• The nitty-gritty.

    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.


    CARBON is an impact investment company that was created for the betterment of humanity and our natural world. We believe in helping people help themselves, but doing so through proven solutions that are already successful and co-opting rather than competing.


    Their goal is to narrow the gap caused by the exponentially growing number of negative impacts due to climate change, disease pandemics, education inequalities, and wealth disparity, so that we can create a new foundation of livelihood.

    The entropy mankind has unleashed over the past 100 years, produces the largest economic opportunity in history and gives us an amazing opportunity to rewrite how business is done...
    allowing humanity to reach its full potential - the ultimate phenomenon of our time.


    TILE is happy to be partnering with CARBON and coordinating sustainable entrepreneurship programs/events with them. For more on CARBON click here


  • 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.

  • The people behind TILE.

    Founder and President

    Founding board member

    Chief Executive Officer

    David Spiro

    CMO, AllMed

    Founding board member

    Henry Hooper

    Teacher, Lincoln High School

    Founding board member

    Brett Schilke

    Director of Impact, Singularity University

    Advisory board member

    Chris DeWolfe

    Co-founder, MySpace + Jam City

    Advisory board member

    Craig Masback

    Former CEO, US Track & Field

    Advisory board member

    Jamie Berry

    Foundation and Corporate Relations, Young Life

    Advisory board member

    Jodi Walder-Biesanz

    Independent College Counselor

    Advisory board member

    Joshua Rozario

    Founder, Mindshare Digital

    Advisory board member

    Lara Stein

    Founder, TEDx

    Advisory board member

    Lauren Rinkey

    Adjunct Professor, USC

    Advisory board member

    Peyton Chapman

    Principal, Lincoln High School

    Advisory board member