Brandon Farbstein is a 23 year old renowned speaker, Gen Z activist and author.
He inspires millions of people across the globe with his universal message of living life on your own terms and building the framework for self-acceptance.
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
Being 3’9″ in a world that towers over you is anything but easy. 18 year old Brandon Farbstein has conquered his life’s uncertainty and has already impacted millions around the globe to do the same as a professional and TEDx speaker. In his first book Ten Feet Tall, Brandon shares how he was able to step in to his truth and leave his mark on the world and how you can, too. You shouldn’t just be existing…you should be living on your own terms – with a mentality elevating you to feel Ten Feet Tall. This empowering book will help you shift your mindset to use your adversities as catalysts to propel you forward.
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.
What do you see when you look in the mirror? Often we notice the things that make us feel different or we don’t like…but self-love can help us see what makes us uniquely awesome! This book teaches kids how to choose their thoughts, manage their perspectives, and feel comfortable and happy with themselves, even when hard things happen.
Speaking & Partnerships
Many people are stuck in their perceived limitations and not living to their full potential. Through sharing his journey of navigating a world not designed for someone like him, Brandon empowers his audiences to shift their perspective and embrace a limitless mindset. Audience members in Brandon’s live and virtual events walk away feeling “Ten Feet Tall”, with tools to navigate life’s challenges as they learn to transform obstacles into opportunities.
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.
Brandon is a sought after voice in diversity & inclusion and social impact campaigns, based on his global reach along with numerous certifications, trainings, and cohorts in mental health and disability inclusion. He has partnered with companies and organizations on social good, CSR, and DE&I campaigns including:
- Facebook (“Soundbites” Campaign)
- HP (“Disconnect to Reconnect” Campaign)
- UnitedHealthcare (#DoGoodLiveWell Campaign)
- LG (#GiveHappiness Campaign)
- UNICEF (#EndViolence Campaign)
- IWC Schaffhausen (#CreatorsTime Campaign)
“As the Executive Director of the NTA, I have had the honor to interact with keynote speakers for over 28 years and I can honestly say that I have never witnessed an outpouring of positivity and love as I saw both during and after Brandon’s keynote. Even now, I am still receiving comments about how much he touched the hearts and minds of our members. Brandon is a rare gift to the world and the NTA is so blessed that we were able to spend just a brief moment in time with this bright shining light.”
dr. lucy lapekas
Executive Director, national tutoring association
“Brandon was the keynote speaker at our annual staff conference kick-off. Brandon’s powerful talk about his life’s experiences gave our staff a positive message on empowerment, leadership and growth. He was a true inspiration!”
Stacey D. Stewart
President & CEO, March of Dimes
“Thank you Brandon for bringing kindness and understanding to the universe.”
vice-chairman, miami dolphins
Guest Shark on ABC’s Shark Tank
co-founder, RSE Ventures
“I had Brandon speak at #Digital4Good Day Summit at Facebook HQ and he was fantastic! He has a heart of gold and connects to his audience no matter the age, shape, size, beliefs…empathy is real and Brandon makes you feel it. People walk away feeling inspired and empowered to elevate empathy!”
Executive Director, #ICANHELP
“Brandon’s commitment to empowering people is truly admirable. I am confident his advocacy has not only benefited the individuals he has represented, but also made our community a better place.”
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.”
High School Guidance Counselor, Winsted, CT
“Brandon Farbstein is a dynamic, engaging speaker who is wise far beyond his years. The message he shared with our students at The Gilbert School was inspiring, uplifting and courageous. From the moment you meet Brandon, you feel his passion, his kindness, and his generosity. Brandon changed lives the day he walked into our school- we will never forget how Brandon made EVERYONE feel ‘Ten Feet Tall’.”
Principal, The Gilbert School
“Brandon was an excellent speaker who exceeded our expectations. Right from the beginning Brandon was prepared and connected with the students on a personal level that ensured they hung on his every word. His message of the power of one, bullying, and overcoming challenges was truly inspirational. The teachers are quoting him in class, and he truly touched our student’s hearts to help our community become even better!”