Keynote Speakers for the 2015 National Conference

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Jessica LaheyJessica Lahey

Tuesday, February 3
Jessica Lahey is an educator, writer, parent and speaker. She writes the "Parent-Teacher Conference" advice column for the New York Times Motherlode blog and her work appears regularly in The Atlantic and Vermont Public Radio. Her article, "Why Parents Need to Let Their Children Fail," went viral in early 2013 and became the genesis of her forthcoming book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. Jessica earned a J.D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a concentration in juvenile and education law.


Dr. Scott CowenDr. