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lavin weekly | Mar 10th, 2017

Lavin Weekly: Atwood on The Handmaid’s Tale, Bazelon on Threats to American Justice, & Halpern on a New Underground Railroad

The US is locked in a partisan thumb war, the media makes its own news, and systems of justice seem increasingly vulnerable to interior threat. This past week, three formidable thinkers from the Lavin roster spoke out on issues affecting us domestically and abroad. 1.) “Department of Justification... Continue Reading →
leadership | Mar 8th, 2017

Major MJ Hegar Discusses Shoot Like a Girl on NPR’s Fresh Air and CBS This Morning

Purple Heart-decorated Major MJ Hegar steered her Medevac helicopter to safety after taking a bullet in the arm behind enemy lines. In the newly-released memoir Shoot Like a Girl, Hegar tells how she then won a historic lawsuit, transforming the role of women in the military forever. Soldier,... Continue Reading →
psychology | Mar 7th, 2017

Adam Alter’s Irresistible Is Now Available: Here’s What People Are Saying

We can’t get enough positive feedback, says social psychologist Adam Alter. Technology, the Internet, and the attractions contained therein provide a powerful—even addictive—grip upon us.  Whether it’s an iPad, Kindle, or Galaxy S8, all of us have a weapon of choice. The question is, at what point... Continue Reading →
psychology | Mar 3rd, 2017

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’... Continue Reading →
ritu bhasin | Mar 2nd, 2017

The Key to a Diverse, Happy, Productive Workplace? It’s Authenticity, Says Ritu Bhasin

What happens when we bring our whole selves to work—our true, unfiltered identities, without fear of judgment or reproach? To Ritu Bhasin, diversity and inclusion expert, empowering people to be their authentic selves means building healthier relationships and more productive companies. Ask... Continue Reading →
leadership | Feb 22nd, 2017

How Fire Chief Darby Allen Guided Fort McMurray Through the Costliest Disaster, and Largest Evacuation, in Canadian History

How can you be your best, most resilient self when faced with a crisis? Fire chief Darby Allen—known as the human face of the Fort McMurray wildfires of 2016, Canada’s costliest natural disaster—draws on his long career to show how to be a stoic, quick-thinking leader in tough situations.  During... Continue Reading →
politics | Feb 16th, 2017

“He’s Created His Own Ecosystem.” The Lavin Interview with Mark Leibovich: On Trump and Political Disruption

Mark Leibovich’s trenchant take on the elite world of Washington politics—the major and minor players, the whole gilded institution—has earned him the #1 spot on the bestseller list (for This Town) and won him praise as “the reigning master of the political profile” (Washingtonian magazine). One of... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Feb 2nd, 2017

“A Call for Creative Courage”: Four Muslim Speakers on Fighting Islamophobia

What does it mean to be a Muslim in America—or in the world—today? And what will life look like in the wake of Trump’s travel ban on seven Muslim-majority countries? Below are four Muslim speakers—a stand-up comic, a New York Times op-ed writer, a halal butcher, and a #1 bestselling author—who... Continue Reading →
u.s. politics | Jan 30th, 2017

Kal Penn Raises Half a Million (and Counting) in Just Two Days for Syrian Refugees

Since being the target of a xenophobic Twitter comment, speaker Kal Penn has crowdsourced more than half a million dollars in support of Syrian refugees. The actor and former Obama staffer sought to raise $1500, but eclipsed the quarter-million mark in 24 hours—and the donations are still pouring... Continue Reading →
marketing | Jan 27th, 2017

Nothing Just ‘Goes Viral’: Watch the New Trailers for Derek Thompson’s Hit Makers

There’s a hidden history to every smash success—a web of economics, psychology, and desire that holds our attention. In these new videos, Atlantic senior editor Derek Thompson reveals fascinating insights from his new, groundbreaking study of how culture gets made, Hit Makers. How Did the... Continue Reading →
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