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Innovation Speakers

 

What worked yesterday might not work tomorrow. Lavin’s innovation speakers approach the issue with creativity and verve, offering hands-on methods to innovate from the ground up — improving your future while learning from your past efforts.

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Nicholas Thompson

Editor-in-Chief of Wired | Former Editor of NewYorker.com

Innovation speaker Nicholas Thompson is the editor-in-chief of Wired, who investigates the technological and ethical developments as they unfold in Silicon Valley. He speaks at the cutting edge of digital innovation—championing tech’s role in making the world a better place.
 
Jeremy Gutsche

CEO of Trend Hunter | New York Times Bestselling Author of Better and Faster

Innovation speaker Jeremy Gutsche is “an intellectual can of Red Bull” (Association Week), a New York Times bestseller and a management consultant to brands, billionaires, and CEOs. He’s also the founder of Trendhunter.com: the world’s #1 trend-spotting site. With contagious enthusiasm, he shows us how to use methodical innovation to generate ideas and kickstart creativity in times of rapid change.
 
Radhika Dirks

CEO & Co-Founder of XLabs | Physicist & Entrepreneur

A quantum physicist-turned-entrepreneur, Radhika Dirks is CEO and co-founder at XLabs: the only company in the world making AI moonshots a reality. Her work harnesses the dynamism of AI in tangible, world-renewing ways, amplifying your business, tech, brand, and strategy in the process. With firsthand examples of AI she has built, Dirks argues for a future that fits our biggest ambitions—making the world a better place while we’re at it. 
Safi Bahcall

Award-Winning Biotech Entrepreneur | Author of Loonshots

Author of Loonshots, the book Daniel Kahneman calls “Not to be missed by anyone who wants to understand how ideas change the world,” Safi Bahcall is an innovation speaker who shows how we can stoke change, leadership, and support “loonshots”: imperfect but ingenious ideas that have the potential to change the world. 
Amber Mac

Relentless Adaptation & Digital Innovation Speaker | Co-Host of The AI Effect

Amber Mac is a writer, podcaster, entrepreneur and digital maverick whose understanding of disruptive technologies helps companies anticipate lightning-quick changes as they come—from Artificial Intelligence, to social media, to Amazon-era retail. No matter how confident and established the company, everyone needs a blueprint—and Mac’s talks provide you with just that. 
Derek Thompson

Senior Editor at The Atlantic | Author of Hit Makers

As Senior Editor at The Atlantic, innovation speaker Derek Thompson writes on economics and politics, media and money in America today—and always with an expert sense of what’s important. 

 

 
Doug Stephens

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

Doug Stephens is one of the most influential innovation speakers and retail futurists on the planet. His talks are required listening for any company that orbits the retail world. In fully customized and thoroughly researched keynotes, Stephens shows you how to stay ahead of the changing mega-trends in demographics, economics, and technology that are resetting your industry—and, what it takes to be truly innovative. 
 
 
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 and innovation speaker Tom Wujec—Autodesk’s former ‘Chief Disruptor’—this is 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. 
Markus Giesler

Consumer Sociologist | One of The 40 Best Business Professors Under 40

“Your view of life changes the moment you start looking left and right” says innovation speaker, consumer sociologist, and rebel marketing speaker Markus Giesler. What he means is that our innovations—products, services, experiences—shouldn’t be created in a vacuum.
 
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, innovation speaker David Eagleman—“the hottest thing in neuroscience” (The Times)—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.
Trend Hunter Team

The World’s #1 Trend Firm and Innovation Engine

With the Trend Hunter Team, you get a diversely talented group of innovation speakers who will show you—individually or together—what the trends in tech, business, retail and more can do for you before they explode. These speakers are immersed in trends on a daily basis, advising the world’s most innovative people at Disney, Coca-Cola, even NASA, on their areas of opportunity, and crafting Trend Hunter’s world-class culture. 
 
David Robertson

Senior Lecturer at MIT Sloan | Author of The Power of Little Ideas and of Brick by Brick

We tend to imagine innovation as slow, incremental change or else industry-shifting disruption. Yet for most companies, neither works. Innovation speaker and MIT Sloan professor David Robertson outlines a third way of innovation—actual working strategies for world-class companies that build on his groundbreaking study of Lego’s near-collapse and rise, Brick by Brick.
 
