Justin Lee is the author of Talking Across the Divide: How to Communicate with People You Disagree With and Maybe Even Change the World (Penguin Random House, 2018) and an experienced public speaker with more than 20 years of real-world experience building bridges between people who disagree.
From 2001–2017, Justin ran an influential LGBTQ advocacy organization that worked primarily in conservative religious spaces—the largest of its kind. His first book on the subject, Torn, made him a well-known figure in those communities, with a reputation for bringing conservatives and progressives together despite their differences.
Today, Justin applies the same principles to non-religious topics such as diversity, inclusion, political polarization, and resolving interpersonal disputes.
Justin’s ability to speak to audiences on both sides of the aisle has made him a go-to speaker for audiences as varied as healthcare workers, city planners, parents’ groups, political activists, university students, and faith leaders.
Justin can cater a talk to your group’s specific needs. But if you’re having trouble deciding what sort of talk you want, here are some suggestions:
- Secrets to Building Team Unity
- Aimed at managers and leaders, this talk focuses on practical, proven ways to help today’s teams turn their differences into strengths in a world where old team-building strategies may no longer be effective.
- Connecting Across Our Divides
- As polarization makes our disagreements and differences more divisive than ever, how do we find shared humanity and genuine connection—even with the people we find most frustrating? This talk is appropriate for all audiences.
- Handling the Hydra: Making an Impact in a Polarized World
- For audiences who want to change minds, not just build connections (e.g. activists, healthcare professionals, policymakers, etc.), this talk builds on scientific research and real-world examples to show the most effective tools for persuasion and how to overcome stubbornness and objections.