The Lavin Agency Speakers Bureau

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

Our Executive VP Tom Gagnon Celebrates 25 Years at Lavin!


Tom Gagnon

Tom first started working at Lavin in 1998, and has been at the agency longer than anyone except founder David Lavin. His deep understanding of the college and university speaking scene has made him an indispensable partner on thousands of successful events. Congratulations, Tom!

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Pride Month: The "Painter's Palette" of Intersectionality


Raquel Willis

This formidable Black trans activist co-founded the Trans Week of Visibility and Action and has become a crucial voice in the conversation around race, gender, and intersectionality. She shows how we can use our diverse interests and strengths to fight for true solidarity and equity.

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Stay True Wins 2023 Pulitzer Prize

AAPI Heritage Month

Hua Hsu

Hua’s award-winning memoir, which follows his university friendship with another Asian-American student, won the 2023 Pulitzer Prize in Memoir and was named one of The New York Times‘s 10 best books of the year. Hua shows how we can not only accept but embrace our messy, complex identities, friendships, and communities.

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Out Now! The 1619 Project Hulu Docuseries

Social Justice

Nikole Hannah-Jones

In this highly anticipated 1619 Project Hulu series, based on her #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 speakers: tackling tomorrow’s challenges, today

Outdated ideas of gender are holding us all back. When we abandon them and fight for Black transgender liberation, we all flourish.

A great leader needs to find their unifying story—one that explains who they are to three key stakeholders: themselves, their team, and their future allies.

7 lessons can help you implement Artificial Intelligence in your company, combining the art of the possible and the art of the practical in AI.

The future of business is AI First. By building Artificial Intelligence into the heart of your business, you can innovate faster than ever before.

Being the parent of an adult child is more complicated than ever. But you can learn and adapt—and grow with your child.

Follow your dreams—but with the same discipline as running a business.

Featured Books

Books by exclusive Lavin speakers that have us talking right now

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The latest news and headlines from our world-changing speakers

Co-founder of the Trans Week of Visibility and Action and former executive editor of Out magazine, Raquel shows how we can use our diverse talents and experiences to build solidarity in our fight for social justice.

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“Our clients are the people who used to stay up all night talking about politics, economics, music, art, culture—the engaged and the engaging. Now they work, go to conferences, meetings, parent conferences. But they miss thinking—miss the fun of thinking—and our job is to give it back to them.”

— David Lavin