Nina Tandon

CEO and Co-Founder of EpiBone, TED Senior Fellow

Nina Tandon is an innovation speaker at the cutting edge of science. She works on growing artificial hearts and bones that can be put into the body, and studies the new frontier of biotech: homes, textiles, and videogames made of cells. Named one of Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business, and one of Foreign Policy’s 100 Leading Global Thinkers, she speaks on the future of healthcare and technology, and biology's new industrial revolution.  
 
Charles Fishman

Author of The Big Thirst and One Giant Leap

If we want to achieve near-impossible outcomes, under tremendous pressure, we can. That kind of innovation exists. The story of NASA’s moon landing—coming up on its 50th anniversary—shows us how. In his new book, One Giant Leap, #1 New York Times bestselling author and innovation speaker Charles Fishman demonstrates why these lessons are more applicable today than ever.  
 
Salman Khan

Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Khan Academy

Sal Khan is a leading innovation speaker and the founder and CEO of Khan Academy, a nonprofit with a mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere. Khan is also the founder of Khan Lab School, a nonprofit laboratory school in Mountain View, California, where he teaches seminars in the humanities and sciences.
 
Peter H. Diamandis

Chairman and CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, Innovation Speaker

It’s very likely that the future of space exploration lies in the hands of innovation speaker Dr. Peter Diamandis. As co-founder of the XPRIZE Foundation, he oversaw the creation of the $10 million Ansari XPRIZE for commercial spaceflight.

 

 
Ari Wallach

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

Futurist and innovation speaker-strategist Ari Wallach is Fast Company’s expert on emergent trends in business and culture. 

 

 
Yancey Strickler

Co-founder & Former CEO of Kickstarter | Author of This Could Be Our Future (Oct. 29)

Our current society is trapped by three assumptions, says writer and Kickstarter co-founder Yancey Strickler: that the point of life is to maximize self-interest and wealth; that we’re individuals trapped in an adversarial world; and that this is natural. His electric keynotes show us how we got here and—more importantly—how we can turn this ship around. 
 
Anab Jain

Innovation Speaker, Founder & Director of Superflux

Designer, innovation speaker, TED Fellow, futurescaper: Anab Jain wears many hats, and brings them all together at her multidisciplinary design studio, Superflux. Superflux is both a consultancy and a lab, operating in the realm of emerging technologies—think drones to the Internet of Things to artificial intelligence—for business, cultural, and social purposes. 
 
David Sax

Author of The Revenge of Analog, The Tastemakers, and Save the Deli

Digital was supposed to change the world. But the need for real things is greater than ever. This is the business story that innovation speaker David Sax broke in The Revenge of Analog, which shows how retailers and tech giants are fusing screens with analog processes to outsmart the competition. It’s time for a sense of balance, Sax says—for wellbeing, as well as the bottom line.
 
David Rose

MIT Senior Lecturer | VP of Vision Technology at Warby Parker

AI is disrupting just about every industry says MIT researcher and innovation speaker David Rose—from healthcare, to brick-and-mortar retail, to neighborhood security. Whatever your field, be it marketing, social enterprise, education, or government, Rose argues that everyone can and should prototype a multiplicity of futures using AI—before someone else does it for us. 
 
John Maeda

Chief Experience Officer at Publicis Sapient | Author of How to Speak Machine (2019)

John Maeda is a world-renowned artist, graphic designer, computer scientist, educator, and innovation speaker whose career reflects his philosophy of humanizing technology. For more than a decade, he has worked to integrate technology, education, and the arts into a 21st-century synthesis of creativity and innovation. 
 
Randall Lane

Chief Content Officer of Forbes Magazine

Innovation speaker Randall Lane is the chief content officer of Forbes Magazine, where he has helped it reach its highest-ever U.S. readership (6.7 million) with new emphases on young innovators and disruptors. These are people reimagining the rules for business and rethinking the potential for entrepreneurs to solve the world’s most intractable problems.  
 
Michael Katchen

Founder and CEO of Wealthsimple

If Toronto is the Silicon Valley of the North–a thriving international hub of technological innovation–then innovation speaker Michael Katchen is one of its leading figures. Katchen is the founder and CEO of Wealthsimple, whose easy-to-use service has redefined investing for a young generation, and whose massive success has disrupted the financial services industry. 
 
Welby Altidor

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

As Executive Creative Director for Cirque du Soleil, innovation speaker 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.