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Eight Speakers for Your World Mental Health Day Event: From Finding Purpose, to Leveraging Your Anxiety

October 10 is World Mental Health Day—and if you’re looking for last-minute speaker ideas for your event, we can help. Our speakers offer so many perspectives to explore: from succeeding at work, to finding purpose, to navigating (or maybe even leveraging) your anxiety.

AI Won’t Take Away Health Care Jobs—It’ll Secure Them (1:47)

Want to Raise Happy, Healthy, Entrepreneurial Kids? Don’t Teach Them the World Is a Bad Place

Public Health Means Standing Up For Others (17:42)

‘It’s Life or Death’: The Mental Health Crisis Among U.S. Teens

How the Covid Pandemic Affected Teens’ Mental Health

Writing Medicine workshop helps healthcare workers reflect on pandemic

From Healthcare Workers To The Rest Of Us — How Can We Better Cope?

The Pandemic Did Not Affect Mental Health the Way You Think

Finally Everyone Agrees: Health Care Is a Human Right

Canadian Forces: Holding the line on mental health

Hip-Hop Turned This Chef On To Healthy Food

Paleo, vegan, gluten-free—the only certainty about health trends is their reversal

Teenagers more likely to eat healthily if they think it is rebellious

Why breathing through your mouth is bad for your health

Author James Nestor on how breathing properly can improve overall health

Why a Healthy Person’s Perception of Time Is Inaccurate

The best health books experts read in 2022

Perfectionists: Lowering your standards can improve your mental health

Michael Landsberg Takes A Personal Approach To Mental Health With #SickNotWeak

Michael Landsberg goes on the record about mental health, power of social media

Want a healthier corporate culture? Avoid email and embrace scoreboards

TED: The Mental Health Benefits of Storytelling for Health Care Workers (9:44)

Jonathan Metzl on Political Issues That Could Impact Your Health (2:38)

Mental health “1 piece of the puzzle”: Psychiatrist on Buffalo shooting

Cultivating Healthy, Harmonious Passions (4:51)

Designing Invisible Worlds—Good Germs and Healthy Buildings

Yes — Mental Health Is Physical Health

Against Health

How Health Became the New Morality

Yes, Mental Health Is Physical Health

The Pandemic Did Not Affect Mental Health the Way You Think | The Atlantic


Working Through Our Anxieties Is the First Step Towards a Healthy Planet

How Performance Coaching Can Help Your Mental Health

The mental health benefits of storytelling for health care workers

You Can’t Have Good Health Without Good Breathing Habits

The Surprising Health Problems Linked to Your Breathing

Why Does Healthcare Cost More in the U.S.?

How the Pandemic Redefined Conversations About Public Health

Profit Over Patients: Breaking Down the American Healthcare System

How Climate Change Affects Your Mental Health (7:32)

Yes — Mental Health Is Physical Health

Cultivating Healthy, Harmonious Passions

Keeping Hope and Health Alive in Indigenous Communities

Kyle Presentation | Deaf Health Initiave | ROUGH

Public Health 2.0 and the Open-Source Outbreak

Dr. Richard Heinzl on Health + Technology: “Back in Those Days, We Dreamed Up What the Internet Could Be.”

Designing Invisible Worlds—Good Germs and Healthy Buildings

How Performance Coaching Can Help Your Mental Health

How Technology Erases International Barriers in Healthcare

Poor Health: The Assumptions, the Facts, and the Opportunities

As Human Beings, We All Have Mental Health Issues

Today is #BellLetsTalk: End the Stigma Around Mental Health and Start Talking

The stigma surrounding mental illness is one of the biggest barriers to mental health care. The #BellLetsTalk initiative encourages people to get talking and save lives—and keynote speakers Michael Landsberg, Vijay Gupta, and Waneek Horn-Miller, are experts at starting the conversation.   Michael Landsberg—an ambassador for #BellLetsTalk—uses his story to start the conversation. Landsberg was the […]

Early Reviews for Ashton Applewhite’s This Chair Rocks: “An Essential Tool for Healthy and Happy Aging.”

Ageism is the last acceptable “ism” says Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks—the powerful anti-ageism manifesto that Publishers Weekly called “a valuable resource, an agent for social change, and an enjoyable read.”    Booklist calls it “a fierce and funny yet practical and thoughtful manifesto on how such negativity can be combated on individual […]

New Videos: Michael Landsberg Opens Up about Depression & Mental Health

Last December, Michael Landsberg ended his 18-year run as the host of TSN’s Off the Record. Now, he’s free to pursue a cause that’s near and dear to him: mental health awareness. Far from the image we’re used to seeing on TV, Landsberg suffers from depression, and has for most of his adult life. Today, […]

For U.S. Poor, Geography Determines Longevity: Raj Chetty’s Health Inequality Study

Geography and life expectancy are linked—at least for America’s poorest people. A major new study released by The Health Inequality Project—led by Lavin speaker Raj Chetty, who acted as Corresponding Author and Principal Investigator—shows that where poor people live has a profound impact on how long they live. And while clearly distressing, the study also […]

BrainCheck: David Eagleman’s New App Tests Cognitive Health in Under 5 Minutes

How well is your brain working? Just ask David Eagleman. A new iPad app developed by the visionary neuroscientist and TED speaker can assess your brain function in less than five minutes, and has the potential to revolutionize the way we measure brain health in athletes, at work, in our aging population, and much more. […]

Sick, Not Weak: Michael Landsberg’s Mental Health Cover Story In Vista

When Michael Landsberg first took to the keynote circuit as a mental health speaker, people were surprised to learn that the charismatic host of TSN's Off The Record has been battling depression. While he admits that it can be difficult to admit you are struggling with an illness—and even more difficult to be comfortable talking […]

Design-Inspired Health Care: John Maeda at TEDMED 2013 [VIDEO]

“Becoming a leader isn't about going up the mountain—it's about jumping off the mountain and asking the question, will you survive?” says John Maeda in his keynote at this year's TEDMED conference. Actually, as he later clarifies, leadership is not only asking if you'll survive jumping off the mountain—but whether you'll thrive doing so. This […]

Can We Design Buildings To Make Us Healthier? Jessica Green At TED [VIDEO]

“Everything is covered in invisible ecosystems made of tiny lifeforms: bacteria, viruses, and fungi,” science speaker Jessica Green reveals in an exciting new TED Talk. “Our desks, our computers, our pencils, our buildings—all harbor resident microbial landscapes.” If we know that these worlds exist—even though they are invisible—why shouldn't we develop all of our products […]

Bell ‘Let’s Talk’ Day 2013: Lavin’s Mental Health Speakers Speak Out

There's often a negative stigma attached to discussing mental illness. Open conversation is key to reversing that stigma and changing the conversation about mental health. This year's Bell 'Let's Talk' Day encourages businesses and community members to educate themselves on the facts about mental illness and to spread the word to others. Participants are asked […]

Mental Health Awareness Week: Speaker Michael Landsberg Found His Calling

Most people know Michael Landsberg as the charismatic face of TSN's Off The Record. While sports reporting is a big part of his life, the mental health speaker said he's found another outlet that is just as fulfilling for him. As the opening speaker for a Mental Health Awareness Week event, Landsberg shared his inspiring […]

Lifting The Stigma: Mental Health Speaker Michael Landsberg

“If you talk about mental illness in a dark, sombre message, no one is going to listen,” Michael Landsberg says in a recent interview. “I try to bring a sense of levity.” Landsberg is the host of the popular TSN sports talk show Off The Record. He is charismatic, bold, upbeat, and demands attention in […]

Raising Awareness: Mental Health Speaker Michael Landsberg

When most people hear the name Michael Landsberg, they don't immediately associate him with the mental health movement. However, the host of TSN's Off The Record and the former host of SportsCentre was one of the big-name guests and keynote speakers at the Bell Kaleidoscope of Hope Gala in support of mental health awareness. After battling […]

Unlock the Power of “Deep Curiosity” for Greater Connections: Lavin Welcomes Scott Shigeoka, Author of Seek

Curiosity is a “muscle” that you can exercise to tap into greater fulfillment and wellbeing, healthier workplaces, and better teamwork. Lavin’s proud to welcome our new exclusive speaker Scott Shigeoka, author of the highly anticipated Seek, who offers tried-and-true strategies (like his pioneering DIVE model) for using the whole spectrum of curiosity—from shallow to deep—today.

Two New AI Talks from the TED Mainstage: Lavin speakers on Education, the Brain, and New Technologies. Watch Now!

At TED this year, Lavin speakers Nita Farahany and Sal Khan made waves and spurred endless conversation. Unsurprisingly, their talks centered on the fast-changing conversation around Artificial Intelligence. Both talks are now available to watch!

“Inclusive Leadership Is a Practice”: Daily Steps for Transforming Your Company Culture, from Minette Norman’s New Book

Building diverse teams is the key to breakthrough innovation. But teams can’t benefit from their diversity until everyone feels safe to bring their best to work—and inclusive teams require inclusive leaders. The good news? Inclusive leadership is a practice that anyone can learn—and in The Boldly Inclusive Leader, Minette shows you how.

