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Creativity Speakers

 

Can creativity be taught? At Lavin, we think so — and we have the data to prove it. Creativity isn’t just for artists and designers. It’s about thinking differently. These leading creativity speakers incorporate science, psychology, tech, and education into our ongoing discussion of the human imagination.

 

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Stephanie Mehta

Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company | Former Deputy Editor at Vanity Fair

What makes the world’s most creative people—and companies—tick? The most qualified person to answer the question is Stephanie Mehta. As Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company—the influential magazine championing creativity, innovation, and thriving workplace cultures for a new generation of business— Mehta is the rare editor who talks to pure creatives and corporate leaders in equal measure. She draws on her decades in business journalism to show us how to inject imaginative thinking, entrepreneurial zeal, and unbridled innovation into everything we do.
Nathan Pyle

The #1 New York Times Bestselling Author of Strange Planet

How often do we get to see the world as though it were brand new? Rarely, if ever. That’s what makes Nathan Pyle’s Strange Planet—an Internet sensation and #1 New York Times bestselling book—so special. Deeply funny and slightly surreal, the comic has gained over 5 million Instagram followers in less than a year—and Pyle’s talks are equally as delightful. With humor and heart, he shows us how to find inspiration and creativity in the fabric of our daily surroundings.   
Sarah Lewis

Author of The Rise, a book about where new ideas come from

Bursting onto the scene with a popular TED talk that received over 2.5 million views, and her bestselling book The Rise—about human creativity—Sarah Lewis explores the power of surrender for fortitude, the criticality of play for innovation, and the importance of grit and creative practice. She speaks to creative human endeavor, and how innovation, mastery, and new concepts are found in unlikely places. Lewis also guest-edited the “Vision & Justice” issue of Aperture—a landmark collection that address race, photography, and social justice.
 
David Eagleman

One of the World’s Foremost Neuroscientists | Host of PBS’s The Brain | Scientific Advisor for HBO’s Westworld this is the science description this is the neuroscience description

How can we harness the brain for maximum creativity—at work, and school? In The Runaway Species, David Eagleman reveals how any organization can adopt a more innovative mindset by decoding how the mind actually works. In talks, he helps us embrace risk and failure, empower our employees, and build truly creative companies. 
Scott Barry Kaufman

Professor of Psychology at Columbia University | Author of Wired to Create

Greatness is completely, utterly, made says Scott Barry Kaufman. Formerly misdiagnosed with a learning disability, Kaufman is now a renowned cognitive psychologist and professor at Columbia. His experience caused him to question the traditional metrics of success, and eventually develop a new approach to creativity, self-actualization, wellness, and intelligence. Dubbed “a force of nature” by New York Times bestselling author Angela Duckworth, Kaufman shows us the science behind cultivating creativity and a meaningful life.
Welby Altidor

Former Executive Creative Director at Cirque du Soleil | Group CCO, Cityneon

As Executive Creative Director for Cirque du Soleil, Welby Altidor was responsible for groundbreaking live events at one of the world’s most creative companies. His leadership there taught him that creativity isn’t reserved to a happy few, but the result of intentional practice: it can be found within us all. 
Maria Konnikova

Contributing Writer for The New Yorker | New York Times Bestselling Author

A New Yorker science writer who rocketed to poker stardom, Maria Konnikova is a brilliant decoder of why we make decisions—and how we can make better ones. Author of the NYT-bestselling books The Confidence Game and Mastermind, Konnikova’s talks offer a fascinating lesson in how our performance at work can be improved by a deeper understanding of logical choices. 

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Tom Wujec

World Renowned Expert on Innovation | Former Chief Disruptor at Autodesk | Author of The Future of Making

New disruptive technologies are permanently changing the way we conceive, design, manufacture, and sell products. To veteran innovator Tom Wujec—Autodesk’s former ‘Chief Disruptor’—this revolution isn’t intimidating, but an exciting opportunity. As each industry is forced to adapt and learn new skills, they’ll need a guide—and Wujec is our most valuable. 
 
Ari Wallach

Founder of Fast Company’s Futures with Ari Wallach; Futurist & Social Innovation Strategist

Futurist and innovation strategist Ari Wallach is the founder of Longpath Labs and an expert on long-term thinking and behavioral strategies for individuals, communities, and society. Using his grasp of economic, political, social, and cultural megatrends, Wallach equips leaders and organizations to seize the opportunities of this moment and build futures in which we collectively thrive. 
 
Rainn Wilson

Three Time Emmy-Nominated Actor | Founder of SoulPancake

For nearly a decade, Rainn Wilson endeared himself to millions on the hit American edition of The Office, earning three Emmy nominations with his portrayal of Dwight Schrute. As a speaker, Wilson draws on the offbeat genius behind his on-screen characterizations, showing audiences how creativity isn’t simply for artists. It’s for everyone.