4 New Leading Authorities’ Speakers For 2020 & 2021 Events


Are you looking for a speaker who’s just hit the lecture circuit to drum up excitement around your 2019 or 2020 event? Covering a unique set of topics, these exclusive speakers are sure to "wow" any audience. We're happy to welcome them to LAI. 


  • Lisa Sun, CEO and Founder of Gravitas
  • Michael Coates, Former Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Twitter and former Head of Security at Mozilla
  • E.J. Dionne, Jr.Washington Post Syndicated Columnist, Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, and Georgetown University Professor
  • James Williams, Research Associate at Oxford University, former Google strategist, and author of Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy 

Read on for more information on each of these new keynote speakers:


CEO & Founder of Gravitas

What would happen if you let go of fear, got off the sidelines, and jumped boldly into the game of life? Lisa Sun, founder and CEO of GRAVITAS, electrifies audiences as she unpacks this vital question in her moving, motivating, and empowering talks. Catalyzing confidence and inspiring innovation, Sun seamlessly blends stories from her personal journey with data and experience-driven insights from her 11 years at McKinsey & Company to offer talks that encourage audiences to choose self-confidence, work to harness their “superpower,” and use gravitas to advance personally and professionally. Learn more about Lisa here.


Former Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Twitter & Former Head of Security at Mozilla

For the past 15 years, Michael Cotes has led information security for some of the world’s biggest brands. He was most recently the Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) at Twitter, where he worked to protect nearly 300 million users and was responsible for securing Twitter systems and user data. Before his role at Twitter, Michael was Head of Security at Mozilla, protecting nearly half a billion Firefox users, Mozilla web applications, and infrastructure. In speeches, Coates talks about the ways technology has transformed every segment of our lives—from transportation, to medicine, to banking—and how it will continue to dramatically impact our future. Learn more about Michael here.


Washington Post Syndicated Columnist, Senior Fellow at The Brookings Institution, & Georgetown University Professor

E.J. Dionne is an internationally-recognized, award-winning journalist whose column appears in 250+ newspapers each week. Named among the 25 most influential journalists in Washington by National Journal, Dionne shares his up-to-the-minute, astute political observations to help audiences better understand the political climate in DC and beyond. Dionne brings thoughtful analysis, insider stories, and future-focused commentary to any discussion about the state of American politics. Learn more about E.J. here.


Research Associate at Oxford University, Former Google Strategist, & Author of The Book, Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy

James Williams worked for over 10 years at Google, where he received the Founder’s Award for his work on search advertising. Becoming concerned about the reach of technology, he left Google and joined Oxford to study the impact of technology on human beings. He recently published Stand Out of Our Light: Freedom and Resistance in the Attention Economy, an instant hit which the President of Princeton University selected as the 2019 book all incoming freshmen must read. Williams speaks about persuasive technology and its impact on human life, the ethics of technology and social media broadly, and how society and technology will co-evolve. Learn more about James here.


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