Speaking Engagements

I frequently give talks to a variety of organizations that are interested in understanding how people’s social contexts and identities influence how they make sense of the world around them, as well as how to use behavioral science research to improve (equity in) organizational and societal outcomes.

Academic Talk Topics

Academic departments that are interested in scheduling me as a colloquium speaker, please contact Jill Hartery (jh2572@cornell.edu).

My academic talks focus on the latest research being conducted in my lab and, in 2023, will be organized around one of the following two themes (though the details in the talks are tailored to the audience):

  • Meaning-making and Motivation in Unequal Societies
  • The (Meta) Science of Social Change

Non-Academic Talk Topics

Organizations outside of academia that are interested in scheduling me as a speaker, please contact Stacia Whalen (swhalen@penguinrandomhouse.com).

My talks outside of academic contexts tend to focus on broader bodies of behavioral science research that can be applied to help the audience and institution understand and/or address a pressing or otherwise timely issue that is relevant to them. Below are a few examples of some talk topics:

  • Institutional and Social Interventions for Motivating Behavior Change
  • From Diversity Signaling to Actual Diversification: Systematic Solutions for Improving And Sustaining Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Organizations
  • What We Have—And Have Not—Learned from Inequities in COVID-19

Talk sessions at organizations are customized to the sector and organizational goals. Sessions can be tailored for and delivered to senior leadership or management, or to workers or other stakeholders who are interested in learning more to achieve an institutional goal. I have conducted these sessions with groups and organizations across a range of sectors, including companies, education organizations, governments, non-governmental organizations, health agencies, and public policy entities both in the U.S. and in other nations.

Session formats range from large keynote lectures (e.g., 60-90 minute sessions consisting of a talk followed by a question and answer period) for full teams in the organization to smaller intensive workshops and discussions with key leaders or team members on how to use the scientific evidence (in combination with their own data) to improve outcomes and evaluate the effects of their efforts.