HarperCollins Speakers Bureau

Jill Tietjen

Authority on Trailblazing American Women, Author & Technical Expert


  • The Power of the Women on Whose Shoulders We Stand
  • Discovering Scientific, Technical, Engineering and Mathematical Women
  • Failure is Impossible: The Legacy of Susan B. Anthony and the Suffragists
  • Women Work for Sustainable Change
  • Women Who Network Change the World
  • You Can Do It! The Keys are Passion, Determination and Persistence



Jill Tietjen is one of the top historians in the country on scientific and technical women. An authority on trailblazing American Women, Tietjen is the co-author of Her Story: A Timeline of the Women Who Changed America (William Morrow Paperbacks), a 2012 Daughters of the American Revolution History Award Medal winner.

Her Story is a one-of-a-kind illustrated timeline highlighting the awesome, varied, and often unrecognized contributions of American women throughout U.S. history, beginning in the 1500s and spanning all the way through 2011. The women featured in Her Story range from writers, artists, actors, and athletes to doctors, scientists, social and political activists, educators, and inventors, and come from all backgrounds and philosophies. Her Story is a captivating look at America's often unsung female champions that will resonate with women and men alike.

Tietjen has written articles for and has been profiled in SWE: Magazine of the Society of Women Engineers, Graduating Engineer, U.S. Woman Engineer, Woman Engineer, and Engineering Horizons.  She is the author of the Setting the Record Straight series, a contributing author to She Does Math!, and wrote the introduction to the engineering textbook Keys to Engineering Success. Tietjen also blogs for The Huffington Post.

A frequent keynote speaker at engineering, science, and women’s conferences, Tietjen speaks on women’s contributions, women in engineering, historical women in engineering and science, and leadership topics. Her positive energy and her ability to relate to the audience result in inspired and energized listeners.

From 1991-1992, Tietjen served as the National President of the Society of Women Engineers (SWE). In addition, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Georgia Transmission Corporation of Tucker, Georgia and Vice Chair of the Board of Directors for Merrick & Company of Greenwood Village, Colorado.  She is a Fellow Life Member of SWE and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Power & Energy Society.  Tietjen is listed in Who’s Who in Engineering, Who’s Who in Science and Engineering, and Who’s Who in Technology.

Tietjen is the CEO of Technically Speaking, a national consulting company specializing in improving technological career opportunities for women and girls. She has been inducted into the Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame.

Praise for Jill Tietjen:

“Based on the number of smiles and head nods in the audience, I would say that Jill connected with our attendees in ways that pleased them.  Her adroit way of responding to their questions was also remarkable.  Working with her prior to and during the lectures was a real pleasure.”
--Marshall Goldberg, Chair, Trudy Sundberg Lecture Series Planning Committee

“You are truly an inspirational speaker and I wanted to thank you again for not only presenting to the group, but for representing and promoting the best in women to all of us.”

“Thank you for your inspiring keynote. Thanks especially for the lovely book Her Story.  It is truly a treasure and I’m already enjoying it.  Thanks for all you give to women and our world.”
--Colorado Women of Influence Gala

“You and your presentation are such a gift! I appreciate the time you took with our chapter to not only present an informative & engaging program but also the care & attention with which you answered the many questions that were posed to you. I hope you heard the dozens of excited compliments from our members!”

“It was a very inspiring presentation.”
--General Counsel, Lockheed Martin Corporation

“I count as one of my greatest accomplishments your visit [to campus]. We could not have chosen a better start than you [to our lecture series]!”
--Director, Women’s Resource Center, Kansas State University

“I find it very inspiring, motivating and empowering with your message of pursuing your dreams with persistence and passion!”
--Book Club Attendee

“From the beginning of her presentation, she had us all captivated with the stories and surprising facts about some of the women in the book.”
--Cherry Creek Business Women’s Network

“What an enticing presentation.”
--Arno Art Club

“We all enjoyed your comfortable presentation style and passion you bring to the subject matter.”
--The Central Exchange

“Your presentation for Moms & Grandmoms Weekend at DU was brilliant. So many moms told me how much they learned and what an important part of our program it was. One said that every mom, grandmom and student participating in the weekend activities should have been there.  Thank you, for your gift of knowledge and time.  Your lecture was an important part of a memorable weekend experience.”
--University of Denver, Director of Parent Relations

“Thank you so much for your presentation to our membership this evening. You were fantastic!  Thank you for the special prep you did to bring us the latest statistics, and custom presentation.”
--AAUW, Lakewood, Colorado

“Your presentation was wonderful and engaging….. I don’t know how you do it, but you always manage to completely hold an audience. It’s quite a talent.”  “You are a wonderful speaker . . . incredibly engaging.”
--Women’s Collaborative of Colorado/Colorado Women’s Hall of Fame

Praise for Her Story:

“An excellent documentation of the contributions of 2000 American women from 1580 to 2008, many of whom have not been previously celebrated or recognized….Among the many things that make Her Story distinctive is the inclusion of hundreds of lesser-known women, including their photographs, from all walks of life that have broken barriers and created paths of noteworthy and inspiring achievement.”

“. . . what the book can do best, which is inspire. . .It would make a great gift for a young woman just graduating from high school or, better yet, middle school.”
--Feminist Review

“. . . this unabashedly celebratory book is . . .enjoyable to flip through and would make a fine gift . . .”
--Barnes & Noble

“. . .this book is a perfect addition to any library: public, school, college or personal.”

“Her Story should be in the hands of every woman to serve as a reminder that we can make a difference in the world whether as mothers, creators, inventors or trailblazers in our everyday life.”
--Laura’s List: Books for Women

“. . . have compiled an extraordinary collection of women and events that have helped to shape the culture and history of America.  Both familiar and unfamiliar stories make Her Story a captivating tribute to champions that resonate with women and men alike.”
--Successful Living

“This is a must-read.”
--Good Reads by Falise Platt

“The venerable Madeleine Albright provides a brief introduction to this interesting and illuminating book.”
--Reference & Research Book News

“This Year’s Must Read.”
--National Women’s Hall of Fame