The Best Outcome for Black Women Is the Best for Us All: Anna Gifty, Editor of The Black Agenda

“It’s really important that we don’t just state that discrimination exists,” says Anna Gifty. “We need to actually intervene in it.” As co-founder of the only nonprofit aimed at fixing the pathway problem for Black women in economics, Anna is an expert at identifying and remedying patterns of discrimination at work and beyond.

Finding Purpose in a World on Fire: Lavin’s Climate Speakers on Winning the Fight for the Future of Our Planet

With the effects of the climate crisis starker than they’ve ever been, how do we wrestle through the anxiety and take action to save our planet? David Wallace-Wells and Britt Wray offer clear-eyed and hopeful perspectives on how we can push through the fear to find action, solidarity, and hope.

“A Master Class in Resilience”: Laurel Braitman’s Stunning New Memoir on Loss, Change, and Growth

In her memoir What Looks Like Bravery, Laurel explores how we can navigate disruption and come out stronger on the other side. Rebecca Skloot, bestselling author of The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks, calls it “a life-changing lesson in healing from loss and trauma and a master class in resilience.”

Vegan Soul Kitchen

Fresh, Healthy, and Creative African-American Cuisine

The Village Effect

How Face-to-Face Contact Can Make Us Healthier and Happier

Sales Agent

Are you the right person in the wrong job? Have you stayed up all night debating politics, music, civil rights and social justice, old philosophies, new technologies, the media, the economy—or, better yet, the intersection of them all? A real debate where minds get changed, including your own? Yes? Then maybe we’re the home you […]

Women’s History Month 2023: Lavin’s Top Speakers on Gender Equality and Beyond

March is Women’s History Month, a time to celebrate the amazing progress in women’s rights over the years, as well as the work being done today. With so many facets of gender equality to explore, Lavin can help you book the right speaker for your event to inspire leadership, growth and resilience. We’re proud to […]

Roe v. Wade Helps Us Understand Our Current Moment: Mary Ziegler’s Roe Is a “Must-Read” (Publishers Weekly)

This January marks what would have been the 50th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, the landmark Supreme Court decision that was recently repealed. Leading legal historian Mary Ziegler argues that Roe—the decision, its history, and its fall—have repercussions far beyond abortion rights. In her new book Roe: The History of a National Obsession (out now!), […]

Taking Control of Your Inner Voice: Psychologist Ethan Kross Featured in The New Yorker

For leaders, overthinking and negative self-talk can lead to decreased productivity. This is something that Ethan Kross, bestselling author of Chatter, is a leading expert in. He offers proven methods to take control of your inner voice, helping you transform your thinking to one that works for you, not against you. Last week, Ethan Kross, who […]

The Top Happiness & Wellness Speakers of 2022

Good health, both mental and physical, isn’t just nice to have in the workplace—it’s the key to increased productivity, motivation, and creativity for workers and leaders in every context. Our TOP HAPPINESS AND WELLNESS SPEAKERS offer innovative, practical strategies that you can use to help everyone in your organization perform at their highest level, all the time. […]

The Top 5 Corporate Culture Speakers of 2022

More than anything else, culture is what makes organizations great. A good workplace culture empowers people at every level to learn from their mistakes, collaborate with people who are different from them, and bring their authentic selves to work. Lavin’s TOP CORPORATE CULTURE SPEAKERS—from psychologists to the C-suite—have hands-on experience in creating resilient, healthy organizations. They’ll give you […]


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Building a Workplace You Want to Be a Part Of: Lavin Welcomes Bully Market Author Jamie Fiore Higgins

What does it really look like to recognize—and improve—an unhealthy workplace? Jamie Fiore Higgins, author of the acclaimed memoir Bully Market, has firsthand experience from her 18 years at a toxic Wall Street company. Today, Jamie draws on her experience to show us what it takes to change our workplace cultures, promote inclusion and diversity, […]

Bestselling Author George M. Johnson Named to TIME100 Next List of Rising Stars

George M. Johnson, New York Times bestselling author of All Boys Aren’t Blue, is on a mission: to confront bigotry, create a better future, and forge a path so youth around the world can “be themselves unapologetically.” George was named to the 2022 TIME100 Next list for their compelling writing and activism. As TIME’s annual […]

Michael Landsberg

When we talk openly, frankly, and honestly about mental health, we’re one step closer to healing.

Todd Kashdan

The best organizations build a culture that embraces healthy dissent.

Martin E.P. Seligman

Psychology isn’t just for pathologizing—we can all use it to live happier, healthier lives.

Finding Purpose Amidst Our Climate Anxiety (and Our Other Anxieties!): Stanford Fellow Britt Wray’s New Book

How do we stay sane and find purpose in the climate crisis? Dynamic TED Speaker and New Yorker-acclaimed science writer Britt Wray has the answer. Her revolutionary scientific research, outlined in her brilliant new book Generation Dread, reveals that wrestling through our climate emotions helps us find purpose and fight for the future of our planet.  Britt shows us […]

Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman Unites Bold and Brave Voices to Uplift Black America

Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman is the editor of The Black Agenda: the first ever book to bring together dozens of Black writers, scholars, and leaders to solve today’s most pressing social issues, from economics to education to climate change. The Black Agenda “will challenge what you think is possible” (Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestselling […]

Anna Unites Bold and Brave Voices to Uplift Black America

Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman is behind The Black Agenda: the first ever book to bring together dozens of Black writers, scholars, and leaders to solve today’s most pressing social issues, from economics to education to climate change. The Black Agenda “will challenge what you think is possible” (Ibram X. Kendi, New York Times bestselling author). America needs help. […]

James Nestor

The key to leading happier, healthier lives? Better breathing.

A Reckoning of Racist Ideologies: The Lavin Agency Welcomes Psychiatrist Jonathan Metzl

We are only just beginning to understand the deep impacts of racial resentment—including its fatal consequences on public health. In the era of Donald Trump, many lower- and middle-class white Americans were drawn to politicians who pledged to make their lives great again. But as Lavin’s newest speaker physician JONATHAN METZL shows in his explosive […]

The End of Bias: Lavin Welcomes Science Journalist Jessica Nordell

We see the detrimental effects of unconscious bias and discrimination everywhere: in our schools, our workplaces, our hospitals, and beyond. Yet change is possible, says acclaimed science journalist Jessica Nordell. In her debut book The End of Bias, Lavin’s newest speaker shows us the science-based approach for uprooting our deepest prejudices. Unconscious bias is the […]

Philosophy Chair and Award-Winning Author John Kaag Joins The Lavin Agency

We’re moving towards the post-pandemic world, but the collective grief, trauma, and suffering of the last two years still lingers. New Lavin speaker John Kaag, the Chair of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Lowell, shows us how we can process our feelings post-crisis, find hope and strength to move on, and actively pursue a […]

Jay Van Bavel Offers a Revolutionary Understanding of Identity in The Power of Us

In his new book The Power of Us, Jay Van Bavel explores the dynamics of our social identities: What causes people to develop social identities? What happens when they define themselves by the groups they belong to? And under what conditions does the human tendency to divide the world into “us” versus “them” become toxic […]

Choose Possibility: Former StubHub President Sukhinger Singh Cassidy Joins The Lavin Agency

One of Silicon Valley’s most successful and well-respected leaders, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is no stranger to risk. In her upcoming book Choose Possibility, Lavin’s newest speaker reveals how the many personal and professional leaps she took along the way led her to where she is today.   In her 25-year career, Sukhinder Singh Cassidy has […]

Kristin Neff: Fierce Self-Compassion Can Change Your Life, and the World

Long before self-compassion had become common parlance, DR. KRISTIN NEFF was leading pioneering research in the field. Countless studies have been published since her first groundbreaking book Self-Compassion, and today, she reshapes our understanding once more with her new release: Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive.  […]

Remote Work & The Hybrid Office: Mastering the Post-Pandemic Workplace with Alexandra Samuel

After a year in which many of us plunged into remote work overnight, we finally have a chance to make thoughtful choices about how to combine remote and office work. In her new book Remote Inc., Alexandra Samuel—a tech journalist and remote work professional of 25 years—reveals how to adopt the mindset and habits of […]

The Life-Changing Power of Breath: Introducing New Speaker James Nestor

The way we breathe has changed dramatically over the course of human evolution—and not for the better. Fortunately, acclaimed science journalist James Nestor has undertaken the task of restoring our most vital function, starting with his instant New York Times bestseller Breath.  It’s rare that we can say that a book is for everyone, but […]

Lavin’s Holiday Gift Guide: A Book for Everyone on Your List

Is there any better way to spend the holidays than curled up with a good book? As this year comes to a close, we’ve rounded up the reads that have inspired, motivated, challenged, and moved us. So, whether you’re shopping for a history buff or a poetry lover, or even a gift for yourself, there’s […]

Centering the Black Experience: Introducing Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman

If we want to achieve an inclusive economy that works for all, we must begin by giving Black women a seat at the table, says Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman. An activist and emerging researcher, she specializes in data-driven solutions that address the future of work and its implications for Black people in both corporate and academic […]

Lavin Speaker Round-Up: Decoding the Most Important Election of Our Lifetime

This year has been an unforgettable one, to say the least. Marked by a global pandemic, a worldwide call for racial justice, and the worst economic recession we’ve seen since the Great Depression, 2020 also happens to fall on an election year. Soon, we will decide on the next President of the United States—a decision […]

Reimagining Higher Education in Response to COVID-19

The COVID-19 pandemic has created the largest disruption of education systems in history. Not only that, but this crisis is exacerbating pre-existing education disparities for many of the most vulnerable students. How are higher education institutions carrying on with teaching during this socio-economic, cultural and health crisis, and what do we know about the future of […]

Lavin Speaker Tarah Wheeler Selected for the Prestigious Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar Award

In her mission to create a safe and secure Internet for everyone, cybersecurity expert Tarah Wheeler has won the US/UK Fulbright Cyber Security Scholar Award. The Internet has undoubtedly improved the lives of people all over the world; however, as it’s grown, its vulnerabilities have also become more obvious. Today, corporations, government agencies, and individuals […]

What’s the Future? Join us for Our First Virtual Event and Find Out!

