top speakers | February 01, 2023

Women's History Month 2023: Lavin's Top Speakers on Gender Equality and Beyond

March is Women's History Month, a time to celebrate the amazing progress in women’s rights over the years, as well as the work being done today. With so many facets of gender equality to explore, Lavin can help you book the right speaker for your event to inspire leadership, growth and resilience. We’re proud to represent many of the world's most prominent Women's History Month speakers. The speakers below share the stories they've gathered and the work they've done around gender equality, honoring this year's theme of Celebrating Women Who Tell Our Stories.

Margaret Atwood

Margaret Atwood has long been a literary titan. Her novels The Handmaid’s Tale, The Testaments and Alias Grace—plus the 15-time Emmy Award-winning Handmaid’s Tale TV series—have cemented her as a leading voice on women’s issues, not just in North America, but all over the world. Today, her sharp eye is more crucial, and more prescient, than ever. 


Margot Lee Shetterly

Margot Lee Shetterly is the author of the massively successful Hidden Figures, the instant #1 New York Times bestseller which was adapted into the hit film that dominated box offices worldwide. Her talks show us the surprising ways that women and people of color have contributed to innovation in this country while pursuing the American Dream.


Isabel Allende

Isabel Allende is a literary legend, social activist, and feminist icon. Her powerful books—including The House of the Spirits and Daughter of Fortunehave been translated into over 40 languages and have sold over 70 million copies. She was recently awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian honor in the U.S., and her extraordinary life is now the subject of a three-part HBO miniseries.


Kristin Neff

Dr. Kristin Neff is the world’s leading expert on self-compassionthe first person to ever empirically study it, and the woman responsible for making it a topic of conversation in corporate America and beyond. Kristin explains how women can use fierce and tender self-compassion to succeed in the workplace, excel without burning out, and tap into deeper creativity and collaboration. 



Laura Huang, Harvard Professor and author of Edge, teaches us how to use everything, even systemic biases, to our advantage. She explains how women can guide and redirect those very stereotypes which hold them back, sharpening them into a unique and sustainable edge.


Laurel Braitman

Laurel Braitman, bestselling author and Stanford professor, helps doctors and medical students learn storytelling and integrate it into their work. She proves that the simple act of telling our own stories can help build community, improve mental health, and help make a real difference for those around us. 


Sarah Kaplan

Sarah Kaplan, Director of Rotman's Institute for Gender and the Economy, shows us that, like any problem, gender inequality should be treated like an innovation challenge. Like investing in innovation, investing in equality makes our organizations stronger, more creative, and more resilient.

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