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New Speakers 


At Lavin, we are serious about which keynote speakers we put up on our site. That said, we are always adding select new voices. This next wave of business speakers is tackling tomorrow’s challenges, starting today.


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Greg Hoffman

Nike's Former Chief Marketing Officer

As the former Chief Marketing Officer at Nike, Greg Hoffman stood at the helm of one of the world’s most innovative companies as they redefined the meaning of brand authenticity. Under his creative leadership, Nike drove themes of equality, sustainability, and empowerment through sport—inspired, in part, by Hoffman’s role as a leader of the Nike Black Employee network. In timely and engaging talks, Hoffman reveals how we can cultivate a diverse and creative culture in our organizations; build an enduring brand legacy through the power of storytelling; and leave a positive cultural impact.


Sukhinder Singh Cassidy

Founder of theBoardlist | Former President of StubHub | Author of Choose Possibility (Forthcoming)

Sukhinder Singh Cassidy is one of the most well-respected female tech executives in Silicon Valley. She’s served as president of StubHub, helped scale companies like Google and Amazon, and founded theBoardlist: a premium talent marketplace for diverse leaders. But despite her success, her path hasn’t always been linear. In her new book Choose Possibility, Singh Cassidy reveals the poor choices, misfires, and unexpected headwinds she’s encountered along her path—providing a thoughtful new perspective on risk-taking: what it is, what it isn’t, and how to master it to achieve lasting success.
Dr. Kristin Neff

Author of Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself | Co-founder of the Center for Mindful Self-Compassion

Dr. Kristin Neff is a pioneer in the field of inner strength training and self-compassion—the first to empirically study the concepts and create a simple, actionable guide proven to increase motivation, boost resiliance, and improve mental health. Our society teaches us that self-compassion is the enemy of productivity, when in fact, the opposite is true—and in the midst of a global pandemic, when near catastrophic burnout is threatening the happiness, success, and productivity of us all, we need self-compassion more than ever.
Nic Stone

#1 New York Times bestselling author of Dear Martin and Dear Justyce

Acclaimed YA author Nic Stone is inspiring the next generation of social activists with her vivid and painfully timely novels. Her debut Dear Martin—a #1 New York Times bestseller taught in classrooms across the country—and its stunning sequel Dear Justyce, defly explore themes of oppression, liberation, and race relations in America. Stone counts The Hate U Give author Angie Thomas among her many fans, calling Dear Martin a “must-read” and Stone’s writing “honest and gut-wrenching.” Stone’s oeuvre, which includes a Marvel series, enlightens her down-to-earth talks—leaving audiences empowered with the tools they’ll need in the fight for an antiracist society.
Jason Feifer

Editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur | Author of Build for Tomorrow, Not for Yesterday (Forthcoming)

The world has never been in a greater period of change. It’s an exciting time, offering opportunities for innovation, shifts in culture, and a general reevaluation of the way we live. Unfortunately, many people will miss out on the benefits of change because they feel threatened. As the editor-in-chief of Entrepreneur and author of the upcoming book Build for Tomorrow, Not for Yesterday, Jason Feifer has a unique window into the most innovative minds of today. In keynotes that will electrify and inspire any audience, he teaches us how to counter our primal fear of change by getting us excited about its possibilities.
Dr. Lisa D. Cook

Michigan State University Professor of Economics and International Relations

Dr. Lisa D. Cook has studied all the different ways that the innovation economy—schools, companies and organizations specializing in STEM—has created policies, procedures, and systems which undermine innovation initiatives and cost the US economy a staggering $1 trillion per year. How do we get more ideas out of the economy? Dr. Cook says you start by asking a different set of questions.
Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman

Co-Founder of The Sadie Collective | Researcher and Speaker on Diversity and the Future of Work

Economists have been answering questions that shape our world for centuries. Unfortunately, Black women have historically been excluded from the profession, absent among the decision-makers who bear incredible power over the world’s economy. Working hard to address the diversity problem in the field is Anna Gifty Opoku-Agyeman: the co-founder of the only non-profit organization tackling the pipeline and pathway problem for Black women in economics, finance, and policy. In her eye-opening talks, she reveals how empowering Black women is an essential step in creating economic agency for everyone.  
Alexandra Samuel

Tech writer and data journalist | Author of Remote Inc.

In the realm of business, COVID-19 has meant a dramatic shift in the way we work—from the time-honored tradition of the office, into the “new normal” of working from home. Alexandra Samuel is a technology strategist, data journalist, and author who has spent much of her twenty-five year career as a remote worker. In her upcoming book, Remote Inc., she uses her wealth of personal experience to help us find a new approach to working in the modern age. Her must-listen talks show us how to thrive outside the office, using the entrepreneurial mindset and habits of remote professionals.  
Danny Southwick

UPenn Psychology PHD | GRIT Expert | NFL Draft Pick | MBA

Danny Southwick isn’t your typical psychologist: he’s an MBA, a former NFL draft pick, and, having studied under Angela Duckworth, an expert on the role of grit in driving successful organizations—more than creating a culture of committed and authentic resilience, organizations need to be aware of the way they talk about grit, how they define success, and specifically, how they use the word talent. These semantic adjustments says Southwick, are the difference between winning and losing the 21st century. 
James Nestor

New York Times bestselling author of Breath

Even before the pandemic hit, rates of workplace stress were on the rise. Add to that anxiety about finances, job security, and health, and you’re left with millions of people feeling burned out. Reminders to “breathe” during a time of such uncertainty run the risk of sounding banal. But according to science journalist James Nestor, it’s actually the key to transforming our lives—more than diet, sleep, or exercise. In his instant New York Times bestseller Breath as well as his talks, Nestor shows us how even slight adjustments to our breathing can profoundly improve our well-being.
Ethan Kross

Leading Expert on the Conscious Mind | Author of Chatter

Tell a stranger that you talk to yourself, and you’re likely to be written off as eccentric—but the truth is, we all have a voice in our head. When we talk to ourselves, we hope to tap into our inner coach, but unfortunately, we often find our inner critic instead. Ethan Kross, an award-winning psychologist and the author of Chatter, is a leading expert on controlling the conscious mind. In his talks, he helps us harness the hidden power of our inner voice and use it to live healthier, more satisfying, and more productive lives.
Kathleen Belew

Historian and Author of Bring the War Home

 The white power movement in America wants a revolution. Its soldiers are not lone wolves, but highly organized cadres motivated by a coherent and deeply troubling worldview made up of white supremacy, virulent anticommunism, and apocalyptic faith. Historian and author of Bring the War Home, Kathleen Belew gives us the history of this movement, which consolidated decades ago and is resurging once more. Her talks reveal how, with sustained attention to the white supremacist violence of our past, we can avoid future attacks to our democracy.
Fred Dust

Author of Making Conversation and Former Global Managing Partner at IDEO

As a former Global Managing Partner at the acclaimed international design firm IDEO, Fred Dust is one of the world’s most original thinkers, specializing in unlocking and empowering the creative potential of any organization. Using the methodology in his hotly anticipated new book Making Conversation, he leads the charge to rebuild human connection in a climate of widespread polarization, cynicism, and disruption. Supplying the road map to optimize our conversations to be the most productive and solutions-oriented they can be, Dust shows us how to stop talking past each other, and start talking to each other.