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Most Requested 

Here they are: Lavin’s top requested speakers. The ones that our clients call us most often about, joined by the newer voices breaking through into the popular consciousness. This is a snapshot of who’s hot in speaking right now!

 
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Angela Duckworth

Pioneering Researcher on Grit, Perseverance, and the Science of Success

In her landmark research, psychologist Angela Duckworth reveals the importance of character to success in life. Her pioneering work on grit and self-control is in high demand among educators, athletes...

Ta-Nehisi Coates

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Between the World and Me

Ta-Nehisi Coates is one of the most original and perceptive black voices today—“the single best writer on the subject of race in the United States” (New York Observer). Coates is the author, most rece...

Naomi Klein

Author of No Is Not Enough, This Changes Everything, The Shock Doctrine, & No Logo

Naomi Klein is an award-winning journalist, columnist, and the #1 international bestselling author of seminal books The Shock Doctrine and No Logo. In her book This Changes Everything, and in powerful...

Douglas Stephens

Retail and Consumer Futurist | Internationally Acclaimed Author and Founder of Retail Prophet

Douglas Stephens is one of the most influential retail futurists on the planet. His talks are required listening for any company that orbits the retail world. In fully customized and thoroughly resear...

Martin Ford

Author of New York Times bestseller Rise of the Robots

We’ve known for a long time that robots have replaced a majority of manual labor jobs. But they are now taking over complex jobs we previously thought only humans could do. In Rise of the Robots, Mart...

Rick Mercer

Host of The Rick Mercer Report

Rick Mercer chronicles, satirizes, and ultimately celebrates all that is great and irreverent about this country. Known as “Canada’s Unofficial Opposition,” Mercer is our most popular comic, a politic...

Sir Salman Rushdie

One of the Most Celebrated Writers of Our Time

Sir Salman Rushdie is one of the most celebrated authors of our time—of any time. A brilliant provocateur, he’s penned a handful of classic novels, influenced a generation of writers, and received a Q...

Jeremy Gutsche

CEO of Trendhunter.com, Award-Winning Innovator, Management Consultant, and New York Times Bestselling Author of Better and Faster

Jeremy Gutsche is “an intellectual can of Red Bull” (Association Week), award-winning author and management consultant to brands, billionaires and CEOs. Gutsche is the brains behind Trendhunter.com: t...

Paul Tough

Bestselling Author of How Children Succeed and Helping Children Succeed

Paul Tough challenges the belief that intelligence, endlessly measured by test scores, is the sole predictor of how well a child will do in school and in life. In his bestselling book How Children Suc...

David Rose

Internet of Things Speaker, Author of Enchanted Objects

David Rose is a major speaker on The Internet of Things—the concept where everyday items become “enchanted objects,” able to anticipate our needs, talk with each other, and make life simpler. “In the ...

Margaret Atwood

Booker Prize-Winning Author of over fifty books, including the “The Handmaid's Tale,” recently adapted into an acclaimed new TV series

Margaret Atwood has long been a literary titan, but “current events have polished the oracular sheen of her reputation,” says The New Yorker. With her 1985 dystopic novel The Handmaid’s Tale back on t...

Steven Pinker

One of the World’s Leading Cognitive Scientists

Steven Pinker asks audacious questions about the human mind—then boldly sets out to answer them. Named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in The World, he’s a brilliant speaker, is eno...

Reza Aslan

#1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Zealot, Host of CNN's Believer

Reza Aslan addresses topics of Islam, the Middle East, and Muslim Americans with authority, wit, and infectious optimism. He is the author of Zealot: The Life and Times of Jesus of Nazareth—a momentou...

Manjit Minhas

Founder of the 10th Largest Brewery in the World, Co-Star of CBC’s Dragons’ Den

A formidable speaker, Manjit Minhas is an entrepreneur and judge on CBC’s Dragons’ Den who shares business lessons with equal parts force and finesse. Minhas runs a $155 million brewery—the 10th large...

Salman Khan

Founder & CEO of The Khan Academy | Author of The One World School House

Sal Khan is the founder of the Khan Academy, a nonprofit with the mission of providing free, world-class education to “anyone, anywhere.” Khan Academy has over 52 million registered users across 190 c...

Spike Lee

Director of Do the Right Thing and When the Levees Broke

Spike Lee needs no introduction. In person, the provocateur and media icon is never at a loss for words. As one of the most outspoken African American voices, he talks candidly, and with authority, ab...

Angela Davis

Legendary Human Rights Activist

Angela Davis is internationally known for her ongoing work to combat all forms of oppression in the U.S. and abroad. Her work as an educator—both at the university level and in the larger public spher...

Kal Penn

Actor and Former Associate Director at the White House Office of Public Engagement

Called “the world’s most famous Indian actor” by New York Magazine, Kal Penn is a rising Hollywood star. But what sets him apart is his off-screen eloquence, his passion for the intersection of pop cu...

Jared Diamond

Pulitzer Prize-Winning Author of Guns, Germs and Steel and Collapse

Jared Diamond is a celebrity scientist, in the best sense of the term. The massive audiences at his talks emerge with a fresh outlook on the big questions. Why do some societies prosper while others d...