and safer, satisfying sex!
and safer, satisfying sex!
Dr. Laurie Mintz is an author, therapist, professor, and speaker whose life’s work has been committed to helping people live more authentic, meaningful, joyful—and sexually satisfying—lives.
As an Emeritus Professor at the University of Florida, she teaches Psychology of Human Sexuality to hundreds of undergraduate students each year. Mintz has published over 50 research articles in academic journals and six chapters in academic books. She has received numerous professional and teaching awards. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association, indicating that her work has had a positive national influence on the field of psychology. In 2023, she was named one of Forbes “50 over 50” woman innovators.
She is the author of two popular press books—both written with the aim of empowering women sexually and both with published studies demonstrating that readers enhance their sexual functioning: Becoming Cliterate: Why Orgasm Equality Matters and How to Get It (HarperOne, 2017) and A Tired Woman’s Guide to Passionate Sex (Adams Media, 2009). With this same goal of providing scientifically accurate, sex-positive information to enhance female pleasure, Dr. Mintz gives presentations and workshops to professionals and lay audiences, including a TEDx talk with over two million views. She maintains an active social media presence and is often quoted in national and international media.
For over 30 years, Dr. Mintz has also maintained a small private practice, working with both individuals and couples on general and sexual issues. One of her greatest honors is supporting her clients during difficult times, as well as helping them make positive changes and reach life goals.
Becoming Cliterate: Closing the Orgasm Gap
Keynote, 60 minutes
In this entertaining and engaging talk, Dr. Laurie Mintz uses startling statistics and poignant real-life stories to expose the orgasm gap—the fact that during heterosexual sexual encounters, cisgender men are having way more orgasms than cisgender women. In this talk, Dr. Mintz also reveals the cultural causes for this gap and provides inspiration and encouragement to take a stand against these societal issues. She also provides solutions to close the gap in individual bedrooms, using tried-and-true skills based in sex therapy. Using both humor and science, Dr. Mintz explains how students can benefit from applying the following rhyming advice to close the orgasm gap and enhance their sexual pleasure: Meditate, Masturbate, Vibrate, Lubricate, Communicate! The presentation of these scientifically supported techniques will assure that all attendees—not just the heterosexual cisgender students impacted by the orgasm gap—will benefit.
In this presentation, Dr. Mintz also draws clear connections between pleasure equality and sexual consent. She also explains how feeling entitled to pleasure in the bedroom can help enhance confidence in other areas of life, or, in other words, how empowerment in the bedroom leads to confidence in the boardroom and beyond. Attendees will leave this presentation more sexually knowledgeable and confident, and inspired to be part of the sexual revolution for pleasure equality.
Trends in College Student Sexuality: What’s Better, What’s Worse, and What to Do About It
Keynote, 60 minutes
In 2017, Dr. Laurie Mintz wrote an award-winning book, Becoming Cliterate, which was lauded as being revolutionary. Indeed, many sources credit Dr. Mintz and this book for exposing the gendered orgasm gap—and for starting a new sexual revolution for orgasm equality. In this presentation, Dr. Mintz demonstrates that while today more college students are aware of the orgasm gap, few are applying this knowledge to their own sex lives.
She also overviews new and disturbing trends in college student sexuality, including the high percentage of women experiencing sexual pain, as well as alarming numbers of women experiencing scary sex and sexual coercion. She discusses an overall decrease in sexual activity among college students and possible reasons for this trend. She also points to research showing more college students are engaging in kinky sex, some without adequate safety measures. She notes the trend of an increase in students identifying as non-heterosexual and non-gender binary—despite increasing fear among GLBTQ+ students given the current cultural and political climate. She also reveals the prevalence of racial stereotyping in hookup sex. Throughout this presentation, Dr. Mintz engages attendees with anonymous polling technology to confirm these trends on their own campuses. Importantly, empowering strategies to continue to close the orgasm gap and to intervene with troubling new trends are presented.
Everything a Sex Therapist Wishes You Knew About Sex
Keynote + Q&A, 60-90 minutes
Without scientifically sound sex education, young people turn to media and porn for their sex information. While media and porn can be entertaining and titillating, it is not education. Indeed, while there are mixed results across studies on the effects of porn (i.e., some negative, some positive, and some mixed), one finding is consistent: when young people use porn as a role model, problems ensue. In this funny but compelling presentation, Dr. Mintz overviews some of the false images perpetuated by the media and porn, and the problems they cause in real life—including sexual pain, erectile dysfunction, and body-image self-consciousness during sexual intimacy. Dr. Mintz also replaces these falsehoods with truths that have the power to heal self-consciousness and enhance sexual functioning. Using her characteristic combination of candid information and humor, Dr. Mintz reveals the truth about a variety of topics college students have false information about including (but not limited to):
Dr. Mintz saves plenty of time for questions and provides a platform for these to be asked anonymously—though she is so outstanding in creating a feeling of openness and safety in her presentations that many students will feel comfortable to ask their questions out loud. Students will leave this presentation with the knowledge and skills to make informed and safe sexual decisions and to experience satisfying and mutually pleasurable sex.
Communication: The Bedrock to Make Your Bed (and Life) Rock
Keynote, 60 minutes
In this informative and entertaining presentation, Dr. Laurie Mintz teaches attendees the most important skill they can possess across all life situations: communication. Indeed, as Dr. Mintz elucidates, good communication is essential to good relationships, good sex, and a successful career, yet it is a skill we receive almost no formal training in. This presentation points out some common myths about communication, replacing these falsehoods with more accurate beliefs. Eight essential and life-changing communication skills (including both listening skills and talking skills) are presented and demonstrated. Finally, good sexual communication—which is simply a subset of good general communication—is detailed. Sexual communication skills to use outside the bedroom, before sex, during sex, and after sex are provided. Attendees will leave this presentation better able to listen to others and to speak their mind in effective ways, across multiple life scenarios and situations.
I have never worked with such a dedicated, talented speaker. Dr. Mintz speaks on a topic (female sexual pleasure) that makes many people uncomfortable. However, the way that Dr. Mintz approaches the topic—with honesty, knowledge, humor, and genuine relatability—puts even the most reticent audience members at ease. At several points in her speech, she received rounds of applause, such as after making especially important points or making a particularly funny joke. Her natural ability to create a shared consciousness among attendees was unparalleled. She received a standing ovation at the close of her talk.
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