Amanda Lipp

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Amanda Lipp

Mental Health Advocate; Filmmaker; Social Entrepreneur

Amanda Lipp works at the intersection of mental health, storytelling, and technology. She is a Documentary Filmmaker at Lipp Studios, Founder of The Giving Gallery, and Research Associate for the Center for Applied Research Solutions.

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Amanda Lipp'S SPEAKING FEE Under $25,000

Amanda currently serves on the Mental Health Advisory Panel at Google and is an appointed member of the Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Committee (ISMICC) created by Congress to advise on federal mental health policy. Amanda formerly served as the youngest board member for the largest grassroots mental health nonprofit in the U.S., the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI).

Amanda’s empathy drives her creativity. During college, she spent three months in a psychiatric hospital after having her own crisis. She began storyboarding patients’ stories and witnessed the power of vulnerability and storytelling. Amanda has since produced over 60 short films about mental health and social impact – covering complex topics such as youth psychosis to tiny home building for CA fire survivors. Since age 18, she has given over 150 speeches sharing her personal story, debuting her films, and spreading advocacy. Clients have included Columbia Psychiatry, Sutter Health, University of Wisconsin, and Princeton University.

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).

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Amanda Lipp’s Speech Topics

  • 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 filmmaking practices translate to everyday human interactions as well. It’s rather simple: people want to be heard, appreciated, 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
  • 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 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

  • 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 “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
  • Symptoms to Superpowers: Finding Strength & Creativity

    Amanda 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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