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Interview: Jon Levy for SUCCESS

Jon Levy found out he was dyslexic as a kid. As a result, he says, “I didn’t really have the option to read, write and take notes in the same way as everybody else. I had to develop different ways and different skills to cope.” To compensate, he says, he developed social skills.

A couple of decades later, Levy applied those social skills to create the Influencers Dinner, a now-global series of events that brings together 12 guests to cook and dine together, during which they guess each other’s careers.

Guests have ranged from Olympians and celebrities to scientists, Nobel laureates, artists and corporate executives. There have been more than 300 Influencers Dinners in 11 cities and four countries to date.

These events are just one avenue of influence for Levy, the author of You’re Invited: The Art and Science of Connection, Trust, and Belonging and The 2 AM Principle: Discover the Science of Adventure. As a researcher with Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, Levy led a 2019 study that analyzed a dataset of more than 421 million potential matches between users of an online dating app to predict “synchronization and similarity in dating preferences.”

Applied behavioral science, Levy notes, is all about translating research about behavior and applying it to real-world scenarios—something that can help leaders thrive. Here’s how.

Read the full interview at SUCCESS magazine.


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