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Gender & Sexuality

 

The way we talk about sexuality is always in flux. Whether speaking on power and equality, biology and desire, or the ways we construct identity, Lavin’s gender and sexuality speakers are at the vanguard of public discussions of this most human of drives.

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Tarah Wheeler

Cybersecurity Expert | Author of Women in Tech

Cybersecurity can often seem like someone else’s problem—or job. But it’s time to wake up, says Tarah Wheeler. As one of America’s leading experts in keeping digital information secure, she offers raz...

Esther Perel

Psychotherapist and Expert on Personal Interaction

Esther Perel is a provocative speaker on the science of human interaction—how professional and personal relationships work. She consults Fortune 500 companies on creating harmony within and among team...

Susan Pinker

Psychologist and Author of The Village Effect and The Sexual Paradox

Psychologist and award-winning author Susan Pinker is a seasoned observer of modern communication and social contact. Whether writing on gender differences, as in The Sexual Paradox, or on why face-to...

Matthew Vines

Author of God and the Gay Christian

Matthew Vines is a gay Christian—and that’s no contradiction. He has also become a leading new voice on the Bible and homosexuality. His groundbreaking speech countering anti-gay interpretations of Sc...

Margot Lee Shetterly

Author of Hidden Figures: the #1 New York Times bestseller, and inspiration for the #1 movie.

Margot Lee Shetterly’s Hidden Figures—a #1 NYT bestseller and inspiration for the #1 movie in America—is the true story of the black women mathematicians at NASA who helped fuel some of America’s grea...

Minette Norman

VP of Engineering Practice, Autodesk | Speaker on Transformative Leadership

At Autodesk—a world leader in software tech—the most qualified person to lead 3,500 engineers and transform company culture isn’t yet another male engineer. It’s Minette Norman, a Liberal Arts major a...

Major MJ Hegar

Author of Shoot Like a Girl | Leadership Speaker | Foreign Policy 100 Leading Global Thinker

Major MJ Hegar is a hero twice over—a Purple Heart-decorated pilot, and the soldier who challenged a discriminatory military policy, winning women the right to serve on the front lines for the first t...

Gabby Rivera

Author of the New Marvel Comic Series America and Juliet Takes a Breath

Gabby Rivera is an outgoing, outspoken creator invested in fostering better dialogue, inspiring radical creativity, and improving our most vulnerable communities. The author of Juliet Takes a Breath, ...

Ellen Stofan

NASA’s Chief Scientist, 2013–2016

As the Chief Scientist for NASA, Ellen Stofan helped demolish barriers for women in science while working at the very frontiers of tech. In talks, she argues for greater diversity in the STEM fields, ...

Kate Bolick

Author of Spinster: Making a Life of One’s Own

Kate Bolick’s blockbuster Atlantic cover story, “All the Single Ladies,” drew over a million readers and inspired a heated debate on modern notions of romance, family, career, and success. Now, she pr...

Parvez Sharma

Award-Winning Filmmaker and Bestselling Author of A Jihad for Love and A Sinner in Mecca

Parvez Sharma makes fearless award-winning films and authors bestselling books about faith, identity, social justice and the world’s unfortunate right-ward spiral. A Jihad for Love was the world’s fir...

Ritu Bhasin

Speaker on Diversity & Inclusion, Women’s Advancement, Leadership, and Self-Empowerment | President bhasin consulting inc.

What happens when employees—who come from increasingly diverse backgrounds—hide their best selves at work? There is a bottom-line consequence: conformity spreads, innovation stagnates, and top talent ...

Jessica Carbino

Tinder’s Sociologist | Expert in Online Behavior

What can online dating tell us about behavior? Ask Jessica Carbino. As Tinder’s Sociologist—and one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People of 2017—she offers an unparalleled look at relationships, tec...

Marie Henein

One of Canada’s Most Distinguished Lawyers | Sr. Partner at Henein Hutchison LLP

Marie Henein is one of Canada’s most distinguished, smartest, and toughest defence lawyers; in fact, the National Post named her the “most high-profile criminal defence lawyer in the country.” She’s a...

Shachi Kurl

Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute

Where are we heading—culturally, politically, economically? As the Executive Director of the Angus Reid Institute, Shachi Kurl asks important questions and reveals what we really think about them. She...

Kirstine Stewart

Chief Strategy Officer, Diply GoViral | Twitter’s Former VP, North American Media Partnerships

One of Canada’s most high-profile women in business, Kirstine Stewart has worked as Twitter’s Managing Director, Head of Twitter Canada, and Twitter’s VP, North American Media Partnerships. A powerful...