Join Naomi Klein, Angela Duckworth, Wajahat Ali, and many more of the world’s top thinkers at What’s the Future @ Lavin Live—a free virtual event diving into the enormous challenges we’re all facing as a result of COVID-19.  The longer we stay under lockdown, the less likely we are to return to a world that […]

Dragons’ Den Star Manjit Minhas Transforms Her Brewery into a Sanitizer Facility Amid the Coronavirus

Manjit Minhas is well-known for her role as a judge on the critically acclaimed program Dragons’ Den. She also runs one the world’s largest breweries—worth a whopping $187 million dollars. In the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, Minhas shows us how it’s possible to repurpose your business and respond to the crucial needs of our […]

The Case for ‘Tragic Optimism’: Emily Esfahani Smith for The New York Times

How can we protect our mental health during a global pandemic? Emily Esfahani Smith, author of the critically acclaimed The Power of Meaning, argues that the answer lies not in a quest for happiness, but a search for meaning.   “When researchers and clinicians look at who copes well in crisis and even grows through […]

Jamil Zaki Reveals How Disasters Shock Us Into Remembering Our Shared Humanity for The Wall Street Journal

Though some shoppers have been panic-buying toilet paper and sanitizer against expert advice, there’s a much bigger trend happening during this pandemic—empathy. In his latest op-ed for The Wall Street Journal, Stanford psychologist Jamil Zaki explores how COVID-19 has sparked a “global epidemic of kindness.”   For every news story there is about toilet paper […]

Age Activist Ashton Applewhite Says Beating Coronavirus Means Confronting Ageism and Ableism

As new coronavirus cases surge and more and more people self-isolate to flatten the curve, the nation’s economy continues to plummet. On Twitter, the suggestion that older people should sacrifice themselves for the sake of the economy is only one indication of how ageism and ableism are being laid bare during this pandemic. Ashton Applewhite […]

Futurist Jonathan Brill Envisions Life After the Coronavirus

Citizens around the globe are glued to the news as the coronavirus continues to silently spread. But Jonathan Brill, a gifted futurist who has helped some of the world's leading companies navigate uncertainty, suggests that what we really need to focus on is life after the pandemic. While globalization has improved quality of life for […]

Psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb Reveals How to Fight Coronavirus Anxiety

With the COVID-19 pandemic sweeping the globe, it’s no wonder that anxiety and fear are on the rise. What if a loved one falls ill? How will we deal with the potential financial fallout? And what happens if we find ourselves in another global recession? Psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb—also the author of the New York Times […]

Navigating Our AI Future: Lavin’s Top 10 Artificial Intelligence Speakers

Once the stuff of dystopian nightmares, artificial intelligence has become an essential part of our daily lives. Today, AI recommends our products, routes our taxis, predicts our Internet searches. Tomorrow? It will be a tool as fundamental as electricity. Lavin’s Top 10 artificial intelligence speakers help us navigate the changes to come. Radhika Dirks: There […]

Psychologist Scott Barry Kaufman Interviews Bestselling Author Lori Gottlieb on Common Myths of Therapy

Psychotherapist Lori Gottlieb made waves when she released Maybe You Should Talk to Someone, a poignant memoir that’s spent week after week on the bestseller lists. Now, she joins fellow Lavin Speaker Scott Barry Kaufman on The Psychology Podcast to discuss the book, some misconceptions about therapy, and why searching for “happiness” may be the […]

Why ‘Cartooning’ Political Opponents is Bad for Us: Jay Van Bavel for the BBC

We tend to reduce our political opponents to caricatures and stereotypes, a practice that is further reinforced by social media. And though it may feel satisfying to call one another out publicly, the effects could be dangerous. Psychology professors Jay Van Bavel and Dominic Packer investigate for the BBC.  Political polarization may increase voter turnout, […]

Lavin’s Top Pandemic Speakers Explore the Spread of Diseases like the Coronavirus

In just a couple of months the Coronavirus that emerged from the Chinese city of Wuhan has spread around the world, sparking a race to find treatments and vaccines against it. Zeroing in on how this deadly virus is spreading and what everyone can do to take preventative measures are The Lavin Agency’s Top Pandemic Speakers—letting […]

Acclaimed Rafiki Director Wanuri Kahiu to Direct The Black Kids, Based on Hotly Anticipated YA Novel

The Gotham Group recently announced their latest film project, The Black Kids, and it’s set to be directed by Rafiki filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu.  Kahiu—who gained international attention for her critically acclaimed film Rafiki—will helm the production, based on the upcoming YA novel of the same name. The Black Kids follows the story of a wealthy […]

Why Are Older Women Choosing to Live Alone? Psychologist Susan Pinker Explores for CBC

In her book The Village Effect, award-winning author and psychologist Susan Pinker wrote about the undeniable, life-affirming benefits of social bonds and face-to-face connection. More recently, she spoke to CBC about why an increasing number of seniors—particularly women— are enjoying living alone.  Whether it be in a retirement home or on their own property, more […]

Lavin’s Top Race Speakers Explore the Past and Present, and Share Their Solutions for the Future

As we enter a new decade, there’s a lot to look forward to—and a lot left to fight for. And unfortunately, racism isn’t a relic of shameful times past—it’s still very much alive today. Here at The Lavin Agency, our Top Race Speakers tackle this tough topic from all angles—public policy, pop culture, education, and […]

Lavin’s Top Happiness & Wellness Speakers Inspire Personal Growth and Positive Change

Everyone wants to be happy and healthy—but it doesn’t come easy. The pressure of performing well at work and having a fulfilling personal life can often be hard to manage—and that’s where Lavin’s Top Happiness & Wellness Speakers come in. Experts in how to actively enhance our inner lives and outer selves, they inspire audiences […]

Margaret Atwood, Lori Gottlieb, and Angie Thomas Named to Variety’s Best Books of 2019

The most recent novels from bestselling authors Margaret Atwood (The Testaments), Lori Gottlieb (Maybe You Should Talk to Someone) and Angie Thomas (On the Come Up) all were named to Variety’s list of the Best Books of 2019. Margaret Atwood’s hotly anticipated sequel to 1985’s The Handmaid’s Tale, was able to intertwine her original story […]

Empathy Expert Jamil Zaki Shares Techniques for Nurturing Kindness in Washington Post Profile

In these divided times, it can often seem like empathy is difficult, if not downright impossible to find. But for Jamil Zaki, the Director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab, we have a unique opportunity these days to strengthen our ability to relate to and care for one another—maybe even more than at any other […]

Six Lavin Speakers Featured on TIME Magazine’s “100 Must-Read Books of 2019”

Congratulations to Salman Rushdie, Margaret Atwood, Jayson Greene, Lori Gottlieb, David Wallace-Wells and Shoshana Zuboff for penning stirring, thought-provoking works that have captured the world’s attention.   Salman Rushdie—Quichotte The prolific author’s 14th novel reimagines the famous Don Quixote character in a satirical metafiction. Quichotte is set in Donald Trump’s America and follows “pharmaceutical-product salesman […]

Activist Vijay Gupta and Filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu Make the TIME “100 Next” List

The inaugural TIME “100 Next” list was announced today. Honoring rising stars who are “eager to defy the odds and fight for a better future,” the list includes two Lavin speakers: Wanuri Kahiu, a Cannes-winning filmmaker from Kenya, and Vijay Gupta, the MacArthur Genius violinist putting art into social justice. Wanuri Kahiu is an artist […]

Three Lavin Speakers Make Amazon’s List of the Best Biographies and Memoirs of 2019

Authors Jayson Greene, Lori Gottlieb, and Megan Phelps-Roper are among Amazon’s annual list of the best memoirs and biographies of 2019. They each share incredibly personal, and profound, stories.  Megan Phelps-Roper’s memoir, Unfollow, explores her life as a member of the notoriously hateful Westboro Baptist Church—and how she came to the decision to leave her […]

The AI Disruption: Martin Ford Explores Andrew Yang’s Surprising Campaign and Why it Matters

In a new op-ed, Martin Ford—acclaimed author of two books on the impact of AI on the labour market—explains why AI-driven automation should be a top-of-mind issue in the upcoming election, and why Andrew Yang is the only candidate willing to speak out about it.  “The Democratic Party’s agenda increasingly is being shaped by the […]

Amber Baldet Visits The Verge to Discuss What Blockchain Can Do For us

Cryptocurrency expert Amber Baldet joins Vox Media’s The Verge for an insightful conversation on where cryptocurrency is going, Facebook’s potential in the game, and how blockchain can dismantle skepticism and renew trust when it comes to sharing our data online.   Money is one fantastic and useful application of blockchain technology, and it has the […]

Athlete and Activist Waneek Horn-Miller Inducted into Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame

Having been an inspiring athlete and Indigenous activist for decades, Waneek Horn-Miller has been breaking barriers and records her entire life. Her latest achievement is being inducted into the elite Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame—making her the first water polo player to be honoured.  The induction ceremony takes place in Toronto today, and Horn-Miller is […]

I, Robot: Seth Stephens-Davidowitz Explores Our Changing Relationship With Technology for NPR.

