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Jess Elefante Davis

Author of Raising Hell, Living Well (Ballantine Books)

​​Keynote Speaker, Leader of Folk Rebellion

Hailed as a modern-day ‘Citizen Jane’ for leading the movement against tech worship and the cult of busy, Jess Elefante Davis is a multi-platform storyteller at the crossroads of humans, real life, and the new modern world. Jess is digital well-being thought leader, having been named a ‘Limit Breaking Founder’ by Ariana Huffington, editor in chief of her company Folk Rebellion – 2018’s Wellness Trend of the Year – and a reformed brand strategist whose work earned her the coveted ’40 Under 40′ award. Her writings have been featured in Inc., Thrive, the Guardian, and more.

As a touring international speaker, she’s addressed audiences of over 2,000 people for the likes of Vice, Forbes, Entrepreneur, Soho House, BBDO, and Grey Advertising. She’s been a guest lecturer at Columbia Business School and New York University and her story has appeared in the LA Times, The Observer, Vogue, and more. In 2021, Jess released her short film, ‘What Day Is It?’, to considerable acclaim on the festival circuit. Her book, Raising Hell Living Well, is forthcoming with Ballantine Books.

Jess lives in Brooklyn with her family.

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Keynote Lecture Topics

  • Digital Wellbeing For A Screened-In World

    Technology makes the impossible possible. Yet, being truly present is not only a rebellious act—but may represent a new modern type of freedom.

  • Having It All; At What Cost?

    How we spend our days is how we spend our lives. What does ‘having it all’ really mean? Let’s hit pause and redefine that, before we all burn out and have nothing left to give. 

  • The Power Of Pause

    From having zero chill to not having enough, Jess tackles the ins and outs of why ‘less is more’ isn’t just a trend but necessary for wellbeing, creativity, and innovation.