Speaking

Engaging Audiences Around the Globe

Whether you are looking for a keynote speech or a full or half-day workshop, Lainey Feingold’s presentations are engaging, fun, packed with stories and full of up-to-date and relevant content. Workshops are interactive and every presentation invites audience participation. Lainey’s passion and depth of knowledge have made her a popular speaker across the globe.

Lainey has spoken to public interest and business lawyers, web designers, developers, accessibility teams, mediators and advocates, and corporate decision-makers. She has engaged law students across the United States and Canada. And she has run workshops for accessibility, legal, and disability rights communities in Spain, Australia, and New Zealand as well as in the United States.

Since publication of her book, Structured Negotiation, a Winning Alternative to Lawsuits in late 2016, Lainey has delivered more than 100 talks and workshops on subjects related to digital accessibility, collaborative problem-solving, and disability rights. The second edition of the book was published in October 2021, providing renewed opportunities for presentations on digital accessibility and the tools and strategies of Structured Negotiation.

Of course, during the pandemic Lainey is delivering talks and trainings virtually!

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Why Lainey?

Lainey is a pioneer in both the digital accessibility legal space and in collaborative problem-solving. Since 1995, she has negotiated close to 100 ground-breaking settlement agreements in the digital accessibility legal space – all without filing a single lawsuit. She has been recognized as both the Problem Solver of the Year and a Legal Rebel by the American Bar Association.

In 2000, Lainey helped negotiate the first web accessibility agreement in the United States, with Bank of America. Since that time, she and her clients and co-counsel have engaged in win-win collaborations with organizations as varied as Major League Baseball, the American Cancer Society, the City and County of San Francisco, Patreon, and CVS.

Lainey brings this history, and her skills as a bridge builder and powerful storyteller, to every presentation. This, along with her ability to present negotiation strategy, accessibility best practices, and legal issues in an understandable and engaging way for any audience, are the pillars of her popularity as a speaker.

We were thrilled to have Lainey join our User Experience Masters students at the University of Toronto to speak to our class of budding inclusive designers! Lainey took the time and care to tailor her talk to the audience and used plain language free of legal and technical jargon. Students were captivated by the stories from her many years of experience, and as instructors we felt honoured to host an accessibility “elder” who greatly influenced our own journeys in this field.
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Catherine Braeken and Jane Motz Hayes, University of Toronto Faculty of Information | Accessibility and Inclusive Design Course faculty

Testimonials

For the second year in a row, Lainey Zoomed into my Disability Access seminar to speak with my students about the ethical issues in the web accessibility space. The students loved their time together. She was clear and engaging, and facilitated a great discussion which continued for an hour after she left the class. Would highly recommend her to others for speaking engagements!

Ruth Colker Distinguished University Professor and Heck-Faust Memorial Chair in Constitutional Law Moritz College of Law The Ohio State University

Lainey is an incredible teacher. She co-developed and taught a Continuing Legal Education program about using Structured Negotiation to achieve health care coverage for transgender people. Her generosity and expertise shone at every step of the process from developing & delivering the workshop to debriefing. I learned a lot and do my best to use it in day-to-day practice. She is a wonderful teacher.

Ezra Cukor, Senior Staff Attorney, Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF)

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Highlight reel from Lainey’s workshop in Vitoria, Basque Country Spain (2019)

Upcoming Speaking Events

  • Disability Inclusion and Accessibility in Conflict Resolution

    June 2, 2022 at 12:00 pm (Pacific)

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Check out details of Lainey’s upcoming and past events

Lainey speaking in Sydney
Lainey Feingold during presentation
Lainey on a panel at UNSW Legislation Policy Digital Inclusion

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    This page is about Lainey Feingold as a public speaker. There is a video on the page about a training Lainey did in Spain.  There are also quotes from people who have heard Lainey speak. One person said they were surprised that a legal session could be fun.  Lainey has given talks around the world.  She speaks about Structured Negotiation and  digital access. She also talks about disability rights and ethics. Structured Negotiation helps people solve problems without conflict. Access is about making sure tech works for disabled people. Lainey’s talks are for anyone interested in cooperation and a more inclusive world.