When we want to figure out where to eat, what to see, or the answers to our embarrassing questions, we turn to Google. Seth Stephen Davidowitz, a former data scientist for the search engine, explains how our search history reveals more about us than we know.   Seth Stephens-Davidowitz is the author of Everybody Lies: […]

Big Problems, Tiny Solutions: MIT’s Susan Hockfield Joins Bill Nye on the Science Rules! Podcast

How will we address the needs of everyone on earth as the population continues to grow? Susan Hockfield—Neuroscientist, author, and former president of MIT—suggests we turn to biology for answers.  By the year 2050, there will be almost ten billion people on earth. Unsurprisingly, the population increase will put a significant stress on our resources: […]

The Top Climate Change Speakers Taking Action in the Fight for Our Future

A year ago, Greta Thunberg was an unknown Swedish teenager striking from school once a week to protest climate inaction. Today, she’s a global icon and climate activist that’s inspired a nation. Alongside Greta, these top Climate Change speakers are united in the fight to save our planet, and they show us—beyond activism—what we must […]

What is Your Technology Doing to You? Adam Alter Explores on Future Minds

Adam Alter—NYU Marketing Professor and New York Times bestselling author—joins Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience Joel Pearson for an engaging conversation on how addictive technology influences our lives.  Why are so many people addicted to technology? Adam Alter has been investigating the question for years, most notably in his latest book Irresistible. It’s a topic that […]

Winning Now, Winning Later: Former Honeywell CEO David Cote Joins The Lavin Agency

As the former chairman and CEO of Honeywell, David Cote led one of the most historic turn-around’s the manufacturing industry had ever seen. In his upcoming book Winning Now, Winning Later, he distills those strategic leadership lessons for the next generation of business chieftains and managers.  Should an organization focus on its current numbers, or […]

PBS Newshour Highlights Nikole Hannah-Jones’ Groundbreaking 1619 Project

Nikole Hannah-Jones talks to PBS Newshour about her exciting project with The New York Times Magazine. The 1619 Project is a landmark issue of the magazine entirely devoted to commemorating the anniversary of American slavery, and reframing the nation’s past—and present—through the lens of this incredible injustice.  How did slavery shape the American economy, influence […]

The Final Frontier of Privacy: Nita Farahany Considers Mind-Reading Technology

Companies and governments are closer than ever to introducing mind-reading technology. The problem? Our legal system is ill-equipped to handle the privacy concerns that will no doubt accompany it. Neuro-ethicist Nita Farahany joins the conversation in Fast Company. There are a variety of reasons why mind-reading technology has captured our attention; some altruistic, some not. […]

Abandoning the Status Quo: Innovation Guru Jeremy Gutsche Shares How CIOs Can Help Companies Disrupt

As the CEO of Trend Hunter, the largest trend-spotting platform in the world, Jeremy Gutsche is well-versed in the art of bringing big ideas to life. Now, he explains how CIOs will become crucial to disruptive innovation in the coming years.   The average lifespan of a fortune 500 company has fallen from a healthy […]

Reforming Education: Top Ten Teaching and Learning Speakers

From boosting economic growth, to living healthier and happier lives, the benefits of education are rich and plenty. Lavin’s Top Ten Teaching and Learning Speakers address how we can reform our public institutions, deepen our knowledge, increase productivity, and ultimately, achieve more success.   With a New York Times bestselling book and Viral TED talk […]

“All Hands on Deck”: Uninhabitable Earth Author David Wallace-Wells Discusses the Motivating Force of Climate Change

We absolutely love it when two Lavin speakers get together to share world-changing ideas, and that happened on Douglas Rushkoff’s most recent episode of his Team Human podcast, “The Power of Panic,” when he and The Uninhabitable Earth author David Wallace-Wells got down to brass tacks around climate change, and the power of human anxiety […]

The Washington Post Round-Up of Best Books for Every Age Features Four Lavin Speakers

The time in your life that you read a book will alter the impact it will have on you. The Washington Post has rounded up the best book for every age, a list of recommendations chosen based on the “age-appropriate wisdom they impart.” Included in the round-up are Lavin speakers Angie Thomas, Margaret Atwood, Salman […]

Top 10 Team-Building Speakers: Fostering Meaningful Connections in the Workplace

A company can’t succeed without its people, and people can’t succeed without each other. These Top 10 team-building speakers illuminate how to create long-lasting connections in the workplace—improving productivity, collaboration, and happiness in the process. Darby Allen is widely celebrated for safely evacuating the residents of Fort McMurray during Alberta’s 2016 forest fires. Today, the […]

Is Nationalism Ever a Force for Good? Jared Diamond Weighs In for Big Think

In today’s political climate, nationalism tends to carry negative connotations. But in the latest video from Big Think, historian, geographer, and bestselling author JARED DIAMOND explores how—much like self-confidence for the individual—nationalism is something that countries should have, in healthy doses. Nationalism isn’t inherently bad—it just depends how much you have of it. Jared Diamond […]

Nina Tandon’s Revolutionary Bone Reconstruction Company Approved for FDA Trial

Nina Tandon’s company EpiBone has received FDA clearance to begin its first clinical trial—making it one step closer to providing patients with precision-fit skeletal implants grown from their own cells. Nina Tandon believes we are close to unlocking the regenerative capabilities of our own bodies. As the founder and CEO of EpiBone, Tandon uses stem […]

Two Humanitarian Leaders—The Dalai Lama and Lavin Speaker Bill Strickland—Meet to Discuss the Power of Supporting Youth

As the founder of Manchester Bidwell—a revolutionary center which gives the poor and underprivileged youth access to careers—Bill Strickland is a widely-recognized leader in the world of  philanthropy. He was recently invited by fellow philanthropic leader, the 14th Dalai Lama, to discuss  compassion, resiliency, and the radically transformative power of helping those who need it most.  Bill […]

A Q&A With Emily Esfahani Smith, Lavin Speaker and Author of The Power of Meaning

Meaning, not happiness, is the key to a good life. That’s the vital message at the core of Emily Esfahani Smith’s book, The Power of Meaning, an essential guide to living a life that matters, as well as her popular TED talk—viewed over 7 million times—and her viral Atlantic article. In our recent chat with her, she explains how you can develop genuine cultures of […]

How Do You Manage Change? By Booking the Best Innovation Speakers

The world is changing—fast. You want the best innovation speaker to help you navigate your future. The Lavin Agency represents the best innovation speakers—great minds on the front lines of their industry, working to make the world a smarter place.     Jeremy Gutsche is “an intellectual can of Red Bull” (Association Week), a New York Times bestselling author and one of our most booked […]

Meet Lavin’s TED Fellows—A Group of Young Visionaries Working to Make the World a Better Place

The TED Fellows represent the brightest, boldest minds making headlines across all fields; they’re filmmakers, journalists, artists, scientists, entrepreneurs, musicians and designers, working together, and with TED’s support, to create positive change around the world. We represent over 40 TED Fellows. Get to know a few them below:  “Healthy, productive women are the cornerstone of […]

Twelve Lavin Speakers are Appearing at SXSW—Where the Boldest Minds With the Biggest Ideas Meet and Reach for the Future

South by Southwest (SXSW) is a conference that has dedicated itself to helping creative people achieve their goals. Since 1987, the festival has attracted the brightest stars on the forefront of their fields to give talks and have candid conversations about the future and their industry. This year twelve Lavin speakers were invited to speak.   […]

In Her Latest for The Atlantic, Emily Esfahani Smith Shows That Our Flaws Are More Attractive Than We Think They Are

“Often there’s a mismatch between how people perceive their vulnerabilities and how others interpret them. We tend to think showing vulnerability makes us seem weak, inadequate, and flawed—a mess. But when others see our vulnerability, they might perceive something quite different, something alluring.” Researchers call this “the beautiful mess effect” and Emily Esfahani Smith, standing-o […]

Top 10 Business Keynote Speakers

Great companies start with great leaders. Leaders who recognize incredible talent, even when it’s hard to see; leaders who can spot, manage, and prevent risk; leaders who build successful teams, adapt to change and create cultures of innovation. These business keynote speakers blend personal, compelling leadership stories with years of immersive research, interviews and anecdotes […]

Top 10 Innovation Keynote Speakers

The world is changing—fast. Innovation and creativity are becoming the most valuable assets a company can hire for, encourage and cultivate. But how does innovation actually happen? What does it really look like in action? These innovation keynote speakers are professors, entrepreneurs, scientists; they’re working on the front lines of innovation, helping you to better […]

Get to Know Lavin’s MacArthur “Geniuses”!

