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Surviving COVID-19

COVID-19 has radically changed the social and economic systems we all depend on. For many, this has been an unsettling, disruptive and alarming transition. But there are also hopeful signs for the future. These Lavin Speakers will help you manage the sweeping changes to work and home life, keep you up to date with important health and social issues, and maintain your physical and mental wellbeing as we navigate this new era, together.

Surviving COVID-19
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Jeremy Gutsche

CEO of Trend Hunter | New York Times Bestselling Author of Create the Future

The sudden chaos and disruption of COVID-19 has destroyed countless businesses. How can you make sure yours adapts, innovates, and survives? Enter Jeremy Gutsche: New York Times bestselling business author, and trusted consultant to brands, billionaires, and CEOs around the world. Armed with razor-sharp instincts and data-driven frameworks, Gutsche is a sage business guide—leading companies of all sizes through to the other side of this disruption.  
Dr. Jennifer Gardy

Deputy Director of Surveillance, Data & Epidemiology for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Scientists and epidemiologists have been warning us for decades about the dangers of pandemics if we don’t invest in public health. Unfortunately, global leaders chose not to heed their call, and today COVID-19 has shown us the tragic cost of being ill-prepared. In the wake of the pandemic and the lessons we've learned from it, Jennifer Gardy—the Deputy Director of Surveillance, Data, and Epidemiology for the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation—outlines her vision for a 21st century form of public health.
Abdul El-Sayed

Author of Healing Politics | Former Public Health Commissioner of Detroit

Dr. Abdul El-Sayed made history when he became the youngest public health official in a major American city, ever. Today, not only is he a leading epidemiologist; he also hosts the popular podcast America Dissected,  and is the author of an important new book, Healing Politics. An advocate for infusing public health and education with social justice, El-Sayed reignites a sense of what matters in a nation facing the Coronavirus.
Ashton Applewhite

Anti-Ageism Activist | Author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

The early messaging around the pandemic claimed the virus would “only” infect the old and the ill—a message that was not only wrong, but also dangerous and irresponsible. “That is the lethal, global impact of ageism and ableism,” says activist Ashton Applewhite. As organizations from the World Economic Forum to the World Health Organization take note, Applewhite uses the lessons of the pandemic to confront the ageism and ableism that have always been present, and imagines a more equitable future for all.
Stephanie Mehta

Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company | Former Deputy Editor at Vanity Fair

As businesses begin to reopen, there is a lot of talk about “the new normal.” Yet, the greatest innovators in design, technology, and workplace leadership are actually thinking about the next normal—a world in which flexibility and resilience reign supreme. Fast Company editor-in-chief Stephanie Mehta speaks to the the diverse group of leaders who are defining the workplace after tomorrow, to discover how it will help businesses deal with future disruptions.
Ajay Agrawal

Artificial Intelligence Expert and Founder of the Creative Destruction Lab

Now that the world has experienced the impact of a global pandemic, companies must plan for a recovery strategy. But they can’t just plan for things to return to business-as-usual. Economist and strategic professor Ajay Agrawal provides leaderships teams and management groups with insight on how to prepare for their future in a post-COVID-19 world.
Naomi Klein

Author of On Fire, No Is Not Enough, This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine, & No Logo

In times of crisis, seeingly impossible ideas suddenly become possible. In this talk, New York Times bestselling author and activist Naomi Klein reveals how the ongoing coronavirus crisis is helping us reimagine what’s possible—for better, and for worse. Klein shows us how we can come together and float these new radical ideas to the top—helping us get out of the current crisis, as well as preventing future ones.
Amber Mac

Digital Innovation Speaker | Co-Host of Marketing Disrupted and The AI Effect

One of the most pressing questions on everyone’s lips amid the coronavirus pandemic is what will the future of work look like? It certaintly won’t be business-as-usual, but there are many scenarios that could happen. Here to dispel fact from fiction is seasoned tech reporter Amber Mac, who says that as more and more businesses embrace a decentralized work model, leaders who have dragged their feet on new technologies will be forced to implement it rapidly. In her eye-opening talk, Mac offers invaluable tools for preparing the workplace for a post-COVID future.
David Sax

Author of The Soul of an Entrepreneur and The Revenge of Analog

COVID-19 has hit small businesses and entrepreneurs especially hard, that’s undeniable. But it’s also underscored their importance in our lives and communities. We need entrepreneurs now more than ever, says award-winning journalist David Sax. In his new book The Soul of an Entrepreneur, as well as in his new talk, Sax uses the lessons of entrepreneurial resilience, creativity, and ingenuity in a crisis, to help us rebuild and move forward.
Sarah Kaplan

Director, Institute for Gender and the Economy at Rotman School of Management | Author of The 360° Corporation

