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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 speakers is tackling tomorrow’s challenges, starting today.


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Annie Lowrey

Author of Give People Money (July 2018) | Contributing Editor at The Atlantic

How is the economy adapting to profound technological advances, such as A.I. and automation? How are these forces, and many others, redefining the nature of work, the potential of business, even society itself?


Vanessa Grigoriadis

Author of Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus

Questions about power, consent, and assault on college campus have sparked difficult—but necessary—conversations. In this #MeToo moment, how do we engage in practical dialogue and move forward? 

Julia Ioffe

Staff Writer at The Atlantic | Author of Russia Girl (Forthcoming)

What does Russia really want? American speculation on Russia’s actions – what it has or hasn’t done, what it might do – is a major political topic; the guesswork is deafening. Is Russia as cohesive a force as we think? To what degree have their threats ...

Karim Abouelnaga

Social Change Advocate | CEO of Practice Makes Perfect

There is an achievement gap within the education system, and entrepreneur Karim Abouelnaga is bridging it, one child at a time. Practice Makes Perfect—founded when he was 18—provides lower-income stud...

Carrie Goldberg

Victims’ Rights Attorney | Author of Fairer Sex (Forthcoming, 2018)

Fighting for victims of harassment online and off, Carrie Goldberg is the tenacious lawyer we need in a post-Weinstein, #MeToo world. Profiled in a major New Yorker feature, and with a memoir and TV show in the works, this charismatic advocate ...

Yancey Strickler

Co-founder and Former CEO of Kickstarter

Kickstarter. It’s a name that means innovation, community, and cool. But it’s also a brand with values—the social good—built into its foundation. Co-founder Yancey Strickler explains how, starting wit...

David Kong

Director of MIT Media Lab’s Community Biotechnology Initiative

At the MIT Media Lab, David Kong is a passionate, brilliant exponent of biotechnology: the next major scientific innovation to transform life as we know it. But to start the revolution—and for human c...

David Rohde

Online News Director, The New Yorker | Winner of the Pulitzer Prize

As News Director of NewYorker.com, David Rohde is at the helm of online news coverage at one of the country’s most respected magazines—a bastion of fact-checked journalism in an era of ‘fake news.’ A ...

András Tilcsik

Co-Author of Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It

Due to their incredible complexity, our modern systems—from healthcare to travel, finance to media—are primed for failure. And things are only getting worse. In his fiercely anticipated book Meltdown,...

Chris Clearfield

Co-Author of Meltdown: Why Our Systems Fail and What We Can Do About It

We’re at a breaking point—today’s systems are so complex that major crises are not only imminent, but more common than ever. And that goes for every industry, regardless of size or scope. Enter Chris Clearfield. In his hotly anticipated book Meltdown 

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...

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...

Yascha Mounk

Speaker on the Decline of Democracy & Rise of Populism | Harvard Lecturer | Author of The People vs. Democracy (2018)

Less than a third of young Americans say it’s important to them to live in a democracy. Why? Because the system is a mess: opaque administrations, frustrating political candidates, policies that don’t...

Bianca Bosker

Author of Cork Dork, the Instant New York Times Bestseller | Contributing Editor at The Atlantic

Bianca Bosker is obsessed with obsession. It’s inspired her award-winning stories for outlets like The New Yorker and The Atlantic, as well as her New York Times bestseller Cork Dork, which traces her...

Peter Mansbridge

Chief Correspondent for CBC News and Anchor of The National for 29 Years

Peter Mansbridge is one of Canada’s most respected and recognizable figures. For five decades, including 29 years as anchor of CBC’s The National, he has guided us through the political, economic, and...

Casey Gerald

Former CEO of MBAs Across America | Closing Speaker at TED2016

As co-founder of MBAs Across America, Casey Gerald traveled the nation to discover how mission-driven entrepreneurs, far from Wall St. or Silicon Valley, were tackling the biggest challenges facing ou...

Ashton Applewhite

Anti-Ageism Activist | Author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

What if discrimination on the basis of age were as unacceptable as any other kind of prejudice? Ashton Applewhite is a leading voice in an emerging movement dedicated to dismantling ageism and making ...

Laura Galante

Leading Cybersecurity Analyst | Senior Fellow, Atlantic Council and Founder, Galante Strategies

Cyber spying. Russian hacking. DNC leaks, fake news, and manipulation. To Laura Galante, cybersecurity—and cyber literacy—are indispensible tools for any government or corporation. From The New York T...

Mitch Prinstein

Author of Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World

‘Popularity’—it’s not just a memory from high school. To Mitch Prinstein, it’s a key influencer of our success, relationships, and happiness today. In Popular, this leading psychologist unpacks the wa...

Jennifer Brea

Director of the Documentary Unrest | Disability Rights Advocate

Five years ago, Jennifer Brea suddenly fell ill with a disease doctors couldn’t diagnose. Without treatment, she became bedridden—and unable to move. But that’s when she chose to fight back. By docume...

Emily Esfahani Smith

Author of The Power of Meaning: Crafting a Life That Matters

Meaning, not happiness, is the key to a good life. That’s the vital message at the core of Emily Esfahani Smith’s book, The Power of Meaning, which outlines four pillars essential to living a life tha...

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, ...

Titus Kaphar

Award-Winning Painter and Sculptor

With more urgency than a headline, Titus Kaphar’s artworks capture the spirit of social justice and change in America today (exemplified in his TIME cover portrait of the Ferguson protests). Working f...

Megan Phelps-Roper

Former Member of the Westboro Baptist Church | Author of This Above All (Forthcoming)

Formally of the Westboro Baptist Church—a group infamous for its intolerance—Megan Phelps-Roper is a unique example of how empathy can overcome hate, and how tolerance can bridge ideology.

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, ...

Nicholas Thompson

Editor-in-Chief of Wired | Former Editor of NewYorker.com

The story of how science and tech will change our lives is one of the most important in the world. And no one’s more equipped to tell it than Nicholas Thompson. A veteran editor, he revolutionized The...

William C. Taylor

Founding Editor of Fast Company | Bestselling Author of Simply Brilliant, Practically Radical, and Mavericks at Work

As the visionary, co-founding editor of Fast Company, William C. Taylor has motivated a generation of executives and entrepreneurs to think differently about leading change in every industry. In his l...