This year Titus Kaphar and Vijay Gupta join a whopping SIX other Lavin Speakers in receiving MacArthur “Genius” Grants—a prestigious honor awarded to those who are forging truly significant progress towards “building a more just, verdant and peaceful world.” Get to know Lavin’s “geniuses”: Titus Kaphar’s sculptures, paintings, and installations create new and striking ways […]

Fashion, Beer, and Lab-Grown Bones: Three Women Doing Business on Their Own Terms

Looking to learn from some of the top women in business today? Beyond leaning in, these dynamic, innovative leaders offer brilliant business strategies on growing and sustaining organizations using their own unique skill sets—whether that’s in luxury fashion (Maureen Chiquet), beer production (Manjit Minhas), or the lab (Nina Tandon). Maureen Chiquet – Empathy is a Necessity, Not a Luxury   Courageous conversations are […]

In His Brand New TED Talk, Steven Pinker Argues that the World is Getting Better. But, We Must Adjust Our Perception to See It.

“You can always fool yourself into seeing a decline if you compare bleeding headlines of the present with rose-tinted images of the past,” says speaker Steven Pinker in his just-released (and standing o-garnering) TED Talk. But, he goes on to ask, what does the trajectory of the world look like when we measure well-being over time using […]

The Aging Population is Capable, Happy and Excited, Says Activist Ashton Applewhite. Marketers Barely Know This Demographic.

Misconceptions about our aging population abound. As Ashton Applewhite proves in This Chair Rocks—her celebrated anti-ageism manifesto—and her mainstage TED Talk, which garnered a standing ovation and over 1.2 million views, we barely know the aging demographic; they’re a consumer group far more capable, happy, and excited than socially constructed biases give them credit for.  […]

So You Work 120 Hours a Week—Daniel Lerner Tells You How to Find Meaning Beyond the Minutes

You change every day, so your sense of success does too, says speaker and positive psychologist Daniel Lerner. Lerner, author of U Thrive—a guide to prospering through the college years and beyond—teaches audiences of all ages to find success (and the more elusive measure: meaning) in daily work and life, whether you’re a lawyer, doctor, executive, or artist. Lerner is […]

Ignore the Headlines, Says Harvard Professor Steven Pinker. Out Today, His New Book Explains Why The World is Doing Better Than You Think.

Newspaper headlines are an endless stream of violence, destruction, and looming threats. But Harvard professor and leading cognitive psychologist Steven Pinker says that we’re actually living longer, healthier, and happier lives than ever before. In his much-anticipated book Enlightenment Now (already named one of The Guardian’s best of 2018 and declared by Bill Gates to be […]

3 Speakers Offer Practical, Meaningful Strategies in the Pursuit of Mental Wellness

Sometimes we don’t know how to face a challenge until we’re already struggling with it. Michael Landsberg, Candy Chang, and Dr. Jonathan Fader are three speakers who approach the issue of mental health from all angles: acknowledging the realities of illness while also promoting mental wellness for all—no matter how you feel.  Michael Landsberg: Sports, Stigma, […]

Productive Ease, Meaningful Work, Peaceful Communities: Three Speakers Offer Plans for Happiness at Work and Beyond

Consider the possibility of handling the everyday challenges of work, school, city dwelling, and creative pursuits with nothing more than your own mind. Speakers Daniel Lerner, Emily Esfahani Smith, and Charles Montgomery lay out straightforward actions towards living well, avoiding burnout, and maintaining your performance at work. Happiness is just one part of it.    Daniel Lerner: Balancing Passion with Everything Else     Sometimes it seems […]

4 Speakers Who Will Empower You to Change Your Patterns of Action (And Stick To It)

Motivate your employees. Reduce your carbon footprint. Run a marathon. January is the month we want to figure out how to do better—with our time, our colleagues, and our creative endeavours. These four keynote speakers will inspire you to set goals, work through slumps, and make positive change that really sticks. Vijay Gupta On Healing Communities Through Music    […]

The Best Speakers. The Best Writers. Lavin Exclusives Lead The Best American Writing of 2017

2017 is winding down, which means “best of” lists are burning up the Internet. But what about something you can read when the snow knocks out your Wi-Fi? The annual Best American series are a cultural barometer representing the upper echelon of writing. This year, six of our speakers are in them—a literal bounty of excellent writing.  The Best American Series  >   […]

The Lavin Weekly: Broken Glass, Brain Software, A La Carte Reality, and Contagious Violence

In this Lavin Weekly, Teju Cole explores the role of broken glass in photojournalism; David Eagleman asks about the brain’s basic cognitive software; Jelani Cobb talks about what it’s like to be a journalist in the Trump era; and Derek Thompson explains how mass shootings are infectious.  1. “The images that have stayed with me […]

When Brands Run out of Growth, Joe Jackman Helps Them Rediscover Their Purpose. Here’s What He Did for Walgreens.

What did retail expert Joe Jackman do for Walgreens when it plateaued? He didn’t build more stores. He dug deep into the brand’s heritage—what was their purpose to begin with? How did it originate? What made it successful? It turns out, “[they weren’t] in the drugstore biz,” says Jackman. “[They] make it easy for people to lead […]

Dialogue, Empathy, and the Hard Work of Indigenous Reconciliation: Icon, Olympian, and Activist Waneek Horn-Miller

At 14, Waneek Horn-Miller was stabbed by a Canadian soldier for protesting developments on Mohawk land. Ten years later, she rebounded, becoming the first Canadian Mohawk woman to compete in the Olympics—and grace the cover of TIME. Today, she shows how reconciliation is possible: through listening, humility, and tough conversations. As Director of Community Engagement […]

With Today’s Complexity, Tiny Errors Can Lead to Enormous Meltdowns. It Can Happen to Any Organization, Says András Tilcsik

Our world is a network of complicated systems—think travel, healthcare, finance, or media. But because these systems are now so dizzyingly complex, even the smallest of errors can lead to enormous disasters. Enter András Tilcsik. As co-author of the hotly anticipated Meltdown, he maps why our systems fail, and how we can check disaster at its source.   […]

Seek a Life of Meaning, Not Happiness, Says Emily Esfahani Smith in Her New TED Talk

Our “single-minded obsession with happiness” is leading us astray, says speaker Emily Esfahani Smith in her just-released hit TED2017 keynote. Smith lays out the four pillars of wisdom that are not about banishing unhappiness, but rather, finding meaning within an emotional spectrum. “I used to think the whole purpose of life was pursuing happiness,” says Emily Esfahani Smith in […]

Build Your Village: Susan Pinker’s New TED Talk Shows How Real Life Social Interactions Can Extend Your Life

What does it take to live to 100? In her just-released TED Talk, psychologist Susan Pinker explains the fascinating data drawn from her study of the Italian village of Villagrande. Why do so many of its inhabitants hit triple-digit birthdays? Hint: it has nothing to do with a low-fat diet.  As Pinker points out, Villagrande, while picturesque, is not known […]

The Lavin Weekly: American Violence, Problem Prosecutors, A Talk With Teju Cole, Women in STEM, and How to Live Longer

The Lavin Weekly is a round-up of our favourite speaker stories of the week. Sometimes our Lavin Speakers are the writers, sometimes they’re the subjects, but always they’re making the world a smarter place.  This week Rich Benjamin weighs in on Charlottesville; Emily Bazelon exposes a disturbing ethical apathy in American prosecutors; Teju Cole talks about […]

The Four Pillars of Wellbeing: New Speaker Emily Esfahani Smith on the Search for Meaning in a Happiness-Driven World

When Emily Esfahani Smith was in college, she began to see a curious pattern. Our “single-minded obsession with happiness” is leading people astray. As featured in her hit TED2017 keynote and new book, The Power of Meaning, Smith provides readers with four pillars of wisdom that are not about banishing unhappiness, but finding meaning within a varied emotional spectrum. […]

VIDEO: How Does Flirting Make a Happier City? Urban Design Consultant Charles Montgomery Explains

“Every city’s doing a little bit right,” said author and urban design consultant Charles Montgomery during his recent Lavin HQ visit. “And a lot wrong, unfortunately,” he adds with a smile. He’s worked on enough cities to know.  “It is necessary to consider human relationships in everything we build.” — Charles Montgomery Charles Montgomery speaks from the […]

LAVIN x TED2017: Meet the Talent Taking the Stage

The 2017 TED Conference is kicking off today in Vancouver, and nine members (comprising six mainstage presenters and TED Fellows) of the Lavin brain trust are there to speak in a diverse set of sessions that all center around the theme of this year’s conference: The Future You. Meet the people taking their timely messages west. Monday April […]

“Leave your phone at home for a day” Suggests Daniel Lerner, Author of U Thrive: How to Succeed in College (and Life)

The advice that happiness expert and NYU professor Daniel Lerner offers in his just-released book U Thrive isn’t strictly for those embarking on their college years. “It’s for 30-year-olds, 40-year-olds, and 50-year-olds,” he told us in a recent visit to Lavin’s Toronto office.   “We just put it into context,” explains Lerner with a smile. In these two exclusive […]

What Does Your Data Know that You Don’t? Seth Stephens-Davidowitz

Surely a search engine wouldn’t understand our desires better than we do, right? Well, we’re forgetting one thing: we don’t sugarcoat anything for a search bar. According to former Google data scientist Seth Stephens-Davidowitz’s new book Everybody Lies, people are skilled fabricators whether we mean to be or not. But our data? It can’t help but tell […]

Daniel Lerner: Can Success and Happiness Coexist?

