Speaker: Amanda Lipp (2019)

In April 2019, we invited Amanda Lipp to campus.

Amanda Lipp is a social entrepreneur working at the intersection of mental health, filmmaking, and tech-philanthropy. She talks about her struggles with mental illness and hospitalization during college to recovery and becoming a leader in mental health. She emphasizes the role of art in her recovery and finding her voice as a member of the LGBTQ+ community.

At the event, Amanda showcased her avenues for advocacy: from building a startup to fundraise for mental health to documentary filmmaking around the world about youth schizophrenia and psychosis. Following Amanda’s speech and a Q&A session, L2S hosted an artistic, letter-writing workshop to explore the importance of artistic expression and our layers of identity in recovery and resilience.

Amanda Lipp is Founder and CEO of The Giving Gallery, and Director & Filmmaker of Lipp Studios. Amanda is the youngest board director of the largest grassroots mental health nonprofit in the U.S., the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), and serves on the advisory board of Technology Adolescent Mental Wellness, a research initiative at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She has given over 150 speeches locally and globally, and has made over 20 short films about youth psychosis and schizophrenia. For more information on Amanda’s work, visit her website, YouTube channel, or Facebook page.