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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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Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman

Father of Positive Psychology | Director of the Penn Positive Psychology Center | Bestselling Author

No one wants a life that’s just good—we want to flourish in our careers and feel deeply satisfied with our accomplishments. Psychology has the power to make happy people even happier, says Father of Positive Psychology Dr. Martin E.P. Seligman. Named by Academic Influence as the single most influential psychologist alive today, Martin draws on more than forty years of clinical research to show us how optimism enhances our quality of life, and how anyone can learn to practice it.
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.
Greg Hoffman

Nike's Former Chief Marketing Officer | Author of Emotion by Design

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.


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.”
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.
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.
Mary Ziegler

Leading Authority On The Legal History Of American Reproductive Rights | Author Of Beyond Abortion And Dollars For Life

This is a crucial moment in our democracy: our courts and politics are divided, and the binding trust that we place in our institutions is fast eroding. But historian Mary Ziegler says that we can move beyond polarization—we can achieve a better dialogue and fairer future for all. Widely hailed as a nonpartisan authority on the Constitution and the legal history of reproductive rights, Mary is a professor at UC Davis School of Law, the author of four acclaimed books, and a frequent contributor to the New York Times and The Atlantic.
Kate Crawford

Professor, author of ATLAS OF AI, and leading scholar of AI and society

Artificial intelligence may seem abstract, but it's urgent that we understand how it's working - and failing - in everyday life. Kate Crawford, a world-leading scholar in the field, says that although AI can be used to exploit people and resources, we can still regain control and lay the foundation for a better, more equitable world. Kate has advised policymakers from the White House to the United Nations, and in her award-winning book Atlas of AI, she maps out the landscape and future of AI to help us see the full impacts of this fast-developing field.
Michelle Coles

Civil Rights Attorney | Award-Winning Author of Black Was the Ink | Former attorney at the U.S. Department of Justice

Can the stories of unsung Black heroes inspire the next generation of leaders? Michelle Coles is uniquely suited to answer this question. She bridges our past and our hoped-for future: a civil rights attorney with a focus on social justice, she’s also written an award-winning YA novel that sheds light on the heroic but forgotten contributions of Black Americans who fought alongside White allies to make the promise of American democracy real for all. Michelle “sensitively explores what it means to care about something, fight for something, and effect lasting change (Booklist).” 
Cassie Holmes

Expert in Behavioral Decision-Making | Author of Happier Hour | UCLA Professor

How do we increase our creativity, happiness, and ability to pay attention? We never seem to have enough time to do it all, but Cassie Holmes says that time isn’t only a challenge—it’s the solution. Cassie—professor of Behavioral Decision Making at UCLA and one of the Best 40 Business Professors Under 40—is the author of Happier Hour. This highly-anticipated book, which New York Times bestselling author Angela Duckworth called “terrific advice from one of my favorite scientists”, is a practical and enlightening guide to how we can take control of time and wisely use this precious resource to make our lives brighter and happier.