Sometimes the measure of success comes down to how much mustard is on your lapel. Motivational speaker Daniel Lerner knows all too well, and has the dry-cleaning bills to prove it. The trick is in finding harmony between your passions, and knowing what you can’t live without. For Brightworks’ 7th Annual Innovation Day, Lavin speaker Daniel Lerner […]

What Makes New Technology So Addictive? Read Adam Alter’s New Book, Irresistible

Addiction is nothing new. But today, it’s all about tech: Facebook, Twitter, Netflix, Instagram, and the latest app keep us tied to our screens. So what makes these platforms so enticing? In Irresistible, Adam Alter breaks down the latest in behavioral addiction—and shows us how to kick the habit. Consider the amount of time we […]

Trump Won. What’s Next? Lavin Speakers Help Us Understand the Election

Donald Trump has led the Republican Party to unexpected success—baffling pollsters across the world and driving people of all political persuasions to seek out expert opinion. What does a Trump victory mean for international relations and global health? How will it alter world and domestic economies? What will it mean for immigration, women’s health, or […]

Learn How to Spark a Revolution at the Trend Hunter Future Festival

Today is day three of Trend Hunter’s Future Festival—and attendees can expect a jam-packed morning of rapid innovation workshops, and another exciting afternoon of experiential trend safaris. But as the event continues, we thought we’d look back at a few highlights of yesterday’s incredible keynotes on the trends defining the future (which were capped with […]

Happier Cities Just Make Sense: Charles Montgomery Talks to The Guardian

As populations continue to urbanize, the debate rages as to how to best streamline our cities for productivity. But another question—one stemming from an emerging field—is now beginning to take hold: How can we be happier in cities? Urban experimentalist Charles Montgomery is the author of the aptly named Happy City, in which he tackles […]

This Week: Jeremy Gutsche Hosts Trend Hunter’s Future Festival, October 5–7

This week, Toronto is home to one of the most exciting innovation events in the world. That’s right—Trend Hunter’s Future Festival is once again upon us: three days of dynamic keynotes and innovation workshops, on-trend cultural safaris, exclusive access to consumer insights, invaluable networking opportunities, and (of course!) a whole lot of fun. Read on […]

New Videos: Daniel Lerner Helps You Find Your Passion

Positive psychology expert Daniel Lerner teaches NYU’s most popular elective, “The Science of Happiness”—a whirlwind of emboldening stories and actionable takeaways for improving mental health, well-being, and performance in all aspects of life. To Lerner, when we’re “harmoniously passionate” about something—when we do it because we love it, not because it’ll bring us fame or […]

First Look: David Sax’s New Book,The Revenge of Analog

The promise of digital seems too good to pass up. With advanced technology, operations become smoother, purchases simpler, and everything’s just a few clicks away. But recently, we’ve seen another curious trend emerge: the resurgence of analog goods, businesses, and experiences, thriving against a tech-heavy backdrop. It’s the subject of David Sax’s fascinating new book, […]

Want to Help Children Succeed? Help Their Parents, Says Paul Tough

Last week, education speaker Paul Tough wrote a piece for The Atlantic called “How Kids Learn Resilience,” in which he champions the development of noncognitive skills—grit, optimism, self-control, among others—in children. The foundation for these skills is laid in our first few years of life, he argues; and for children raised in safe, nurturing environments, these […]

The Winning Mindset: Introducing New Speaker Dr. Jonathan Fader

Increasingly, top-end companies and pro sports organizations employ behind-the-scenes performance experts who sharpen their teams’ mental skills for the task at hand. And among these specialists, Dr. Jonathan Fader is a first-ballot All-Star. As the performance psychologist for the New York Mets, he helps players overcome their mental hurdles and attain peak performance. And in […]

A Portrait of Injustice: Introducing New Speaker LaToya Ruby Frazier

For LaToya Ruby Frazier, photography shines a spotlight on injustice in contemporary America. Her photos, often set in stark yet stunning black-and-white, capture three generations of history in her hometown of Braddock, Pennsylvania—an industrial suburb and microcosm of the 20th-century rustbelt, nine miles downriver from Pittsburgh. In her art and stirring keynotes, Frazier reveals Braddock’s shining […]

First Look: John Elder Robison’s New Book, Switched On

John Elder Robison—bestselling author, neurodiversity scholar, and leading voice on autism—has a new book hitting stores on March 22. Switched On: A Memoir of Brain Change and Emotional Awakening tells the astonishing story of how Robinson underwent TMS, or Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation: Harvard’s cutting-edge brain therapy that can “unlock” emotional intelligence in people on the autism spectrum. The […]

Lavin Gives: Street Symphony and The Canadian Journalism Foundation

In lieu of giving holiday gifts this year, The Lavin Agency is making donations to two organizations we believe in: The Canadian Journalism Foundation and Street Symphony. These organizations are making a real difference in our world, and have a special relationship to a number of our exclusive speakers. The Canadian Journalism Foundation promotes excellence […]

Tom Wujec Talks on Disruption, Robo-Economics, & Information Technology

Tom Wujec—Chief Disruptor at Autodesk, and world-renowned innovator—dropped by The Lavin office in Toronto to speak about his current research, work, and keynote topics. In particular, he spoke about new disruptive technologies and creation processes: everything from the 3D printing of luxury goods to large-scale mapping software for city planners to innovations in dental surgery. New […]

The Science of Happiness, and Success: Introducing New Speaker Daniel Lerner

Demanding schedules, multiple jobs, and sky-high expectations for productivity mean many of us are sacrificing our happiness and well-being in order to succeed. Competition starts earlier than ever: high school and college students battle depression and anxiety as they strive to distinguish themselves and earn top marks. However, to positive psychology expert Daniel Lerner, ‘success […]

The Expert Guide: Introducing New Speaker Randall Lane

If you’ve read Forbes Magazine recently, you’ve witnessed Randall Lane’s incredible editorial influence: by emphasizing the achievements of young innovators and disrupters, he’s helped the magazine reach millions of new readers. Lane is also the creator of the Forbes 400 Summit on Philanthropy and the Under 30 Summit: two landmark annual events that gather the world’s most […]

Can Humans Feel Data? Watch Neuroscientist David Eagleman’s 2015 TED Talk

Can we create new senses for humans? Is it possible to feel information? Can we experience data the same way we hear, see or feel other things? What would a world where we’re not limited to our five biological senses be like? David Eagleman answered these questions—and many, many more—in his astounding new TED talk […]

Science and the City: Charles Montgomery Builds a Better Way of Life

Urban experimentalist and Happy City author Charles Montgomery took abandoned spaces in New York City and reformed them into an living laboratory. In his inspiring TEDxVancouver talk (embedded above), Montgomery opens up about bringing together the right ingredients to build a social, and therefore happy, city. We learn how measures of life satisfaction can lead […]

The Search for Meaning: Adam Alter on Why and When We Reflect on Our Lives

Late last year, New York Times bestselling author of Drunk Tank Pink Adam Alter published a fascinating new study in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences with Hal Hershfield. They revealed that age is more than just a number: as we approach a new decade in chronological age, we search for meaning. Here's the study's […]

Lavin Agency Gives to Vijay Gupta’s Street Symphony & Jane Chen’s Embrace

In lieu of holiday gifts this year, The Lavin Agency is making donations to two organizations we believe in: Embrace Global and Street Symphony. Led by two exceptional Lavin speakers, these projects are making a real difference in our world. Embrace Global, co-founded by Jane Chen, is dedicated to advancing maternal and child health by […]

Nothing Beats Bacon: Speaker David Sax on the Economic Impact of Food Trends

We're so pleased to announce that James Beard Award-winning writer David Sax has joined Lavin as a new exclusive speaker. Sax is the author of The Tastemakers, a new book that examines how food trends have the power to change our culture—and the economy, marketing, business, and health—at a revolutionary pace. In his talks, he […]

Up Close & Personal: Susan Pinker On Face-to-Face Contact and Happiness

Psychologist and bestselling author Susan Pinker is back with a fascinating new book: The Village Effect. In it, she shows how face-to-face contact is crucial for learning, happiness, resilience, and longevity—and how it can even save our lives. A recent feature on Pinker and the book in Maclean's focused on personal happiness and the effects […]

