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New Speakers 

 

At Lavin, we are serious about which keynote speakers we put up on our site. That said, we are always adding select new voices. This next wave of speakers is tackling tomorrow’s challenges, starting today.

 

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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.
 
Susan Hockfield

President Emerita of MIT | Author of The Age of Living Machines (Forthcoming)

We’re entering the Age of Living Machines, where biology and engineering converge to create revolutionary technologies that will transform our world. Susan Hockfield—President Emerita of MIT and a leading voice in the STEM fields—is the preeminent speaker on this new “convergence.” 
Wanuri Kahiu

Acclaimed Writer & Director of Rafiki | Co-Founder of AFROBUBBLEGUM

When Wanuri Kahiu’s second feature film, the Cannes-selected Rafiki, was banned in her home country of Kenya for featuring a romance between two women, she wouldn’t stand for it. An acclaimed filmmaker and co-founder of AFROBUBBLEGUM, Kahiu’s art and talks show that being fun and frivolous includes—and in fact necessitates—being fierce.  
Jane Golden

Founder and Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia

How can art help us drive civic restoration? As the Executive Director of Mural Arts Philadelphia, the nation’s largest public art program, Jane Golden has seen her city transform through creativity and grit. In her talks, she shows how public art lowers crime rates, fortifies local business, and brings pride to unloved areas. For the people whose lives it’s changed, art means feeling at home in your own neighborhood. 
 
Lauren Eskreis-Winkler

Researcher at The University of Pennsylvania’s Character Lab | Speaker on Grit

Lauren Eskreis-Winkler is among a select group of people who can speak authoritatively on grit: steadfast resilience that predicts success better than talent. Her customizable and interactive talks draw on unique, hands-on research to teach you how to practice (and benefit from) grit on every level.
 
Robb Willer

Professor of Social Psychology & Organizational Behavior at Stanford University

Our current political climate hasn’t been this polarized since the Civil War, says social psychologist Robb Willer. An antidote to this is Willer’s technique of “moral reframing,” which teaches opposing groups to advocate for their beliefs through the lens of their opponent’s. Willer’s timely talks provide the wisdom and tools needed to challenge this polarization.
Anthony Jack

Assistant Prof. of Ed. at Harvard University | Author of The Privileged Poor (March 2019)

A student from a low-income background attends an elite university on scholarship, and finds herself burdened by that status. This is the paradox of the privileged poor student, says sociologist and speaker Anthony Jack. In the ongoing dialogue about race, inclusion, and social justice, Jack’s talks provide a firm foundation for that conversation.
 
 
Heather McGhee

Distinguished Senior Fellow & Former Pres. of Demos | Expert in Racial Healing

What if, in the middle of your live TV appearance, someone called in and asked for advice in overcoming racial prejudice? For public policy expert Heather C. McGhee, the response was natural—she helped. From the personal to the corporate, McGhee’s talks kickstart a cultural effort towards putting systemic repair into action—with urgency, up-to-the-minute research, and sensitivity to all involved.
 
Abdul El-Sayed

Physician | Public Health Expert | 2018 Candidate for Governor in Michigan

Named “The new Obama” by The Guardian, Dr. Abdul El-Sayed is a physician and public health expert who very nearly became the first Muslim-American Governor of Michigan, and would’ve been the first Muslim-American Governor ever, had he won. But winning isn’t everything.