We Were Never Taught to Love
Based on “How To Be You,” Jeffrey tells deeply personal stories of being rejected at home and school. The result? An intense conviction that the only gateway to understand how to love in general is to learn love for yourself. Jeffrey tells dynamic stories of daily messages from people who are suicidal and yet have decided to live because of Jeffrey’s work. This talk pulls apart the intensity of self-hate and gives practical everyday tips for leading a loving life.
Genderqeueer? Demisexual? You don’t need a label.
Beyond the feel-good but sometimes vacuous cry of “be yourself!” the ways we use labels can have unforeseen consequences. Often, Jeffrey’s social followers expect their “right label” to cure them and be a total panacea. It doesn’t work that way. Through research and personal stories, Jeffrey presents the ways labels and categories do more harm than good, and how labels that seem empowering can ultimately divide and conquer us.
The mastermind behind the Vans Warped Tour is working to FEND off the opioid epidemic in America.
He pioneered the successful integration of corporate sponsors with the extreme lifestyle, creating a blueprint for sponsorship integration widely duplicated in the marketplace today. Kevin’s production agency, 4Fini, uses this blueprint to produce some of the most influential events in the world including branded festivals and custom events.
Lately he has been involving himself with lifestyle start-ups like Saint Archer Brewery, Good Dye Young, Plus Ultra bamboo products and Villager products.
After the Vans Warped tour he will begin teaching as an associate professor at the University of Sothern California and focus on the FEND (Full, Energy, No, Drugs) opioid education movement.
For his philanthropic efforts, Lyman was recognized as the Billboard Touring Awards Humanitarian of the Year (2009), an honoree at the Grammy/MusiCares MAP Fund Gala (2011 and 2014), was inducted into the Top Dog Touring Hall of Fame at the Tour Link Conference (2012), and will receive the TJ Martell Foundation Humanitarian Award (2016).
He will be honored at the 2018 Fest Forum as the man of the year in November 2018.