Claire Diaz-Ortiz


“One of the 100 Most Creative People in Business” by Fast Company. Corporate Social Innovation Director, Twitter (2009-2014). Linkedin Influencer.

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Claire Diaz-Ortiz is a venture capital investor and bestselling author who was an early employee at Twitter. Wired magazine called her “The Woman Who Got the Pope on Twitter” and Claire was once named one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business by Fast Company.

As a VC and angel, Claire has made 50+ investments in early stage startups, mostly in Latin America and the US. Most recently Claire was a partner at Magma Partners, where she started Brava, the first initiative of its kind to invest in women founders across Latin America. She angel invests in all geographies, sometimes through The Angel Collective.

Claire Diaz-Ortiz is the award-winning author of nine books that have been translated into 11 languages, including “Social Media Success for Every Brand”, “One Minute Mentoring: How to Find and Work with a Mentor – and How You’ll Benefit from Being One” (with her mentor legendary management guru Ken Blanchard), “Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time”, “Design Your Day: Be More Productive”, “Set Better Goals”, and “Live Life on Purpose, and Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption”.


Her next book, co-authored with investor, friend, and fellow Frida-Kahlo-art-aficionada Sophia Bendz, will focus on female founders and funders.


In Claire’s work, she has been called everything from “The Woman Who Got the Pope on Twitter” (Wired) & “Twitter’s Pontiff Recruitment Chief” (The Washington Post) to a “Force for Good” (Forbes) & one of the “Ten Most Generous in Social Media” (Fast Company). In a quote not soon to be forgotten (LOL), TechCrunch recently called Claire “a globe-trotting, multi-hyphenate polymath“. Claire was one of the first users of Twitter in Kenya (a claim verified by no one), and is also known for the dubious honor of being the first person to live-tweet her own child’s birth, which was admittedly a bad idea.


Claire has been invited to speak around the world at organizations like The US State Department, The Rockefeller Foundation, South by Southwest, Toyota, and others.


She is a LinkedIn Influencer, one of several hundred global leaders chosen to provide original content on the LinkedIn platform, and was been trained as a Stakeholder-Centered Certified Executive Coach as a member of the Marshall Goldsmith 100 Coaches Project.

Claire has appeared widely in major television and print news sources like CNN, BBC, Time, Newsweek, The New York Times, Good Morning America, The Today Show, The Washington Post, Fortune, Forbes, Fast Company, and many others.

As one of the digital world’s earliest social justice activists, Claire used Twitter to build awareness for AIDS orphans in sub-Saharan Africa, leading to the founding of Hope Runs, a small nonprofit organization in Kenya that operated from 2006-2019.

Claire holds an MBA from Oxford University, where she was a Skoll Foundation Scholar for Social Entrepreneurship, and has a BA in History and an MA in Anthropology from Stanford University.

The Social Brand.

This is the definitive talk on how to amplify your brand’s message using social media. Known as “The Woman Who Got the Pope on Twitter” (Wired), Claire dives deep to explain why every organization needs a story and how to effectively convey that StoryBranded story on social media with her proprietary model.

This talk goes beyond the tactical, as it powerfully touches on inspirational autobiographical content related to her own unique Silicon Valley origins in an African orphanage. Organizations and their leaders will walk away with an understanding of why social media works and how to use it to amplify their brand.

The Power of Digital Innovation.

This talk draws on the research from several of Claire’s books (One Minute Mentoring, Twitter for Good, Design Your Day) to explore the meaning, importance, and impact of digital innovation in business today, highlighting key organizational practices and strategies that some of the most extraordinary business leaders are using.

Named by Fast Company as one of the 100 Most Creative People in Business, Claire explores the link between dreaming an innovative reality and creating it. This speech can be tailored to best fit one of three key settings: general corporate, technology (including social media specific), or pro-social.

Technology for Good.

As a venture capitalist, Claire is passionate about the clear economic case for investing in women. Using research from her upcoming book on women founders and funders, this talk looks at the importance of rethinking how we think about diversity and inclusion in venture capital, startups, and Silicon Valley, and what we can finally do to fix what is so broken.

The New Digital Leader.

Known as “A Force for Good” (Forbes), and “One of the Most Generous People in Social Media” (Fast Company), Claire is passionate about the power of technology for positive change. This talk brings both her unusual personal history and her time working in AIDS orphanages together with her professional expertise building Twitter’s nonprofit program to share how technology has the deep power to change our world for the better.

Design Your Day: Be More Productive, Set Better Goals, and Live Life On Purpose.

"There are a lot of books about goal setting. This one is special." — Scott Warner, CEO, Gigg

When it comes to productivity, hard work is half the battle. The first half—the crucial half—is planning well. The DO LESS method is a simple way to achieve your goals more often, in less time, and with greater peace of mind.

