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mental health | Feb 6th, 2020

‘A Battle No One Knows About’: Canada’s First Inuk NHL Player Jordin Tootoo Speaks Candidly About Mental Health

Former professional hockey player Jordin Tootoo lost his brother to suicide. Today, he’s committed to starting a national conversation about addiction and mental health. CBC News caught up with him to discuss his meaningful work in suicide prevention.   “Every Indigenous person I've met has been... Continue Reading →
psychology | Feb 5th, 2020

Scott Barry Kaufman Explores Why More Men Don’t Choose Caregiving Professions—and Why We Should Care— for Scientific American

As a society, we talk a lot about gender inequality in the workplace—especially when it comes to women being underrepresented in STEM fields and leadership positions. Yet we rarely ever discuss the lack of men in caregiving occupations. Why aren’t more people concerned about this imbalance? Scott... Continue Reading →
psychology | Feb 5th, 2020

Do Politics Make Us Irrational? NYU’s Jay Van Bavel Illustrates the Effects of Partisanship for TED-Ed

Can someone’s political identity influence their ability to process information? It appears so. In the cognitive phenomenon known as partisanship, identification with a social group becomes so important, it can override reality.  Psychology professor Jay Van Bavel shares strategies to combat this... Continue Reading →
| Feb 4th, 2020

Acclaimed Artist Christine Sun Kim Becomes the First Deaf Asian American to Sign the National Anthem at the Super Bowl

Acclaimed sound and visual artist Christine Sun Kim made history this weekend by being the first ever Asian American to perform the national anthem in American Sign Language at the Superbowl.  In a performance TIME called “required viewing”, Christine Sun Kim charmed more than 100 million... Continue Reading →
behavioural economics | Feb 3rd, 2020

Economist Shlomo Benartzi Examines How Digital Design Drives Our Behavior for the Harvard Business Review

We live so much of our lives online, it only makes sense that many of our decisions happen onscreen. But do we understand how profoundly the design of the digital world affects the quality of those decisions? In his latest for the Harvard Business Review, Shlomo Benartzi reviews the often... Continue Reading →
literature | Feb 3rd, 2020

Books From Uber Whistleblower Susan Fowler, and Harvard’s Laura Huang, Top Silicon Valley’s Most Anticipated of 2020

Forbes recently announced its list of Silicon Valley’s 5 Most Anticipated Books Of 2020, and two of the five authors are Lavin Speakers, making their book debuts to a lot of buzz. Now a TIME Magazine Person of the Year, and the Technology Editor of the New York Times opinion section, Susan Fowler... Continue Reading →
entrepreneurship | Jan 31st, 2020

To be, or Not to Be Authentic?: Harvard’s Laura Huang and Francesca Gino Explore Authenticity and Performance

When it comes to making a first impression, whether it be a job interview, a networking event, or a pitch, many people tend to cater to the other person’s interests, rather than behave according to their own. But does this approach help or harm our chances of getting what we want? Harvard... Continue Reading →
film | Jan 30th, 2020

Acclaimed Rafiki Director Wanuri Kahiu to Direct The Black Kids, Based on Hotly Anticipated YA Novel

The Gotham Group recently announced their latest film project, The Black Kids, and it’s set to be directed by Rafiki filmmaker Wanuri Kahiu.  Kahiu—who gained international attention for her critically acclaimed film Rafiki—will helm the production, based on the upcoming YA novel of the same... Continue Reading →
diversity & inclusion | Jan 29th, 2020

MIT’s Susan Hockfield Joins Effort to Reduce Bias in Biotech Funding Reports The Washington Post

Though there has been a significant improvement for women in the sciences over the past few decades, men continue to dominate leadership positions, especially in the biotech sphere. Lavin Speaker and former President of MIT Susan Hockfield teamed up with entrepreneur Sangeeta Bhatia and biologist... Continue Reading →
entrepreneurship | Jan 28th, 2020

When Hard Work Isn’t Enough: Business Professor Laura Huang Helps Us Find Our Edge

In her debut book Edge, Harvard Business School professor Laura Huang busts the myth that hard work alone will get us to our goals. Instead, she teaches us how to find our “edge”—the unique qualities that set us apart—and open doors to money, time, and connections.   Wouldn’t it be nice if career... Continue Reading →
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