The Lavin Agency Speakers Bureau

A speakers bureau that represents the best original thinkers,
writers, and doers for speaking engagements.

DEI speaker Clint Smith, with trees in the background

Understanding Our History Is the Catalyst for Real Change

Black History Month and MLK Day

Clint Smith

As the #1 NYT bestselling author of How the Word Is Passed, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Nonfiction, Clint offers a compelling exploration of how the legacy of slavery continues to shape our cities, our policies, and the stories we tell—and how we can work towards a fuller, more equitable story for everyone.

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The First Latina in Space: Inspiring Us to Reach for the Stars

DEI: Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion

Ellen Ochoa

She made history as the first Latina in space—but she didn’t stop there. Instead, she became the first Latinx director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center, where she transformed its company culture to welcome diverse voices. Today, she encourages Hispanic people like herself to dream big and aim high.

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"Don't Chase Cool": Nike's Former Chief Marketing Officer


Greg Hoffman

Want to build an environment of radical risk-taking and powerful collaboration? “Never play it safe, play to win.” Based on his three decades at Nike and his hugely influential book Emotion by Design, Greg’s insight-packed keynotes have inspired thousands of leaders and creatives at industry giants like Instagram, Adobe, EA Sports, and more.

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The 1619 Project: The History and Future of Black America

Social Justice

Nikole Hannah-Jones

In The 1619 Project, now a Hulu series and #1 New York Times bestseller, Nikole proves that when we understand the history of Black America, we understand the history and the future of all America—which makes us better equipped to fight for racial justice today.

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Living Legend & Cultural Icon


Margaret Atwood

The author of The Handmaid’s Tale and one of the world’s most brilliant and iconic writers, with sparkling wit, a prophetic eye for the future, and a deep passion for social activism.

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New Speakers

The next wave of keynote speakers: tackling tomorrow’s challenges, today

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of How the Word Is Passed and Above Ground | Atlantic Staff Writer
Curiosity Expert | Author of Seek | Fellow at U.C. Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center | Lecturer at The University of Texas
WIRED Global Editorial Director
Author of Cultures of Growth | Indiana University Professor | Founder and CEO, Equity Accelerator
Author of The 272: The Families who Were Enslaved and Sold to Build the American Catholic Church | Associate Professor at New York University | Former New York Times Johannesburg Bureau Chief
Author of The State Must Provide: The Definitive History of Racial Inequality in American Higher Education | Staff Writer at The Atlantic

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County of Ventura

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From a member of the Little Rock Nine to the award-winning author of one of the country’s most challenged books, these 12 top Black History Month speakers show us how to honor the legacy and history of Black communities across America.

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