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new speaker | Nov 4th, 2022

Building a Workplace You Want to Be a Part Of: Lavin Welcomes Bully Market Author Jamie Fiore Higgins

With "quiet quitting" on the rise, it’s never been more crucial to build a workplace culture where everyone feels empowered to perform to their full potential. Jamie Fiore Higgins spent 18 years in a toxic Wall Street company—and now she’s showing us what it takes to break out and change our companies for the better.

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new speaker | Oct 7th, 2022

Anxiety Is Actually Good for You: Lavin Welcomes Psychology Researcher and Author Tracy Dennis-Tiwary

As a psychologist and anxiety researcher, Tracy explains how anxiety helps us focus, create, and plan for a better future. Her bestseller Future Tense gives us a radical framework for embracing and taking advantage of our most misunderstood emotion.

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new speaker | Sep 1st, 2022

Ordinary People, Extraordinary Change: Lavin Welcomes James Kirchick, Author of Secret City, the Hidden Gay History

In his instant New York Times bestseller, acclaimed as the most important work of gay history in decades, James illuminates the sweeping history of the gay subculture in Washington, and how aides, spymasters, and assistants behind the scenes fought for a world where they were free to be themselves.

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new speaker | Aug 26th, 2022

The Science of Making People Happier: Lavin Welcomes Martin Seligman, Father of Positive Psychology

Martin founded the revolutionary science of positive psychology, changing how people viewed psychology through his decades of research. The single most influential psychologist of the past 20 years, he teaches strategies to get happier and healthier, flourishing in any situation.

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new speaker | Aug 10th, 2022

Mapping the Landscape of Artificial Intelligence: Lavin Welcomes Leading AI Scholar Kate Crawford

Kate is the award-winning author of "Atlas of AI," in which she maps out the physical processes that give artificial intelligence form. She knows that AI is a tool—one that can be used to oppress and exploit, or to create a more equitable world.

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new speaker | Aug 4th, 2022

Unrestricted Play Sparks Unrestricted Creativity: Lavin Welcomes Award-Winning Toy Designer Cas Holman

Creator of the world-renowned Rigamajig, Cas designs toys that have no set function or objective. She proves that unfettered play empowers us to learn without fearing failure, work together, and find radical solutions—for kids and adults alike.

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new speaker | Jul 6th, 2022

Rebellion Done Right is Vital to Success: Lavin Welcomes Award-Winning Psychology Professor Todd Kashdan

The best change-makers are rebels with a cause, and the best organizations make room for them. Todd's book "The Art of Insubordination" is a scientific handbook for rebelling well, which Kirkus called “a useful primer for those determined to make waves for a good cause.”

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new speaker | Jun 30th, 2022

Roe v. Wade and the Future of Democracy: Lavin Welcomes Legal Historian and Justice System Expert Mary Ziegler

Mary is the go-to nonpartisan speaker on Roe, the courts, and their impact on our democracy. She offers an enlightening perspective on this critical moment, and a realistic way out of deepening polarization.

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new speaker | Jun 20th, 2022

Imagination Is Where Black, Queer Freedom Resides: Lavin Welcomes Bestselling YA Author George M. Johnson

Called "an absolute necessity" by Booklist, George’s powerful, bestselling memoir "All Boys Aren't Blue" sits alongside titles by Toni Morrison and Lavin speaker Angie Thomas as among the 10 Most Challenged Books of 2021.

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new speaker | Jun 2nd, 2022

History is Prologue: Lavin Welcomes Civil Rights Attorney Turned YA Novelist Michelle Coles

As a civil rights attorney and award-winning YA author, Michelle knows that we need to understand the past to achieve racial justice in the present.

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