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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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George M. Johnson

New York Times Bestselling Author Of All Boys Aren’t Blue & We Are Not Broken | LGBTQIA+ Activist

Storytelling isn’t just a form of entertainment—for George M. Johnson, whose body of work on diversity and queer identity inspires millions of readers across the world to “be themselves unapologetically,” writing has the power to change lives. Their New York Times Bestselling memoir All Boys Aren’t Blue, a powerful recounting of George’s adolescence growing up as a young Black Queer boy in New Jersey, was optioned for television by Gabrielle Union and Sony TV, and called “an exuberant, unapologetic memoir infused with a deep but cleareyed love for its subjects” by the New York Times.
Hua Hsu

Bestselling author of Stay True | New Yorker staff writer | CBS Sunday Morning contributor

Our collective and individual identities are messy, amorphous, and impossible to define—but New Yorker writer and bestselling author Hua Hsu says that’s a good thing. Telling our own complex stories complicates the narratives that are told about us, and opens up new worlds of possibility. Hua’s memoir Stay True—which turned him into a “literary phenomenon” (The New York Times)—touches on the immigrant experience and growing up Asian-American; but more than that, it’s an exploration of grief, pop culture, being young, and how friendship helps us discover who we are.
Anand Giridharadas

Internationally bestselling author of Winners Take All and The Persuaders | Former New York Times foreign correspondent | MSNBC political analyst

It feels harder than ever to change others’ minds. But in our democracies, organizations, and families, changing minds is the only way to change things. Award-winning, internationally bestselling author Anand Giridharadas has long reported on change makers, and he shares with audiences the new art of persuasion. Real change, he argues, starts with standing up for our beliefs, not compromising on them—and not asking others to compromise theirs—while getting much better at connecting and communicating with those who disagree with us (at least right now). In his New York Times bestseller The Persuaders, Anand shows us how to use the art of persuasion to find hope, build stronger teams, and make change at every level.
Jamie Fiore Higgins

Former Goldman Sachs Managing Director | Author of Bully Market | Life coach

It has never been more essential to build a healthy workplace culture, ensuring that everyone in our organizations can thrive and contribute to their full potential. Over 18 years at Goldman Sachs, Jamie Fiore Higgins climbed the ranks to become a Managing Director, one of the most elusive roles on Wall Street. It gave her firsthand experience in what it takes to change the culture and break out of the status quo. As the author of Bully Market, Jamie shows us how to spot the signs of an unhealthy workplace, promote inclusion and diversity, and create workplaces that we want to be a part of.
James Kirchick

Author of instant New York Times bestseller Secret City | Tablet Magazine columnist | Award-winning journalist

No one is too ordinary to change the world. The biggest social revolution of our time—the transformation of gay people from oppressed minority to equal members of society—was brought about not only by public activists, but also by the quiet, tireless work of gay people behind the scenes. Award-winning journalist and essayist James Kirchick chronicles the sweeping history of this positive change, highlighting the stories of unsung gay heroes, in his instant New York Times bestseller Secret City.
Tracy Dennis-Tiwary

Bestselling author of Future Tense | Clinical psychologist and researcher | Digital health technology entrepreneur

With stress and burnout spiking, many of us believe that our lives would be better if only we were less anxious. But Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary says our anxiety is actually good for us, even though it feels bad. Anxiety helps us focus, create, and plan. As a clinical psychologist and author of Future Tense, Tracy provides a radical new framework for managing this misunderstood emotion and using it to our advantage. “When we stop rejecting anxiety,” she says, “we will be better able to channel it, manage it, and use it to prioritize what matters to us in life.”
Caitlan Maggs

Former Cirque du Soleil Artistic Head Coach

Cirque du Soleil is one of the world’s most famously creative companies. For two fast-paced decades, Caitlan Maggs served as Cirque’s Artistic Head Coach, working on nearly every groundbreaking show from 2000 to 2020. To Caitlan, creativity is the engine behind every thriving organization—and, best of all, it’s not an innate talent reserved only for artists. It’s a broad skillset that anyone, in any industry, can learn.
Cas Holman

Award-winning toy designer of the world-renowned Rigamajig | Founder and principal designer at toy company Heroes Will Rise

Play isn’t just for kids. For world-renowned toy designer Cas Holman, play is the spark that boosts our creativity and imagination throughout our lives. Featured in the award-winning Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design, Cas teaches us that the process of playing empowers us to learn without fear of failure, challenges us to find new solutions and ways of thinking, and inspires us to work together towards revolutionary innovation.
Michael Norton

Harvard Business School professor and researcher on the power of rituals | Co-author of Happy Money

From pre-game traditions to team-building exercises, rituals are intertwined in every facet of our lives. Harvard Business School professor Michael Norton, author of the forthcoming book The Ritual Effect, proves that rituals can help us in our everyday lives: from eating healthy to building connections to staying calm before a big presentation. Michael helps us harness the power of rituals to build stronger teams, improve our mental health, and find meaning in every aspect of our lives.