Reviews of The Divide by Matt Taibbi: “Impossible to Put Down” (NYT)

Matt Taibbi's new book, The Divide: American Injustice in the Age of the Wealth Gap, has made quite a splash in the first week of its release. Not only did it debut at #8 on the New York Times bestselling hardcover nonfiction list, it has already jumped to #4. The book, which takes readers on […]

Is Positive Thinking a Myth? Adam Alter, in The New Yorker

In a recent piece for The New Yorker, Adam Alter asked an intriguing question: does positive thinking really make our dreams come true? After all, the idea has been “a mainstay among greeting-card companies, motivational speakers, and school teachers for decades,” he says. Alter is the author of Drunk Tank Pink and an Associate Professor […]

How to Grow a Bone Without a Body: Nina Tandon’s New TED Video

TED Senior Fellow and science speaker Nina Tandon is the co-founder of EpiBone, the world’s first company growing living human bones for skeletal reconstruction. In a new TED video (embedded above), Tandon and her co-founder Sarindr Bhumiratana describe the work they're doing and the incredible impact it could have on human health. “If you need […]

Bill Strickland’s Education Revolution: Financial Times

As a “black kid growing up in a bad neighbourhood” in Pittsburgh in the 1960s, Bill Strickland understood all about the hopelessness of the ghetto. Running away from an angry cop or hitching a ride from a friend in a stolen car could wreck your life in an instant and forever. But Strickland’s life was […]

Can Libraries Save Lives? Eric Klinenberg On Social Infrastructure In Cities

“We need to think about the social infrastructure as much as we do about the hard infrastructure of power lines and transit systems and communications networks,” cities speaker Eric Klinenberg tells Urban Omnibus. In a new series of interviews, the Going Solo author shows how important neighborhood cohesion and social planning is to the health […]

How To Fight Stereotypes With Comedy: Social Justice Speaker Negin Farsad

“Something we could learn from the gay community's leaps and bounds in civil rights in the last twenty years was just don't hide it, tell people,” Negin Farsad tells NPR. The social justice comic and speaker recently released a documentary film, The Muslims Are Coming!, aimed at doing just that. She and her co-creator Dean […]

Solo Living On The Rise: Cities Speaker Eric Klinenberg On The Shift

Even despite economic hardship after the recent recession, “Americans will [still] pay a premium to have a place of their own,” cities speaker Eric Klinenberg told The Los Angeles Times. The independence gained from living alone has become increasingly valued in America today. Solo living is no longer a trend. In fact, a report published […]

Lefties, Rejoice! Science Speaker Maria Konnikova On Creativity & Handedness

Last week, approximately 10 percent of the population celebrated Left-Handers’ Day. Maria Konnikova, a science speaker and psychologist, just published an article in The New Yorker that will give lefties even more reason to celebrate their uniqueness. Not only has new research shown that being a left-hander doesn't necessarily live up to the “sinister” stereotypes […]

Break The Junk Food Cycle: A New Keynote From Bryant Terry [VIDEO]

“One million dollars is spent every hour encouraging children to eat and drink the worst beverages and the worst food,” health speaker Bryant Terry tells the crowd in a new keynote. “We're talking foods and drinks that are high in salt, high in sugar, high in fat and low in desirable nutrients that they need.” […]

David Eagleman: Can Neuroscience Change The Justice System?

Our prison system works as a one-size-fits-all institution. Science speaker David Eagleman believes that modern neuroscience research and better use of big data could change that. The sought-after neuroscientist recently addressed the subject in Smart Planet. He explained that physiologically driven behavior isn't always taken into account during sentencing, and, that there could be more effective […]

A “Comfortable Fiction”: Adam Alter On Free Will Vs. Determined Action

The idea that we make decisions based on completely rational thinking is what Adam Alter calls “comfortable fiction.” We tell ourselves that we are in control of the actions we take. We do this so we feel that our choices matter. But in fact, the science speaker and Drunk Tank Pink author says cues in […]

Brain Vs Mind: David Eagleman On The True Driver Of Our Behavior

With the onset of President Obama's BRAIN Initiative, neuroscience has been pushed to the forefront of public discourse. David Eagleman, a renowned neuroscientist and science speaker, has argued that we've barely scratched the surface of what we know about our brains. What's more, we are still trying to uncover the way our physical brains and […]

We Can’t Keep Microbes Out: Jessica Green On The New Era Of Design

You can't see it, but there's a diverse ecosystem of microbes sharing your office with you. In fact, as science speaker Jessica Green says in a Smart Planet article, “in the place where we spend 90 percent of our lives—indoors—there’s as great a diversity as you would see in a tropical rainforest.” These microbial ecosystems are […]

What’s In A Name? Science Speaker Adam Alter In The New Yorker

William Shakespeare's Juliet, from Romeo & Juliet, famously asked “What's in a name?” While she hypothesized that a “rose by any other name would still smell as sweet,” science speaker Adam Alter has documented numerous studies showing that different names actually can change how we perceive an event, an object, or a person. “Arbitrary linguistic traits […]

Think Pink: Adam Alter Talks Psychology of Design on CBS

What would prompt someone to paint their walls an obnoxious and unpopular bubble-gum pink? As science speaker Adam Alter explains in an interview with CBS Sunday Morning, a certain shade of vibrant pink (commonly referred to as Drunk Tank Pink) tends to have a calming effect on the people exposed to it. This was discovered […]

Adam Alter: Why Don’t We Know What Cues Are Driving Our Behavior?

In his new book, Drunk Tank Pink, science speaker Adam Alter has uncovered some fascinating findings about how cues in our environment impact our behavior. Since scientists are now able to pinpoint these cues, Malcolm Gladwell asks Alter why we can't identify them as they happen to us. Why aren't we able to tell that […]

Being The “Other”: Director Mira Nair On Cultural Identity

“Living in America, in the 10 years since 9/11, it has been very disturbing to see how little we know of the other side,” says film director Mira Nair in an interview with the BBC News. In her new film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, the diversity speaker shines a light on that “other side”, and addresses […]

Stocks & Sexual Attraction: Adam Alter & Malcolm Gladwell On Environmental Cues

“I think the effects of nature on behavior, our cognition, how we feel and think and react to all sorts of stresses, I think those effects are phenomenal, profound, and very powerful,” science speaker Adam Alter told Malcolm Gladwell recently. The two authors, gathered to celebrate Alter's New York Times bestseller Drunk Tank Pink, spoke […]

Confessions: Candy Chang Connects Communities By Sharing Secrets

What happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas. And, thanks to the work of cities speaker Candy Chang, what happens in Vegas also stays scribbled on the walls for everyone in Sin City to see. Aptly titled “Confessions,” Chang's installation turned a Las Vegas art gallery into a space for spilling secrets this past summer. Featured […]

What’s Next For China? James Fallows Says There’s More Hard Times Ahead

“There's not much debate about the scale or impressiveness of what China has achieved in the past 30+ years,” James Fallows, a prominent China speaker, writes in a new post in The Atlantic. “Hundreds of millions of people moved from rural poverty to the middle class and beyond; the country regained its pride; the landscape […]

The Economist Praises Director Mira Nair’s “Potent” Storytelling

Mira Nair's “inquisitive nature and social conscience combined with a healthy appetite for storytelling has proved to be a potent mixture on screen,” The Economist writes. Her newest film, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, is “both compelling and unsettling to watch,” the article continues. Coinciding with the recent American release of the film, Mair was interviewed by […]

Why We Do What We Do: Malcolm Gladwell Interviews Adam Alter

In Drunk Tank Pink, science speaker Adam Alter lists example after example of unexpected cues in our environment that shape and influence our behavior. He explains that everything from the color of your shirt to the first initial of your name can profoundly influence how you—and others you come into contact with—behave. If these effects […]

Drunk Tank Pink: Adam Alter Sees The Color As An “Emblem” For His Book

Science speaker Adam Alter says Drunk Tank Pink (the name of his new book) is the same hue as “the worst antibiotic you had to take as a kid.” This “bright pinkish, sickening color,” seems to have powerfully positive impacts on those exposed to it. In fact, it has been shown that this particular color […]

Immigration Rises & The Power Moves West: John Ibbitson On The Big Shift

With over 250,000 immigrants coming to Canada each year, it's no wonder the new book by politics speaker John Ibbitson is called The Big Shift. Co-authored with Darrell Bricker, the immediate bestseller argues that Canada—traditionally known as one of the world's most consensual countries—is polarizing. With major changes to the population of the country, and to […]

Behind The Name: Adam Alter Tells BigThink What Inspired Drunk Tank Pink

Why did science speaker Adam Alter decide to title his new book after a shade of pink that once graced the inside of jail cells? As he explains in a new BigThink segment, Drunk Tank Pink—which is the name of this unique shade of pink, and the title of Alter's book—was originally used to pacify […]

What’s In A Label? Adam Alter On How Names & Colors Affect Our Behavior

Drunk Tank Pink. Not only is that the name of the new book from science speaker Adam Alter, but it also embodies the idea that unconscious cues from our environment directly impact our behavior. As Alter says in a new interview on NPR's Science Friday, this Pepto-Bismol, bubblegum-like shade of pink was proven to have […]

