreyfuss is passionate about language and the ways in which it shapes and is shaped by the invisible forces in society and technology. In her own experience, Dreyfuss uses a robotic counterpart to interact with her San Francisco based office. This is just one example of the innovative use of technology that Dreyfuss is “wired” into and is able to share with others. She has appeared on the BBC, NBC News, PBS, and NPR. Dreyfuss has been a featured speaker for multiple tradeshows and conventions, including the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas where next-generation technologies are introduced to the consumer.

Whether she is sharing insights about the latest breakthroughs in technology, cutting-edge innovations in cybersecurity, the usefulness of robotic counterparts in the office, or the barriers for women who are at the precipice of breaking through the glass ceiling, Emily Dreyfuss is an irreverent, knowledgeable and a compelling keynote speaker. She currently lives in San Francisco. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

My Life as a Robot

Speech Topics

The Omnipresence of Technology

From discoveries in science, cybersecurity and the SIM card in your smart phone, technology impacts virtually every aspect of our lives. In this talk, Dreyfuss will challenge you to reach outside your own comfort zone to see how technology seeps into every part of life. She breaks down the ways that can help and hinder, and offers tips for managing and being aware of technology’s impact. She is a brilliant and compelling story-teller with a keen understanding of the omnipresence of technology and what that means for the future.

Robots in the Workplace: More than Just an Extension of You

The debate of whether robots can replace humans has been a concern for decades, but there is a fundamental shift when today’s robots have become less of a threat and more of an extension of us. Telepresence robots have advanced to the point that they can change work options. In this talk, Dreyfuss explains how robots allow us to be remotely involved, interacting with co-workers and the unexpected psychological attachment humans can develop with their robots. It’s a compelling, light-hearted discussion about having a robotic counterpart in the workplace and the ground rules to consider. Dreyfuss mixes personal experience with data to give meaningful advice.

How to be a Woman Journalist in a Man's World: Breaking the Glass Ceiling

Balancing family and work life is challenging enough for every woman. As a Senior Writer for WIRED, Dreyfuss has broken the glass ceiling as both a female journalist and a woman who has her finger on the pulse of technology trends. In this talk, Dreyfuss discusses the realities of achieving a “Work-Life” balance, from gender roles, salaries, and balancing family while staying on top of the latest innovations in technology.

The Power in Lifting the Whole Team: How Companies Can Empower Their People

The success of any company can be traced back and attributed to its people. Sharing insights from your employees helps everyone. “If you are excited for those around you to succeed and you do everything in your power to make it so, it lifts the whole team up. That's my working philosophy,” Dreyfuss says. In this talk, Dreyfuss will inspire with her thoughtful and down to earth self. She will leave your audience with important wisdom for developing a mindset of lifting the ideas and insights of all staff members, and how that critical shift can make the team and company flourish.