Priyamvada Natarajan

Yale Astrophysicist | Author of Mapping the Heavens: The Radical Scientific Ideas That Reveal the Cosmos

Priyamvada Natarajan is a charismatic astrophysicist from Yale who takes audiences on a tour of the most stunning breakthroughs of recent cosmology. Her specialty? Dark matter, black holes, and nothin...

Kimberley Motley

First Foreign Litigator in Afghanistan, 2014 TED Speaker

Kimberley Motley is the only foreign litigator working in Afghanistan. Armed with an unwavering determination and a passion for justice, she navigates the country’s punitive and capricious legal syste...

Nadya Tolokonnikova

Human Rights Activist, Founding Member of Pussy Riot

As co-founder of Pussy Riot, Nadya Tolokonnikova spent two years in jail for performing an anti-Putin concert in a Moscow cathedral. Her imprisonment sparked global debate about freedom of expression ...

Judit Polgár

The Greatest Female Chess Player of All Time

Judit Polgár is widely recognized as the greatest female chess player of all time. At age 11, she beat her first Grandmaster. At 15, she became one, shattering Bobby Fischer’s previous record in the p...

Heather Payne

Founder of Ladies Learning Code and HackerYou

Why should we care about how technology really works? Why aren’t more women and youth learning how to code? Heather Payne is asking—and answering—these essential questions. Payne is the founder of Lad...

Stacey Allaster

Chairman and CEO of Women's Tennis Association (2009-15)

One of Forbes’ “Most Powerful Women in Sports,” Stacey Allaster was the Chairman and CEO of the Women’s Tennis Association from 2009–2015 and is now USTA Chief Executive for Professional Tennis. She b...

Leah Hunter

Fast Company Tech Writer, Author of Augmented Reality for the Industrial Enterprise

What does the future hold? Journalist and innovation speaker Leah Hunter is investigating just that. In her Fast Company articles and her new book Augmented Reality for the Industrial Enterprise, Hunt...

Maureen Chiquet

Former Global CEO of Chanel | Former President of Banana Republic

As Global CEO of Chanel—and, earlier, as President of Banana Republic—Maureen Chiquet steered global brands through a decade of disruption, and she did so with traditionally ‘feminine’ skills of empat...

Lynda Obst

One of Hollywood’s Most Successful Film and Television Producers

Lynda Obst is a Hollywood super-producer behind hits like Interstellar, Sleepless in Seattle, and Contact, and now the new critically acclaimed series Good Girls Revolt. She offers insights on the dra...

Molly Crabapple

Painter, Writer, and Author of Drawing Blood

Molly Crabapple is an artist and writer whose work has been described as “God’s own circus posters,” by Rolling Stone. Crabapple’s art engages injustice, subversiveness, and rebellion. The New York Ti...

Sue Gardner

Former Executive Director of Wikimedia Foundation

The former Executive Director of Wikimedia (which runs Wikipedia), Sue Gardner is one of a few women who has headed up a top ten website. A formidable speaker on new media, she looks to the future of ...

Debbie Travis

Design Superstar and Entrepreneur Behind the Largest Celebrity Brand in Canada

“Dream it, do it, live it,” says Debbie Travis, the entrepreneur behind the largest celebrity brand in Canada. In her talks—delivered with great humour and optimism—she shares her keen sense of brandi...

Mira Nair

Director of Queen of Katwe, Salaam Bombay!, The Namesake, and The Reluctant Fundamentalist

Raised in India, schooled at Harvard, and living in New York City, Mira Nair uses her natural grasp of identity conflict to make films that explore race, gender, inter-generational strife, cultural ap...

Diane Francis

Bestselling Author and Editor-at-Large at The National Post

Creating a robust agenda for the development of emerging tech isn’t a frill, but a necessity in the 21st century. An award-winning, bestselling author and futurist, Diane Francis argues for a more eff...

Negin Farsad

Social Justice Comedian, Director of The Muslims Are Coming!

Negin Farsad is at the forefront of social justice comedy—a field that she insists totally exists (or should). A TED Senior Fellow, author of How to Make White People Laugh, and as one of few Iranian-...

Emily Bazelon

Author of Sticks and Stones | New York Times Magazine Staff Writer

A staff writer on politics and judicial matters for The New York Times Magazine, Emily Bazelon is the author of the bestselling book Sticks and Stones, a major contribution to the international conver...

Isabel Allende

Author of The House of the Spirits and The Sum of Our Days

A literary legend, a social activist, and a feminist icon, Isabel Allende—now in the fourth decade of a career like no other—has sold over 50 million books in over 30 languages. The massive audiences ...

LZ Granderson

Senior Writer and Columnist for ESPN

LZ Granderson is a senior writer for ESPN: The Magazine—but he’s no ordinary sports columnist. Granderson is perhaps the most visible openly gay sports journalist in the nation. A candid, entertaining...