Nature Sharpens Our Minds: Adam Alter’s Highly Shared Atlantic Article

Why did some patients recovering from gallbladder surgery in Pennsylvania recover quicker than others? As science speaker Adam Alter proposes, a picturesque view of natural surroundings may have attributed to their speedy recovery. In an excerpt of his book Drunk Tank Pink: The Unexpected Forces That Shape Our Thoughts, Feelings, and Behaviors, Alter explains that, […]

Aging Alone: Eric Klinenberg On The Challenges Of Solo Living As A Senior

“If you’re planning on joining the many who have opted to live solo, you’re best off making sure you maintain frequent contact with friends and family,” an excerpt from a recent column in Smithsonian reads. Luckily, according to Eric Klinenberg, many of the estimated 32.7 million Americans currently living alone aren't socially isolated—they are actually […]

Mental Illness Isn’t A Weakness: Michael Landsberg

Mental health speaker Michael Landsberg is known for his charismatic role as the host of TSN's Off the Record. But, as Ashley Kascak from the Canadian Mental Health Association notes, the way he frankly and honestly speaks about mental illness—specifically his own struggles with anxiety and depression—is perhaps an even greater contribution.“It’s a relief,” she writes […]

Personalized Medicine: Science Speaker Nina Tandon On Tissue Design at TED

Each individual's body is complexly unique. The problem with this, science speaker Nina Tandon says in a TED Talk, is that it can lead to major complications when you fall ill. Since our bodies are all different, and react differently and unpredictably to standard medical treatments, it can be difficult to treat health problems using […]

Drunk Tank Pink by Adam Alter Will “Change The Way You Look At Our World”

How does the name you give a child affect what other people think about them? What do weather patterns have to do with our thoughts, feelings, and actions? Science speaker Adam Alter has the answers—and they're all contained in his fascinating new book Drunk Tank Pink: And Other Unexpected Forces That Shape How We Think, […]

Does Free Will Exist? David Eagleman Discusses Human Nature In TIME

“Under certain circumstances it might be useful to drop the question of free will and just assume that people are not at all the same on the inside,” science speaker David Eagleman says in a new interview in TIME.  “For example, if you were to look at Ted Bundy and say, well, I use my […]

Traditional Cultures Are Like Experiments In Human Society: Jared Diamond [VIDEO]

In a short new segment with Bookworld, Jared Diamond provides an overview of the scope and tone of his new bestseller, The World Until Yesterday. The book, he explains, creates a framework for looking at what small, traditional societies can teach us in the industrialized world. “[These societies] are like thousands of different experiments in […]

Obama’s Brain Activity Map Is a Good Investment: David Eagleman, NYT Op-Ed

In a New York Times Op-Ed, neuroscience speaker David Eagleman says that when it comes to what we know about our brains, we've barely scratched the surface. That's why he believes that President Obama's plan to pour a cool $3 billion into neuroscience research will be a valuable investment. The initiative, known as the Brain Activity Map […]

Make Solo Living More Financially Feasible: Eric Klinenberg In The Economist

Some people believe that the rise in solo living points to the decaying of civil society. Eric Klinenberg, author of the breakthrough book Going Solo, disagrees. In fact, he argues that more people are choosing to live alone than ever before—and they're enjoying the independence that comes along with it. The Economist recently profiled Klinenberg's […]

Local, Sustainable Eating Isn’t A Fad: Bryant Terry In The New Scion Ad

Chef and health speaker Bryant Terry is passionate about food. Considering the Scion iQ's tag line says it's a vehicle “made for people who are driven to follow their passions,” it's no wonder the car company chose Terry as the face of their new campaign. In the new ad, Terry is seen popping in and […]

The Boomer Revolution: Jeremy Gutsche Gets Into Their Heads In A New Doc

Innovation speaker Jeremy Gutsche wants you to understand the mindset of the baby boomer. Considering there were 8.2 million babies born during the baby boom, and these people now account for 2/3 of consumer spending—it's probably in your best interest to get inside their heads. In a new documentary from Dreamfilm Productions, Gutsche tells you […]

Embracing Aboriginal Traditions & Community: Waneek Horn-Miller

As one of North America's most inspiring Native speakers, Waneek Horn-Miller is proud of her heritage and is highly involved in the aboriginal community. She recently signed on with the Manitobah Mukluks company to be the brand ambassador for the traditional, Canadian-made footwear. “This is a success story,” Waneek Horn-Miller says of the Manitobah Mukluks company […]

Jared Diamond: Traditional Societies Are Multilingual & We Should Be Too

There is a common misconception that the so-called “primitive” societies in the world have little to teach us. But as Jared Diamond explains in a recent interview with NPR, we still have much to learn from the people living in these hunter-gatherer tribes. This is also a major theme in his new book, The World […]

David Eagleman: Mental Illness Is Real—And It’s Important We Understand It

In the wake of the the tragic shootings that took place last week at Sandy Hook Elementary in Newtown, Connecticut, trusted neuroscientist David Eagleman says that it is important that we, “prioritize our national discussion of mental illness,” now more than ever. “I suggest we take this tragedy as a wake-up call about how we […]

The Mighty Microbe: Nathan Wolfe’s National Geographic Cover Story

“I’ve come to think of air as the medium for the next pandemic rather than the means to sustain life,” Nathan Wolfe decrees in a new article in National Geographic. “But breathe easy: Most of the microbes in the air do us little or no harm, and some almost certainly do us good. The truth […]

Adam Alter: Small Environmental Cues Can Change How We Behave

The Lavin Agency is pleased to welcome our new exclusive speaker, Adam Alter. At NYU’s Psychology Department and Stern School of Business, Alter researches how external influences—such as the weather, geography, colors and location—have a deep impact on our consciousness. His forthcoming book, Drunk Tank Pink, focuses on the intersection between the psychology of judgement […]

The Invisible World of Microbes: TED Fellow Jessica Green [VIDEO]

New Lavin speaker and TED Senior Fellow Jessica Green is showing us the amazing and important role microbes play in our everyday lives—in our bodies, our forests, and even our buildings—and she's doing it in visually stunning ways. A Professor at both the University of Oregon and the Santa Fe Institute, Green uses art, animation, […]

David Lavin: Why Some Top Speakers Shouldn’t Be Giving Keynotes

“There’s no shortage of people who want to make thousands of dollars an hour giving speeches,” David Lavin, the president of the Lavin Agency speakers bureau, told Post Media recently. However, he laments, “there’s a shortage of people who should.” As the forthright CEO of a top speakers bureau who has worked in the business […]

Bryant Terry Cooks Up Savory, Diplomatic Dishes With The American Chef Corps.

Lavin speaker and food justice advocate Bryant Terry has been selected as one of less than 100 chefs to be inducted into the newly formed American Chef Corps. program. The Chef Corps. is a prestigious group of top-rated chefs who will prepare dishes promoting diplomatic exchanges. The program hopes to unite people around the world through an […]

Chuck Klosterman is the New Ethicist at The New York Times

Pop culture speaker Chuck Klosterman has taken over the coveted Ethicist role at The New York Times Magazine. Klosterman, who has been called “the new Hunter S. Thompson” by People, also writes for Grantland, and he previously wrote columns for SPIN and Esquire, home of “Chuck Klosterman’s America.” So, what makes someone qualified to give […]

First Look at Jared Diamond’s New Book, The World Until Yesterday

The Lavin Agency is pleased to offer a first glimpse of the major new book from Dr. Jared Diamond—the Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Guns, Germs, and Steel, and a scientist who doesn’t shy away from examining the big questions about human civilization. Called The World Until Yesterday: What Can We Learn from Traditional Societies, Diamond’s […]

Jared Diamond: The Internet Destroys (& Saves) Endangered Languages

At a recent keynote, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Jared Diamond warned that 6,800 of the world’s 7,000 languages are expected to go extinct in under 100 years—and technology is playing a big role in both their extinction and preservation. MediaBistro posted a short piece on the talk, highlighting choice insights from “L.A's favorite geography and philosophy […]

Nathan Wolfe: Envisioning a Different Approach to Pandemic Control

If you've got a pandemic on your hands, the person you'll want on your side is Nathan Wolfe. The founder of the Global Viral Forecasting Initiative knows his way around contagions. In fact, he was a consultant on the recent #1 film Contagion, which deals with a fictional virus that's handled in real-world terms. Writing […]

Nathan Wolfe At TED: Connectivity is a Solution to Pandemics

Virus hunter, and acclaimed biologist Nathan Wolfe takes us on a tour of 7 million years of pandemic history in a newly posted TEDMED video. In just a few minutes he expertly highlights the major shifts and major solutions surrounding the current and future battle against viral illnesses. Wolfe illustrates how human evolution has made […]

David Eagleman: Why Our Legal System Needs Neuroscience

In an article in today’s Daily Telegraph, David Eagleman — acclaimed neuroscientist and author of Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain — tackled the issue of neuroscience and its role in the legal system. The central issue lies with the assumption that all people are “practical reasoners” (meaning they will act in their best […]