Brandon Farbstein is a 23 year old renowned speaker, Gen Z activist and author.
Born with an extremely rare form of dwarfism (metatropic dysplasia), Brandon has turned his life experience of suffering, isolation, and victimhood into empowerment, impact and influence. After a severe battle with cyberbullying in high school, he decided to share his story – to both offer hope and to enact change. Brandon was the driving force behind two new pieces of legislation that were signed into law in Virginia, one on bullying prevention and the other requiring empathy and emotional intelligence to be taught in all K-12 classrooms across the state.
Whether sharing his message with thousands of students at a time, empowering readers with his books Ten Feet Tall & A Kids Book About Self-Love, or working with Fortune 100 companies like Meta, HP, and Marriott, Brandon consistently delivers tools to audiences of all ages to shatter limiting beliefs, elevate their mindset, and create an amplified life.
He frequently advises foundations, boards, and large scale organizations on their DEI efforts, especially towards the disability community – the largest minority group in the world comprising 15% of the global population. Brandon currently serves on multiple boards in addition to being a Founding Member of Daniel Lubetzky’s Starts With Us project.
Brandon continues to break barriers and pave the way for people who often feel invisible. In 2020, Brandon made his runway debut at NY Fashion Week wearing Tommy Hilfiger Adaptive and has become a sought-after voice for inclusion. With his mission to Elevate Empathy®, Brandon was named Instagram’s #19under19 as one of the most influential young people in the world. Most recently, LinkedIn recognized Brandon as a Top Voice in Disability Advocacy.
Ten Feet Tall
Step Into Your Truth and Change Your Freaking World
A Kids Book About Self-Love
Self-love isn’t talked about very much, but this book seeks to open up a conversation about how important it is to love yourself.
Speaking & Partnerships
A compelling keynote speaker, Brandon’s passion for helping others widen the lens through which they see their world amplifies his impactful work with schools, universities, Fortune 500 companies, and nonprofit organizations.
- Facebook (“Soundbites” Campaign)
- HP (“Disconnect to Reconnect” Campaign)
- UnitedHealthcare (#DoGoodLiveWell Campaign)
- LG (#GiveHappiness Campaign)
- UNICEF (#EndViolence Campaign)
- IWC Schaffhausen (#CreatorsTime Campaign)
dr. lucy lapekas
Executive Director, national tutoring association
Stacey D. Stewart
President & CEO, March of Dimes
vice-chairman, miami dolphins
Guest Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank
co-founder, RSE Ventures
Executive Director, #ICANHELP
The honorable Ralph Northam
73rd Governor of Virginia
“Brandon’s talk today captured the hearts and minds of not only our students but the faculty as well. His message gave each of us a rare moment to reflect and connect- with him and with each other. By the end of the assembly, students were cheering for not only Brandon, but for one another. He awoke the humanity in all of us.”