What a difference a crisis makes. COVID-19 has shed light on the deep fractures in our economy—and there’s no going back to normal from here. Instead, we must do what Rotman professor Sarah Kaplan refers to as “build back better.” From radically redesigning the workforce for the 21st century, to overhauling corporate strategy and governance, she reveals why the socially responsible approach is key for business survival in a post-pandemic world.
Doug Stephens

Retail and Consumer Futurist

Bestselling author and founder of the global consultancy Retail Prophet, Doug Stephens provides an incisive look into the future of retail in a post-COVID-19 world. What does this all mean going forward for physical retail? How will digital commerce evolve? The most critical questions will be answered by one of the industry’s foremost experts.
Jay Van Bavel

Professor of Psychology and Neural Science at NYU

While scientists are in a race against the clock developing a coronavirus vaccine, the best defense we currently have at our disposal relies on human behavior like mask-wearing, hand-washing, and physical distancing. Businesses reopening know it’s in their best interest to ensure customers and staff follow the guidelines outlined by public health experts. But how? In his evidence-based talk, NYU professor Jay Van Bavel uses behavioral science to help leaders foster trust, communicate effectively, and create a company culture that promotes safety and well-being.
Jonathan Brill

Global Futurist at HP | Innovation Expert

As the Global Futurist at HP, Jonathan Brill considers the social, economic, political, and technological shifts affecting the market of tomorrow. What impact does a global pandemic such as the coronavirus, and its numerous implications, have on our organizations? With passion and clarity, Brill show us how to radically innovate our organizational architechture and swiftly respond to the trends shaping the future.
Alex Kantrowitz

Reporter and Founder of Big Technology | Author of Always Day One

The businesses that will survive this economic crisis will be the ones that place reinvention at the center of everything they do, says investigative tech reporter Alex Kantrowitz. The author of Always Day Onea stunning deep-dive into the leadership cultures at Google, Facebook, Amazon, and MicrosoftKantrowitz shows us how we can adopt the best-practices of the tech titans, and learn how to adapt, innovate, and pivot under pressure.
David Eagleman

One of the World’s Foremost Neuroscientists | Host of PBS’s The Brain

Our brains spend years building a model of the outside world. But what happens when that model breaks down? In this fascinating talk, Stanford neuroscientist David Eagleman answers the questions we’re all wondering during self-isolation. He explores practical tips for how to manage these uncertain times from a neuroscience point of view.
Daniel Lerner

Positive Psychologist | Instructor of NYU’S “The Science of Happiness”

Whether it’s the way we learn, work, or connect with each other—it’s clear that everything has been transformed in the wake of the pandemic. But the thing that interests Dan Lerner the most is the way it’s changing our prespective on something essential: our wellbeing. With his signature high-energy brand of storytelling, Lerner offers us simple yet powerful insights as to how we can make sense of this tragedy, maintain hope, and care for ourselves and each other.
Adam Alter

New York Times Bestselling Author of Drunk Tank Pink and Irresistible

Thanks to COVID-19, physical stores have been forced to close—meaning that many brands have all but lost the human element of their business. Marketing expert Adam Alter explores how brands will have to  reform to reflect the currently enormous, life-altering changes. Compelling and informative, Alter uses behavioural psychology to help brands maintain, and even build, the consumer relationship they need to survive.
Michael Landsberg

Mental Health Speaker | Founder of #SickNotWeak

The social isolation measures that have risen in response to  COVID-19 pose a serious threat to our mental health and well-being. In his new program Isolation Nation, Michael Landsberg speaks candidly about dealing with mental health struggles in the face of both a public health emergency and economic crisis. Having spoken to countless medical experts, thought leaders, and notable guests from the sports and entertainment world, Landsberg has a wealth of information to share with audiences still reeling from the pandemic. He does so with his signature wit in this must-listen talk that is equal parts motivating and educational. 
Marc L. Busch

Expert on International Trade Policy and Law

The coronavirus pandemic will have a devastating effect on trade, even beyond that of the financial crisis of 2008. In this urgent talk, Marc L. Busch ground abstract concepts in concrete reality. Whether it’s the next phase of the relationship between the U.S. and China, or the debate happening now around the World Trade Organization’s potential reform, he helps leaders understand what’s really at stake—and how to prepare.
Susan Pinker

Psychologist and Author of The Village Effect

How do we connect with each other when we can’t actually be together? Using the latest evidence from social psychology and social neuroscience, Susan Pinker explores the importance of social interaction: why we need it, what it does for our health, and how it affects our brains and our working relationships—laying out a plan for achieving real communication despite the distance.
Charles Montgomery

Urban Design Consultant and Author of Happy City

The coronavirus pandemic has been disorienting for city dwellers and city-makers. An eye-opening and vital talk, Charles Montgomery explores the post-pandemic city and helps us rethink our streets, our parks, our homes, and our institutions. But most importantly, he reveals that the foundation of our resilient future lies in the way we think about each other.