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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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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.  
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.
Ellen Bennett

Culinary Entrepreneur | Founder and CEO of Hedley & Bennett

Ellen Bennett was working as a cook at one of LA’s busiest restaurants, tying on a $5 apron before hitting the line. Years later, this self-starting culinary entrepreneur is the founder and CEO of Hedley & Bennett, an apron company/brand beloved by the likes of Martha Stewart and Momofuku’s David Chang. 
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.
 
 
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.
David Fleischer

Director of Leadership Lab | Community Activist

Prejudice is on the rise. Isn’t it? If so, then speaker David Fleischer is doing the impossible: reducing prejudice by knocking on strangers’ doors and offering them the opportunity to form new opinions. The effect is tangible—real, data-verified change. And he’ll teach you how to make it happen, too.  

 

 
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.
 
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 from 2013 to 2018. As an in-demand speaker, she touches on resonant issues that have defined her historic career.