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I would love to connect with you about upcoming speaking opportunities.


I'm available to speak at in-person and virtual events, ranging from large conference keynotes to intimate book studies. Each talk is customized based on your needs and budget.

For more details on what these engagements look like, check out my upcoming and past speaking engagements, listed below. 

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  • Open Classroom with the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University
    Tue, Apr 18
    This webinar is for Brown School social work students and alumni. Focused on content from "Whole Child, Whole Life," this session will explore ways social workers can apply a whole child lens to their work, and unpack ten proven practices that enable young people and their families to thrive.
  • Roundtable on "Whole Child, Whole Life" for Forum for Youth Investment National Meeting
    Fri, May 12
    A decade ago, I left local practice to become a senior fellow with the Forum for Youth Investment. I look forward to their national meetings as places to connect with the country's most inspiring changemakers. This roundtable discussion will focus on my new book, Whole Child, Whole Life.
  • Keynote for the 2023 Iowa Education Conference
    Tue, Jun 13
    Des Moines
    The 2023 Iowa Education Conference (IEC) is designed to support school leadership teams, educators, and their organizational partners, to prepare all learners for their future at every step of their educational journey.
  • Keynote & Consulting for Molokai Public Schools
    Wed, Jan 04
    Moloka‘i, Hawaii, USA
    Molokai is where my education lineage begins. I am Native Hawaiian, and generations ago my aunties were teachers on Molokai. This January, I will travel to my "roots" to speak with and support educators across this island. This includes a keynote, community meetings, and student conversations.
  • In-Person Consulting at Waimea Canyon Middle School
    Wed, Dec 07
    This year, I'm supporting the Waimea Canyon school community as they develop a Portrait of a Middle School Learner. During this in-person time, we will refine the portrait and hold a series of community conversations. On-site professional development will focus on portrait implementation.
  • Keynote Speaker for Camp Fire Annual Conference
    Thu, Nov 17
    I am thrilled to be the opening keynote speaker for this year's Camp Fire virtual conference. Camp Fire is a national nonprofit and leader in positive youth development. Through local councils, Camp Fire offers school-year and summer programs focusing on inclusive fun and leadership development.
  • Facilitator for "Pathways to Economic Well-Being: The Youth Safety Net" YTFG Webinar
    Wed, Nov 16
    This Youth Transition Funders Group webinar features researchers from the Urban Institute, along with Family Values at Work. Across the US, millions of young people have caretaking responsibilities and are often heads of households. This conversation explores the benefits and protections they need.
  • Keynote Speaker for Illinois Eastern Community College
    Thu, Sep 29
    Illinois Eastern Community College
    I'm so excited to speak to teachers and counselors in the region where my children go to school. During this keynote address, I'll focus on how to prioritize student well-being this school year and the important connections between college and career readiness, and long and livable lives.
  • Panelist on "Preventing Youth Homelessness Series: The Role of Education"
    Tue, Sep 27
    I'll join colleagues as a panelist for this Funders Together to End Homelessness event to share a multi-funder initiative my colleague Maddy Day and I co-facilitate, which is focused on the educational success of youth who experience homelessness, foster care, and the justice system.
  • Facilitator for "Good Jobs for Young People" YTFG Webinar
    Wed, Sep 21
    As a YTFG staff consultant, I facilitate convos between some of the smartest education, employment, and workforce development leaders. This convo is co-hosted by the Families and Workers Fund and Workforce Matters, featuring Jobs For the Future and the National Youth Employment Coalition.
  • Edwardsville Book Festival
    Sun, Sep 18
    Finally! After launching a book from my basement two years ago, I get to be a part of an IRL book festival. This local festival draws readers and writers from across St. Louis and the Metro-East.
  • "Investing in Human Capital" Celebration Summit
    Fri, Jun 03
    O‘ahu, Hawaii, USA
    Education leaders from across the Hawaiian Islands have engaged in a year-long leadership course. This culminating event will celebrate their extraordinary efforts to support students and run schools during these challenging times.
  • Kupu Hou Academy
    Tue, May 31
    Futureproof: Designing Learning so Students can Thrive in a Changing and Challenging World is the theme of the 2022 Kupu Hou Academy, a four-day fully experiential professional development experience, which I will be co-facilitating with Kupu Hou staff, on beautiful Oahu, Hawaiʻi.
  • Southwest Advocates for Youth Services
    Wed, Apr 13
    Virtual Event
    Children's librarians do much more than choosing books for the shelves. They are a vital resource and support for the kids in your community. I'll be joining SWAY, a network of local youth librarians, to talk about what the research from Making It means for their community-based setting.
  • Speaker for the Hawaii P-20 Counseling & Advising Convening
    Thu, Apr 07
    Virtual Convening
    I'll be giving a new talk to Hawaii counselors and advisors, "Whole Child, Whole Life: What Today's Kids Need to Live, Learn, and Thrive." This builds from my latest research and writing, focused on what we can do to help kids thrive in changing and challenging times.
  • Sharing Strategies to Support Thriving Youth: A Convening of National Youth-Serving Organizations with Affiliates
    Thu, Apr 07
    Virtual Keynote
    This is a half-day summit hosted by Altria and the Forum for Youth Investment. Conversations will focus on how to help all young people thrive, and the role of afterschool and before-school programming in making sure that happens.
  • MELMAC Education Foundation Peer Learning Event
    Thu, Mar 31
    Virtual Event
    As Maine's largest education foundation, MELMAC Education Foundation supports many public school districts and career and technical education (CTE) programs throughout the state. In this peer learning event, MELMAC grantees will gather to share best practices and hard-earned wisdom of what works.
  • National Postsecondary Strategy Institute National Virtual Conference
    Thu, Mar 03
    Attracting college and career readiness teams from school districts across the US, the NPSI National Conference focuses on how to get all students ready for postsecondary success. NPSI core components are leadership, data strategy, and engagement school counselors as leaders.
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