Danielle Feinberg is known for both her work at Pixar Animation Studios, as a champion of diversity, as well as an entertaining and informative speaker, giving talks around the world. Her TED talk, entitled The Magic Ingredient that Brings Pixar Movies to Life, has over 3 million views and was named one of the top TED talks of 2016. In contrast, there was the talk she delivered to a men’s retirement group that, while somewhat of a flop as a talk, proved Feinberg has rare skills as an agent of nap time.
Feinberg began at Pixar in 1997, with a computer science degree from Harvard University, ready to take on the technical, problem-solving role that was rendering on A Bug’s Life. She was soon leading that team, made up of 9 men, 8 of whom were older than her. That film was also where she got her first taste of computer-animated lighting.

Danielle’s TED talk, “The Magic Ingredient that Brings Pixar Movies to Life”

Danielle’s speaking engagements include:

  • TED Talks Live, New York City, NY, 2015
  • APPLE WWDC, San Jose, CA, 2018
  • Festival de las Ideas, Puebla, Mexico, 2023
  • Adobe Max, 2016
  • Adobe Education Summit, 2022
  • SIGGRAPH, 2008, 2012, 2018, 2022
  • Grace Hopper, 2017, 2018
  • IALD (International Association of Lighting Designers), 2015, 2016, 2018
  • ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Conference, Philadelphia, PA, 2019
  • Sonoma Valley Authors Conference, Sonoma, CA, 2023
  • VOICES Lecture Series, Portland, OR, 2022
  • Conference on World Affairs, Boulder, CO, 2011, 2018
  • The View, Turin, Italy 2018, 2022
  • Companies
    • Apple, GoogleX, Adobe, Code.Org, Girls Who Code, CSForAll, Lesbians Who Tech, Electronic Arts, AKQA Design Firm, GE, Intuit and more
  • Universities
    • Harvard, Princeton, Brown, CalArts, Parsons, BITS Pilani (India), Cal-Berkeley, Cal-Poly, Purdue, Connecticut, Penn State, Iowa State, Illinois, Illinois @Champagne-Urbana, Colorado, Bryn Mawr, New Hampshire, Carleton, Hampshire, Denver and more

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