Learn how to:

> Decide the right goals for you.
> Create workable strategies for reaching them.
> Harness time for maximum efficiency.

From the big-picture down to the details, Claire Diaz-Ortiz walks you through every step of setting and achieving smart goals. She helps you brainstorm goals, choose the best ones, and adjust them to make them realistic. Then she helps you strategize how to reach them, day-by-day, year-by-year.

Whether you want to finish a house project, lose weight, or write a book, Design Your Day—by someone who read 150 books while caring for an infant—is an all-in-one guide to smart productivity. Use Claire’s tricks and tools and you’ll be amazed at what you can do in a day, let alone a lifetime.

Design Your Day: Be More Productive, Set Better Goals, and Live Life On Purpose.

Social Media Success for Every Brand: The Five StoryBrand Pillars That Turn Posts Into Profits.

Apply the seven universal elements of powerful stories to dramatically improve how you connect with customers and grow your business through social media channels.

Social Media Success for Every Brand: The Five StoryBrand Pillars That Turn Posts Into Profits.

Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time.

Silver Medal Winner, Social Networking, 2012 Axiom Business Book Awards
Silver Medal Winner, Business and Leadership, 2012 Nautilus Book Awards

The official word from Twitter on how to harness the power of the platform for any cause.

As recent events in Japan, the Middle East, and Haiti have shown, Twitter offers a unique platform to connect individuals and influence change in ways that were unthinkable only a short time ago. In Twitter for Good, Claire Diaz Ortiz, Twitter's head of corporate social innovation and philanthropy, shares the same strategies she offers to organizations launching cause-based campaigns. Filled with dynamic examples from initiatives around the world, this groundbreaking book offers practical guidelines for harnessing individual activism via Twitter as a force for social change.

> Reveals why every organization needs a dedicated Twitter strategy and explains how to set one
> Introduces the five-step model taught at trainings around the world: T.W.E.E.T. (Target, Write, Engage, Explore, Track)
> Author @claired is the head of corporate social innovation and philanthropy at Twitter, collaborating with organizations like Nike, Pepsi, MTV, the American Red Cross, charity:water, Room to Read, the Gates Foundation, the Skoll Foundation, the Case Foundation, National Wildlife Federation, Kiva, the United Nations, Free the Children, Committee to Protect Journalists, Partners in Health, FEMA, Ushahidi, The Acumen Fund.

With more than 200 million users worldwide, Twitter has established itself as a dynamic force, one that every business and nonprofit must understand how to use effectively.

Twitter for Good: Change the World One Tweet at a Time.

One Minute Mentoring: How to find and work with a mentor - and why you’ll benefit from being one.

The bestselling co-author of the legendary The One Minute Manager® and a former Twitter executive join forces to create the ultimate guide to creating powerful mentoring relationships.

The past decade has seen the dramatic rise of a word now well known in corporate hallways: mentoring. But a new awareness about mentoring hasn’t necessarily meant an increased understanding of how to implement the practice.

While most people agree that having a mentor is a good thing, they don’t know how to find one or use one. And despite widespread approval for the idea of being a mentor, most people don’t think they have the time or skills to do so.

Positive mentoring relationships can change the way we lead and help us succeed. In One Minute Mentoring, legendary management guru Ken Blanchard and Claire Diaz-Ortiz, a former Twitter executive and early employee, combine their knowledge to provide a systematic approach to intergenerational mentoring, giving readers great insight into the power and influence of mentoring and encouraging them to pursue their own mentoring relationships.

Using his classic parable format, Blanchard explains why developing effective communication and relationships across generations can be a tremendous opportunity for companies and individuals alike. One Minute Mentoring is the go-to source for learning why mentoring is the secret ingredient to professional and personal success.

One Minute Mentoring: How to find and work with a mentor - and why you’ll benefit from being one.

Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption.

Sammy Ikua Gachagua had lost his father to illness, his mother to abandonment, and his home to poverty. By age ten, he was living in a shack with seven other children and very little food. He entered an orphanage seeing it as a miracle with three meals a day, a bed to sleep in, and clothes on his back.

When Claire Diaz-Ortiz arrived in Kenya at the end of an around-the-world journey, she decided to stay the night, climb Mt. Kenya, then head back home. She entered an orphanage seeing it as little more than a free place to spend the night before her mountain trek.
God had other plans.

Hope Runs is the emotional story of an American tourist, a Kenyan orphan, and the day that would change the course of both of their lives forever. It'sabout what it means to live in the now when the world is falling down around you. It's about what it means to hope for the things you cannot see. Most of all, it's about how God can change your life in the blink of an eye.

Hope Runs: An American Tourist, a Kenyan Boy, a Journey of Redemption.