Keynote Speaker

Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Born outside the box, bestselling author and professional troublemaker Luvvie Ajayi Jones will show you what it means to tackle your fear and live boldly.

Why she’s the right human

Selected for Oprah Winfrey’s inaugural Supersoul 100 list for “elevating humanity,” Luvvie is known for her wit, warmth, and perpetual truth-telling. Putting into words the thoughts few dare to say, she’s the author of two bestselling books “Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual” and “I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual.”

Whether it’s doing a TED Talk or jumping out of an airplane, Luvvie is facing her fear and living to tell about it. At Workhuman Live, she’ll share her unique approach to personal and professional growth, which will help you recognize that the things we must do to succeed are more significant than our fears.

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  • “Fear has a very concrete power of keeping us from doing and saying the things that are our purpose.”

    Luvvie Ajayi Jones

A little more about Luvvie for the road

Luvvie is a two-time New York Times bestselling author, sought-after speaker, and podcast host who thrives at the intersection of humor, media, and justice. An 18-year blogging veteran, Luvvie writes on, covering all things culture with a critical yet humorous lens. That same razor-sharp voice spurred her wildly popular TED talk “Get comfortable with being uncomfortable“ to over 7.5 million views.

A noted writer, she is published in several anthologies (You Are Your Best Thing, Hungry Hearts, Black Girls Rock) and has written for the New York Times, ELLE and Essence. In addition, her work has been featured in outlets such as NPR, Forbes, Inc, Fortune, Chicago Tribune and more. Luvvie was also featured in the documentary, She Did That, which showcases Black female entrepreneurs.

Luvvie is the host of a podcast of the same name as her book, Professional Troublemaker, where she is in conversation with changemakers and trailblazers who have committed to disrupting for the greater good. Luvvie also connects with her audience through her social network, LuvvNation, a space to build community, find courage, and get life and career cheat codes.

Born in Nigeria, bred in Chicago and comfortable everywhere, Luvvie enjoys laying around in her plush robe, eating a warm bowl of jollof rice in her free time. Her love language is shoes.

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