• Mohammed's story.

      In September 2017, TILE helped 18-year-old Mohammed Al-Adlani escape the war zone in Sana'a, Yemen. Read his story here.

    • We make in-person conversations with leaders, innovators, and entrepreneurs accessible to everyone.

      340 student-run conversation series in 47 countries. Start one in your location.



      TILE is the world's largest conversation series, meaning that speakers talk with the audience, not to the audience. Every event is one-hour long and features a different guest discussing their stories, insights, and advice.

      STEP 1


      Once you fill out our brief form, we'll make sure that your location doesn't already have a TILE chapter.

      STEP 2


      The TILE Platform™ has everything you need to start and run a conversation series: case studies, the TILE manual, templates, guidelines, directories, and other resources that will help you every step of the way. If you ever have questions, our support team will be there to help out within 24 hours.

      STEP 3

      You PUT TOGETHER a successful season of TALKS.

      You and your friends gain valuable leadership skills and an unparalleled experience while building your resume and helping your community. After one season, you can choose to put on another season of talks or pass your TILE chapter along to a new group of students.

    • Join the movement. Start a chapter.

      Help bring TILE to your community. ​Fill out the form below and we'll be in touch. Before you start, we highly recommend checking out our mission, the TILE manual, and the first TILE talk.

    • What is TILE?

      TILE is the world's largest conversation series. Started by high school students in Portland, Oregon, TILE is a worldwide network of independent student-run chapters hosting free, accessible conversations with fascinating people. We hope to inspire the use of innovation, leadership, and entrepreneurship as a force for good, and TILE chapters are encouraged to host conversations with individuals who reflect the pinnacle of ethical and thoughtful behavior. Consider a donation to TILE.

      What are TILE talks?

      TILE talks are the free events that chapters organize and operate. Each season has a few events taking place one weekday evening a month. Each event features a 30-40 minute on-stage interview with a local innovator, leader, or entrepreneur, followed by 20-30 minutes of questions from the audience. Watch a sample TILE talk here.

      How many people does it take?

      Each chapter typically has a core team of three people: the Content Coordinator, responsible for the speakers; the Logistics Coordinator, responsible for the event space and day-of-event volunteers; and the Marketing Coordinator, responsible for developing and implementing a marketing plan. Every core team role is equally important and requires commitment. Starting and operating TILE talks requires no monetary investment and can be done by anyone in the world. In fact, chapter leaders can earn a stipend by securing local sponsors for their TILE chapter.

    • We need your help.

      Hundreds of professionals, event spaces, and small businesses help make TILE possible. Join them in making a difference.


      Register to speak at an event

      Register to donate your venue

      Sponsor a local TILE chapter

      Donate to TILE

    • TILE x Crimson Education

      Say hello to our newest sponsor!

      About Crimson

      Crimson is the most awarded admissions consultancy in the world and has helped students carve a path into the best US universities, in the face of intense competition. Crimson’s Strategy Consultants develop bespoke programs for each of their students, which maximize their strengths and builds them the strongest profile possible.

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