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Education Speaker Series - ESS


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Education Speaker Series - ESS
We are still finalizing plans for this year's Education Speaker Series, but we are happy to announce our confirmed speakers thus far. Please note that some dates are subject to change. A full program listing, including discussion topics, will be available soon.
This year's program will be a combination of in-person and virtual events. The fall events will be held via Zoom with spring events (starting in January) will be in person. Unless noted otherwise, all programs begin at 7:30 pm. Reserve your spot today!
September 28, 2021
Christine Carter, Ph.D

A highly acclaimed leadership coach and sociologist at the University of California Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Christine Carter, Ph.D., melds research — including the latest findings in neuroscience, sociology, and social psychology — with her own real-world experiences as the mother of four teenagers. In this Q&A, she’ll give parents and educators realistic ways to help preteens, teens and college-age students find focus and fulfillment.

October 12, 2021
Allison Briscoe-Smith, Ph.D
Dr. Briscoe-Smith earned her undergraduate degree from Harvard University.  She then received her clinical psychology Ph.D. from the University of California Berkeley. She then went on to continue her specialization in trauma and ethnic minority mental health through internship and postdoctoral work at the University of California San Francisco/San Francisco General Hospital.  She has combined her love of teaching and advocacy by serving as a professor and by directing mental health programs for children experiencing trauma, homelessness, or foster care.  Much of her work has been with schools, as a clinician, consultant, and trainer.  Currently, she is the Director of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the Wright Institute where she is a professor. She provides consultation and training to bay area nonprofits and schools on how to support trauma-informed practices and cultural accountability.  
November 2, 2021
Ron Lieber, New York Times Money Columnist
Ron Lieber is the author of The Opposite of Spoiled: Raising Kids Who Are Grounded, Generous, and Smart About Money, which was an instant New York Times and Wall Street Journal bestseller when it was released in 2015. “The Price You Pay for College: An Entirely New Roadmap for the Biggest Financial Decision Your Family Will Ever Make,” was published by HarperCollins in January 2021.
January 25, 2022
Mike Robbins, author and leadership expert

Mike Robbins is the author of five books, Focus on the Good StuffBe Yourself Everyone Else is Already TakenNothing Changes Until You Do, and, Bring Your Whole Self to Work, which have been translated into fifteen different languages.  His fifth book, We're All in This Together: Creating a Team Culture of High Performance, Trust, and Belonging, came out in 2020. Mike is an expert in teamwork, leadership, and emotional intelligence.

March 1, 2022
Natasha Singh, Sexual Literacy Educator

As an educational consultant and sexual literacy educator, Natasha believes that community-wide transformation can happen when parents, schools, and kids have shared language and tools. For these reasons, her approach is multi-pronged and rooted in connecting to various parts of a community: she works with schools to implement curriculum; she trains faculty to navigate conversations about consent and sexual harm prevention; she teaches parents how to scaffold conversations about sexuality so that they can have ongoing conversations with their kids; she teaches students (from 4th-12th grade) a range of topics including sexual ethics, anti-racism, effective communication, healthy friendships/healthy relationships, racial/sexual stereotypes, media/porn literacy, gender literacy, masculinity … plus a whole lot more.