Storyteller. Global Women’s Champion. Revolutionary.
One of the first women photographers to work for National Geographic, Annie Griffiths has traveled to more than one hundred countries during her long career. When navigating any culture, Annie’s goal has been to share the vibrant tapestry of human experience. She has peered inside ancient civilizations for stories on Lawrence of Arabia, Galilee, Petra, and Jerusalem, often gaining access to worlds only a woman can enter. Despite differences in how we may live, pray, connect, love, and celebrate, Annie notes that all people want the same basic things: security, health, the dignity of work, and a brighter future for our children.
Her work, often with people and environments on the brink of survival, have reaffirmed Annie's faith in our collective ability to find and shine a light on solutions. This belief inspired Annie to create the nonprofit Ripple Effect Images, as a way to give back to the hundreds of women who have welcomed her into their lives. Ripple is a nonprofit collective of prize-winning photographers and filmmakers who document programs that empower women and children in the developing world. Their documentary work has helped to raise millions of dollars for aid organizations.
Annie has received awards from the National Press Photographers Association, the Associated Press, the National Organization of Women, and the White House News Photographers Association. Named one of the “Best of the Best” speakers by YPO/WPO, Annie is celebrated for her warmth and humor on-stage. She has shared her message of hope with a wide range of audiences, from the United Nations to the Sydney Opera House, the Skoll World Forum, TEDx and Adobe MAX. She has also worked with blue chip brands like Microsoft and Procter & Gamble to teach teams how to connect across cultural divides.
Connect with Anyone, Anywhere
Three decades of work in more than 100 countries have taught Annie how to quickly navigate any social situation to find points of connection. Whether working in a remote village or an urban jungle, Annie shares real life challenges and shows how humor, body language, sincerity and deeper listening can build a bridge to anyone.
The Ripple Effect: Help a Woman. Help the Planet
Annie takes us on a journey from her beginnings, as one of the first women photographers at National Geographic, to her recognition that women in the developing world are the best investment we can make in our shared future. Through intimate stories of real women and communities, she reveals the grace, wisdom and incredible resourcefulness of women globally.
Photos: courtesy Annie Griffiths