This week, several of the speakers and performers who will appear on-stage at the L2 Forum on November 6th and 7th (more information here) have made news in varied ways. An author, a musician, an entrepreneur, and a visual artist, these four men and women, between them, are experts in classical violin, human behavior, freeform drawing, brand marketing, millennials, and hand-written love letters.

Adam Alter, profiled on our blog earlier this month, is the author of the NYT’s best-selling book, “Drunk Tank Pink,” about the drivers of human behavior. He is also a professor at NYU Stern School of Business, where he teaches courses in marketing and psychology. This week, in a New Yorker blog post entitled “Why People Mistake Good Deals for Rip-Offs,” Alter analyzed Banksy’s recent street sale in New York City, where the graffiti artist offered valuable originals to passersby for a tiny fraction of their market price.


A lot of musicians are billed with superlatives like “best”-this and “most”-that, but Juilliard-trained violinist Amadéus Leopold is a person who really lives up to those descriptions. This week, Leopold’s new music video debuted on MTV–not something a lot of classical musicians get to say. Below, a teaser trailer of Leopold’s video, in which he performs an original composition by Niccolò Paganini that dates back to 1809:

Hannah Brencher is only 25 years old, but unlike most millennials, she has her path pretty well figured out. Three years ago, Brencher started leaving hand-written love notes all around New York City. Encouraged by positive feedback for the project on her personal blog, she launched, a digital platform that facilitates–on a now global scale–the old-fashioned art of putting pen and paper. This week, Brencher, who has become an inspirational speaker to many young people, and women, in particular, published a moving and personal column on The Huffington Post called “I’m Not Going to Tell You You’re Beautiful.”

Shantell Martin doesn’t just exhibit her art, she brings it to life in front of an audience. Each time she draws, she creates a unique piece that reflects the energy of the people in the room–and her reaction to them. Her trademark thick black marker draws big sweeping shapes, usually against a plain white backdrop. Whether her canvas is a piece of paper or the shirt she’ll wear tomorrow, Martin draws where she is in the moment, and the results, along with the process, are inspiring. In this new video and profile published online by The New Yorker, Martin, among other things, explains the interesting reason why she prefers using black ink to color.

For more information on attending the L2 Forum, please visit our event site or contact Event Manager Sierra Schaller.

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