Luvvie Ajayi Jones is a New York Times bestselling author, sought-after speaker and podcast host who thrives at the intersection of comedy, technology and justice.
Her debut book, I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, is the good, yet snarky angel on your shoulder, in print. The essay collection was an instant bestseller when it was released in 2016, and firmly established Luvvie as a literary force. She is currently working on her second book: The Fear-Fighter Manual, slated to be released in 2021.
A 17-year blogging veteran, Luvvie writes on AwesomelyLuvvie.com, covering all things culture with a critical yet humorous lens. Her singular voice and trademark wit are what she uses to speak truth to power across media platforms.
Luvvie’s work as a culture critic and activist has brought her much acclaim. She was selected as a part of Oprah Winfrey’s inaugural SuperSoul 100 list, as someone who “elevates humanity.”
Luvvie is an internationally-recognized speaker with a highly popular TED Talk, Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable, which has over 4.8 million views and has been transcribed into 22 languages). She has appeared on stages all over the world including Barbados, France, Ireland, Czech Republic, The Netherlands, Kenya, South Africa and Spain to name a few. She’s been a featured speaker at noted conferences such as: Cannes Lions, SXSW, Leadercast, 3% Conference, MAKERS Conference. Luvvie has also spoken at some of the world’s most innovative and disruptive brands, such as Google, Facebook, Microsoft, Twitter, Spotify, Nike, Bank of America, Deloitte, and Clif Bar.
The University of Illinois alum is a sought-after speaker, host and correspondent who leverages her background in marketing, communications and new media.
With her gift of gab, Luvvie is the host of a podcast, Rants & Randomness, where she drives conversation about life, lessons and the pursuit of always doing better. In it, she drops gems and interviews changemakers such as Bozoma Saint John, Ruth E. Carter, Jemele Hill, Richelieu Dennis and Jenifer Lewis. Rants & Randomness has over 2 million downloads, was chosen as “New & Noteworthy” by Apple Podcasts and featured in their “BOLD WOMEN” collection. It was chosen as a “featured podcast” by Spotify, and a “Must Listen” by NPR. Luvvie is also the co-host of the hugely popular podcast Jesus and Jollof, with Insecure’s Yvonne Orji. That podcast’s live show was in front of a sold-out audience at the legendary Apollo Theater.
Every month, Luvvie reaches hundreds of thousands of her followers across social media, empowering, enlightening and inspiring them to do better. Luvvie also connects with her audience through her curated social network, LuvvNation, where she is the go-to source for elevated conversations about all things buzzworthy. The platform is at almost 10,000 members strong!
Luvvie has earned the trust of those who follow her work, making her a coveted ambassador for brands she respects and has an affinity for. She has worked on campaigns with dynamic corporations such as Disney, NetFlix, Proctor & Gamble, Airbnb, Consumer Reports, AARP, Chase, to name a few.
At the base of it all, Luvvie is a teacher who wants to help people feel more powerful about their capabilities and the possibilities. This is why she launched The Do-Better Academy (DBA), an online platform which offers courses to help people thrive professionally. Her Public Speaking Masterclass helps people realize their dreams of being compelling speakers who are paid for their time and value.
Luvvie 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.
Luvvie‘s work and journey from blogger to content creator to speaker to author to media entrepreneur has been featured in a variety of the world’s most notable outlets: The New York Times, Fortune, Inc, NPR, Forbes, Essence, Good Housekeeping, Elle, Marie Claire, The Chicago Sun-Times and more. She’s also been a contributor for some of these outlets, bringing her voice to their platform.
Born in Nigeria, bred in Chicago and comfortable everywhere, Luvvie is committed to creating content and doing work that informs, inspires and convicts others to make positive change. What started as a hobby has become a global business and has allowed her to help people in more ways than she could have ever imagined. Her professional troublemaking is all in the hopes of leaving people feeling more powerful than they ever have, using her life and her story as the anchor.
Her love language is shoes. Her superpower is her side-eye.
P.S. “Ajayi” is pronounced just like it’s spelled. AH-JAH-YEE.