The legendary South By Southwest conference—an essential collection of film fests, conferences, sessions, and networking opportunities that spotlight creativity globally—is back for 2022, and Lavin’s speakers are showing up in a big way. Here’s a who’s who of the groundbreaking Lavin talent you’ll find on the SXSW stage:
Jessica Nordell’s brilliant career as a science and culture journalist led her to tackle one of the biggest issues that divides us today: bias and all the ways that it keeps us from living in a fair, just society. Her work in The End of Bias was shortlisted for the Lukas Prize for Excellence in Nonfiction and the Royal Society Science Book Prize, and it was named a Best Book of the Year by the World Economic Forum, Greater Good, AARP, and Inc.
Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman is the head editor of The Black Agenda, the first book of its kind: it brings together three dozen Black experts in disciplines from economics and climate change to education, fighting for bold solutions to our big problems. Dr. Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be Antiracist, lauded that Anna’s book “will challenge what you think is possible.”
Wajahat Ali is the warm, funny, bitingly incisive New York Times writer, TED Talk hero, and author of Go Back to Where You Came From—his heartful, honest, uproarious memoir that bestselling author Timothy Snyder said “belongs on your bookshelf next to Mark Twain and James Baldwin.”
Deepa Purushothaman was the first Indian-American woman to make partner at Deloitte and she knows what it means to be the rare woman of color in a team or company. Now she’s teaching us what she learned from her journey in The First, the Few, the Only, an urgent, warm guidebook for women of color who want to rediscover their unique power in the workplace.
Alexandra Samuel wrote the book about hybrid work—some days at the office, some days remote—giving us a prophetic road map to the future of professional life. Arianna Huffington called Alex’s brilliant and practical strategies in Remote Inc. a “timely guide to how we can recharge, reset, and bring our full attention to work”, no matter where we are.