Jill S. Tietjen brings to her audiences her unique perspectives of engineer, community leader, and business professional. Her diverse clientele range from business organizations to universities to non-profit organizations.  She relates to the audience through examples and anecdotes, serious and humorous.



Sample Speaking Topics


All of Jill’s speaking appearances are customized to meet the interests of her audiences. To provide some ideas, here are some recent topics and titles.


Keynote Addresses


(generally 25-40 minutes)


Building Bridges to the Future – The American Society of Civil Engineers’ 2009 Report Card gave the Infrastructure in the U.S. an overall grade of a “D.”  Significant challenges face society, our current engineering workforce, and today’s students who will be the engineers of the future to enhance and improve the infrastructure on which we rely for our standard of living and quality of life.  Electricity was ranked as the top engineering advance of the 20th century.  The widespread availability of clean water has been determined to be half of the reason for the increase in average life expectancy in the U.S. from 45 years of age in 1900 to 77 years of age in 2000.  Yes, the challenges are many but so are the opportunities.  Engineers make the world work.  We will need many engineers to build the bridges to our future.

Electricity Supply and Demand in the 21st Century – The energy future of the U.S., including the supply of adequate low cost electricity, presents as many or more challenges in the 21st century as have been faced at any other time in the history of the industry.  The aging fleet of power plants and the aging workforce, the small number of scientists and engineers currently being produced at our colleges and universities, state requirements for renewable energy resources, the growing demand for electricity, and the difficulties in building both new generation facilities and new transmission and distribution facilities are among the challenges.  Customer expectations for service have never been higher; their knowledge of the process by which electricity is produced and delivered to their homes and businesses has never been lower.  How will we in the U.S. can find our way to adequate, reliable and economic electricity service?

Breaking the Mold:  Women Engineers and Scientists – They may be mostly invisible, but they have made major contributions to our way of life – historical and current women engineers and scientists.  Most of the public can only identify Marie Curie when asked to name a woman scientist.  Few know that her daughter Irene Joliot-Curie was also a Nobel laureate in the sciences.  Our food products, from milk to poultry to fish to eggs, are safer to eat today due to the efforts of Mary Engle Pennington in refrigeration.  The computers that are ubiquitous in our lives were helped along immensely by Admiral Grace Murray Hopper’s development of the computer compiler.  From the science of ecology to the breadbasket of southern California, women have helped make our lives better.  It is time to honor women! See Jill giving a variation of this talk by clicking here.

Spotlight on Engineering Women:  Past, Present and Future – Early engineering women contributed to the establishment of the field of industrial engineering, the construction of the Brooklyn Bridge and made numerous other contributions to the advancement of the engineering profession.  Significant numbers of women entered the profession in the 1970s and 1980s.  Today, however, women comprise less than 20{d478d17793e32582d2bf638de9d9bd9e271f0fba4171b43fd1fa74e2ebdc4a44} of the engineering profession.  Gender parity is still the objective so that society can benefit from women’s technical contributions.

The Chicken or the Egg:  Renewables and Transmission – Renewable resources are receiving more and more attention as the United States strives to reduce its dependence on energy imports, reduce its emissions of carbon dioxide, and as the states drive the nation’s energy agenda by enacting Renewable Portfolio Standards (RPS).  Some of the primary renewable energy resources share one significant issue – they tend to be located where large concentrations of people are not and thus adequate electric transmission does not exist to bring the power from where it can be generated to where it can be used. This presentation describes some of the major concerns that will need to be addressed and resolved in order for renewable energy resources to be able to contribute significantly to the production of electricity in the U.S.

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“Jill Tietjen engagingly illustrates pragmatic lessons for success with witty, incisive and poignant anecdotes from her own life and work. She builds rapport with her audiences right from the start, and leaves participants feeling as if they’d just had an intimate chat with a trusted and valuable mentor, not as if they’d been lectured at. You’ll want to hear what Jill Tiejen has to say. You’ll walk away energized and confident, with several new ideas and approaches, and a better sense of how to achieve lasting success through connection, service, and strategic planning.”

Suzanne Franks, Kansas City, Missouri  

“Every time I hear Jill Tietjen speak, I am struck by her positive energy and her ability to relate to the audience. She inspires and energizes her listeners; at the end of the talk, they end up crowded around her asking more questions.”

Ingrid Soudek Townsend, Charlottesville, Virginia  

“An accomplished speaker, Jill holds an audience’s attention by presenting interesting, educational information in a well-organized and captivating manner. I learn something new from Jill each time I hear her speak.”

Connie King, Colorado Springs, Colorado  

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