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Luvvie Ajayi Jones

Luvvie Ajayi Jones is a two-time New York Times bestselling author, podcast host, and sought-after speaker who thrives at the intersection of humor, media, and justice. Her critically acclaimed books Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual and I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual were instant bestsellers and established her as a literary force with a powerful blogging veteran, Luvvie writes on her site, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, 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 6million views.

She’s an internationally recognized speaker who takes on dozens of stages every year around the globe and has spoken at some of the world’s most innovative companies and conferences, including Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, MAKERS, SXSW. Luvvie connects with her audience through her social network, LuvvNation, a space for elevated conversations. It serves as a safe space in a dumpster fire world and has over 14,000 members. She has received numerous accolades including being chosen by Oprah Winfrey as part of her inaugural SuperSoul100 list as someone who “elevates humanity.” Her alma mater, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, honored her with the Outstanding Young Alumni Award and the Council of Urban Professionals presented her with their Breakthrough Award.

Her work has been featured in outlets such as The New York Times, NPR, Forbes, Inc, Fortune, Essence, Chicago Tribune, and more. She hosts a podcast called Professional Troublemaker where she has amazing conversations with trailblazers who have committed to living life loudly, with courage and conviction. 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.