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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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Susan Fowler

Time Magazine Person of the Year 2017 | #MeToo and STEM speaker

Susan Fowler is a central figure in the #MeToo movement. Named Time Magazine’s Person of the Year 2017 as one of the silence breakers, Fowler is the former Uber engineer whose viral blog post ignited ...

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 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.
 
Matt Ruby

Comedian | Creator of Vooza

Stand-up comedian and entrepreneurship speaker Matt Ruby shows you how to succeed in business by demonstrating, hilariously, all the ways to fail. Creator and star of the viral online video series Vooza, which devastatingly satirizes startup culture, Ruby’s talks meld creative business strategy and standup humor...
Ellen Ochoa

The first Hispanic Woman in Space | Dir. of NASA Johnson Space Center (2013-2018)

Ellen Ochoa is the first Hispanic woman ever to go to space. She’s also only the second female Director of NASA’s Johnson Space Center—where she led the human space flight enterprise for the nation fr...

Amber Baldet

CEO of Clovyr | Former JP Morgan Blockchain Lead

Amber Baldet is that rare blockchain speaker who brings clarity—and personality—to these important, often opaque, new technologies. Baldet was blockchain program lead at JP Morgan and is CEO of Cloyvr...

Jamil Zaki

Director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab

Most people think empathy is a trait—you have it or you don’t. Meaning, if you find empathy too hard, there’s nothing you can do. But empathy is a skill that anyone can get better at, says Jamil Zaki, a Stanford psychologist and one of America’s pre-eminent speakers on empathy.

 
Patrick Sharkey

NYU Professor | Sociologist | Author of Uneasy Peace

Over the past 25 years, American cities have transformed. Violence has become less common in major urban centers, and citizens feel more connected to their communities than ever before. But crime still occurs, and the dated systems meant to apprehend it have been called into question.  
Annie Lowrey

Author of Give People Money (July 2018) | Contributing Editor at The Atlantic

How is the economy adapting to profound technological advances, such as A.I. and automation? How are these forces, and many others, redefining the nature of work, the potential of business, even society itself?

 

Vanessa Grigoriadis

Author of Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent on Campus

Questions about power, consent, and assault on college campus have sparked difficult—but necessary—conversations. In this #MeToo moment, how do we engage in practical dialogue and move forward? 

 
Dale Curd

Host of the CBC’s Hello Goodbye | Author | Expert on Empathy

Does listening just mean waiting your turn to talk? Not to Dale Curd, host of the CBC’s hit show Hello Goodbye. Now in its third season, Hello Goodbye sees the lively psychotherapist approach strangers at Canada’s largest airport, engaging them in spontaneous, meaningful conversation. 
 
Julia Ioffe

Author of Russia Girl (Forthcoming) | Contributing Writer at The Atlantic

What does Russia really want? American speculation on Russia’s actions – what it has or hasn’t done, what it might do – is a major political topic; the guesswork is deafening. Is Russia as cohesive a force as we think? To what degree have their threats ...

Carrie Goldberg

Victims’ Rights Attorney | Author of Fairer Sex (Forthcoming)

Fighting for victims of harassment online and off, Carrie Goldberg is the tenacious lawyer we need in a post-Weinstein, #MeToo world. Profiled in a major New Yorker feature, and with a memoir and TV show in the works, this charismatic advocate ...