Lavinia Thanapathy

Inspiring Confidence & Agility in Unprecedented Times

Meet Lavinia Thanapathy

LinkedIn Top Voices | TEDx Speaker | Change Champion

Lavinia is a sought-after motivational speaker and media commentator on change leadership, public speaking and overcoming imposter syndrome.

With Covid-19 shaking up businesses around the world, Lavinia’s “Embrace the Crazy” Keynote and TEDx is helping people in organisations around the world to develop habits to turn resistance to resilience. She was named one of LinkedIn’s Top Voices 2020 for her thought leadership on change during the Corona Pandemic.

A lawyer by training and a branding expert by profession, Lavinia is the co-editor and co-author of the bestseller “Unleash Your Voice: Powerful Public Speaking for Every Woman.” Her “Unleash” Keynote helps to unlock the internal barriers that prevent people from achieving their full potential.

Lavinia has served with distinction on several non-profit Boards. She was a three-term President at PrimeTime Business & Professional Women’s Association and has served as Honorary Secretary at HCA Hospice Care. She is the founding chair for Inspiring Girls in Singapore and regularly also speaks on topics around raising girls. She most recently stepped down as Vice President at the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) where she represented Singapore on the world stage at ASEAN and APEC meetings. She has received numerous awards for her work on creating an equal future.

Originally from Singapore, educated in Australia and the UK, she is currently based in Berlin, Germany. Lavinia is married to a senior German diplomat, and together they have 5 children ranging in ages from 10 to 30.

Lavinia embodies the power of Embracing the Crazy!  

Keynote Themes

Inspiring Confidence & Agility in Unprecedented Times

Embrace the Crazy

A powerful keynote that motivates audiences to embrace change and develop habits of change to better deal with the emotional toll that change often takes. Real-life stories filled with ideas that inspire action, this keynote can energise your people and elevate your event. As Lavinia says: “With time and timing, all things are possible.” ▶️ 

Unleash Your Voice

This energetic keynote is based on an eponymous book Lavinia co-wrote about the power of public speaking. Companies thrive on innovation and having people in teams who can articulate their ideas confidently can break the quagmire of group-think in teams and help accelerate individual careers. After hearing Lavinia, your audience will be inspired & equipped to get up and share their ideas more confidently. Available as a keynote and a workshop. There is more information about the book below.

Overcoming Imposter Syndrome

Many high performing professionals suffer from the Imposter Syndrome and this keynote addresses the habits that anyone can practice to overcome imposter syndrome. Access Lavinia’s LinkedIn article on Imposter Syndrome here. 

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Changing the World


Lavinia has dedicated over 2 decades to creating an equal future through her work on non-profit boards. She is an advocate for gender equality and a new way of raising fabulous & fearless girls. She is the Founding Chair of Inspiring Girls Singapore and a former Vice President of the Singapore Council of Women’s Organisations (SCWO) and a former President of PrimeTime Business & Professional Women’s Association.

Contact Lavinia to secure her for your live or virtual conference keynote or panel discussion.

An Equal Future

Lavinia is a Speaker, Moderator and Panelist on topics of gender diversity and women in leadership. She has spoken at ASEAN (Association of Southeast Asian Nations), European Union and at corporate conferences and events.  ▶️ 

Raising Girls

Lavinia speaks to parents and girls about the early changes to thinking and habits that can help girls to continue to be fearless and fabulous into adulthood. Her talks are full of “sticky” ideas that are memorable and actionable to help families raise daughters who are ready & resilient for an uncertain future. ▶️ 

Unleash Your Voice Book

Powerful Public Speaking for Every Woman

Expressing your ideas accelerates your career.

Speaking onstage spreads your reach and impact.

You may simply want to speak more effectively in a meeting or with more impact at a business conference.

You may wish to be a powerful professional speaker or even speak at TED.

However high you aim, this book is for you.

Buy the Book on Amazon or Book Depository and selected bookstores around the world.

“When this book falls into your hands, know that its time to take your place onstage, to lead, to unleash your voice.”
Frederik Härén
The Global Keynote Speaker

Lavinia in the News

Lavinia Has Inspired Change For Brands Around The World

“Lavinia has a great engaging personality, a key for any speaker, and she is a thorough professional. She connects with the audience naturally with her funny anecdotes. She offers unique insights and keeps it simple and relevant. She left the audience with memorable ideas that they could put into practice immediately.”
Jaishankar Srinivasan
Managing Director, Group COO, Deutsche Bank Singapore
“Lavinia is fabulous on stage! She has so much experience and insight to share and she speaks seamlessly and in harmony with the moderator and other panelists. It was a tough crowd after a big outdoor stage performance, and we were delighted with how engaged the audience was with the panel! We all enjoyed working with Lavinia and would love to have her on our stage again!”
Charlotte Nors
Managing Director Singapore Repertory Theatre
"The overwhelming feedback from the girls and their parents was that they had been inspired and energized. And more importantly that they were leaving with a clear map of the possibilities for what their future could look like."
Shehara Viswanathan
Lead Advisory Cisco APJC Co-Lead Women of Cisco Singapore
“Lavinia is one of the most engaging, empowering and captivating speaker you will come across, her talk makes you feel energised and ready to tackle whatever is in front of you!”
Sabrina Ho
Founder & CEO, Half the Sky
"Lavinia's eloquent, frank and authentic style really shines through in all of her talks. She is a great speaker and an outstanding role model for women and girls!"
Carolyn Chin-Parry
IT Woman of the Year, PwC Digital Innovation Leader
“Every single participant I spoke to was so impressed and inspired by your talk. I feel so blessed to have been able to have you as our guest speaker for our annual Women at Accor event.”
Veronique Auger Nel
Director of Communications & CSR, Asia Pacific Accor Hotels

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