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exclusives | Aug 12th, 2016

Lavin Weekly #50(!): Holiday, Samuel, Ibbitson, & Milkman

1. Trump Is Not the Way: Ryan Holiday’s Open Letter to His Father   In The Huffington Post, Ego Is the Enemy author Ryan Holiday has a simple plea for his dad: “Please don’t vote for Donald Trump.” Holiday cites the lessons his father taught him as a young man—embrace diversity, eschew prejudice... Continue Reading →
activism | Aug 11th, 2016

More than Miss World Canada: Introducing New Speaker Anastasia Lin

In 2015, actress and human rights activist Anastasia Lin entered the Miss World Canada pageant and won. Her next stop would have been Miss World 2015, held that year in China. But in an unprecedented move, Chinese officials declared her persona non grata and denied her visa request. The reason? Lin... Continue Reading →
the 12th floor | Aug 11th, 2016

The 12th Floor: Meet Amy from the Toronto Office

In The 12th Floor series, Lavin’s Spencer Gordon interviews the many amazing people who make up the team here at our head office in Toronto, Canada. The Lavin Agency relies on its creative, intelligent, and passionate staff to represent its roster of world-changing speakers. Here you’ll get a... Continue Reading →
authors | Aug 10th, 2016

Teju Cole’s Known and Strange Things Gets Glowing Review in NYT

Yesterday (August 9), Teju Cole released his third full-length book, the essay anthology Known and Strange Things, and already it’s being hailed as exceptional. In The New York Times, Claudia Rankine has written an extensive and detailed review, concluding that “On every level of engagement and... Continue Reading →
diversity & race | Aug 10th, 2016

Exclusive: Author Rich Benjamin’s Thoughts on Obama’s Feminist Essay

In a landmark article for Glamour released last Thursday, President Obama became the first US president to declare himself a feminist. And while he notes with pride the progress we’ve made towards gender equality—not just in the past century, but even during his eight-year run—he’s also insistent... Continue Reading →
social change | Aug 9th, 2016

Flint is Family: LaToya Ruby Frazier’s New Project Featured in Elle

Visual artist, TED Fellow, and MacArthur grant recipient LaToya Ruby Frazier has embarked on a new project, Flint is Family, which is the subject of a stellar five-part feature in Elle.com and a 10-page feature in Elle’s September issue. Much like 2014’s groundbreaking The Notion of Family, her new... Continue Reading →
exclusives | Aug 8th, 2016

What Are You Reading? Drew Dudley, Jonathan Fader, & Wajahat Ali Talk Books

What are the ideas and voices informing our most exciting keynote speakers? This week, we reached out to three of our roster—diversity speaker Wajahat Ali, performance psychologist (and author of Life as Sport) Jonathan Fader, and leadership speaker Drew Dudley—and asked them a simple question:... Continue Reading →
exclusives | Aug 5th, 2016

Lavin Weekly #49: Lewis, Bacevich, Papagiannis, & Zweig

1. Sarah Lewis’s “Vision & Justice” Is Sold Out—Here’s Why    Sarah Lewis’s guest-edited Aperture issue “Vision & Justice” continues to rake in the positive press, and for good reason. In David Brooks’s recent NYT op-ed “How Artists Change the World”—an ode to famed abolitionist Frederick... Continue Reading →
digital | Aug 4th, 2016

Insights from Twitter: (Re)Introducing Speaker Kirstine Stewart

Now wrapping up her storied run as Twitter’s VP, North American Partnerships, speaker Kirstine Stewart is once again available for bookings! Stewart is one of Canada’s most prominent business figures, having also held positions as Twitter’s Managing Director, Head of Twitter Canada, and Executive... Continue Reading →
politics | Aug 2nd, 2016

Trump Roundup: Ali, Fallows, & Francis

The Donald Trump-Ghazala Khan saga has evolved once again. Khan, the mother of slain U.S. military captain Humayun Khan, came under fire from Trump after remaining silent while her husband spoke at last week’s Democratic National Convention. “If you look at his wife, she was standing there,” Trump... Continue Reading →
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