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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

CEO of Mansueto Ventures | Former Editor-in-Chief of Fast Company

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.
Greg Hoffman

Nike's Former Chief Marketing Officer | Author of Emotion by Design

We’re surrounded by distractions, so what's the secret of cutting through the noise and connecting with customers? Emotion. Greg draws on his iconic work at Nike to show you creativity is the key to making real emotional connections, and that the most creative companies get creative input from everyone on a team: creativity is a team sport.
Nathan Pyle

#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.   
Cas Holman

Award-winning toy designer of the world-renowned Rigamajig | Founder and principal designer at toy company Heroes Will Rise

Play isn’t just for kids. For world-renowned toy designer Cas Holman, play is the spark that boosts our creativity and imagination throughout our lives. Featured in the award-winning Netflix series Abstract: The Art of Design, Cas designs toys that have no set functions or learning objectives. She teaches us that the process of playing empowers us to learn without fear of failure, challenges us to find new solutions and ways of thinking, and inspires us to work together towards revolutionary innovation.
Radhika Dirks

Forbes' 30 Women in AI to Watch | Quantum Computing Expert | CEO & Co-Founder of XLabs & Ribo AI

Radhika uses artificial intelligence to help companies and organizations figure out creative solutions to their toughest obstacles. She says: “Bring me a model from evolution, physics, or infrastructure. With that, I can show you how to build a new kind of AI to solve our biggest problems.” Radhika has a practical framework for how you can creativity tap into AI’s great potential.
 
John Maeda

Microsoft VP of Design and Artificial Intelligence | Author of How to Speak Machine

A world-renowned artist, graphic designer, computer scientist, educator, and investor, John’s career reflects his philosophy that technology is all about creativity. For more than a decade, he has worked to bring together tech, science, and art into 21st-century version of what creativity can be.
 
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. 
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. 
Ethan Kross

Leading Expert on the Conscious Mind | Author of Chatter

Overthinking can fuel our anxieties and impair our ability to make decisions—but we can learn to harness our inner voice and turn it into our own personal motivational coach, becoming healthier, wiser, and more resilient in the process. Award-winning psychologist and author of the instant national bestseller Chatter, Ethan Kross shows how the conversations we have with ourselves can improve our lives in surprising ways: from our health and our job performance to our relationships and decision-making.
Tracy Dennis-Tiwary

Bestselling author of Future Tense | Clinical psychologist and researcher | Digital health technology entrepreneur

With stress and burnout spiking, many of us believe that our lives would be better if only we were less anxious. But Dr. Tracy Dennis-Tiwary says our anxiety is actually good for us, even though it feels bad. Anxiety helps us focus, create, and plan. As a clinical psychologist and author of Future Tense, Tracy provides a radical new framework for managing this misunderstood emotion and using it to our advantage. “When we stop rejecting anxiety,” she says, “we will be better able to channel it, manage it, and use it to prioritize what matters to us in life.”
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. 
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. 
 
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.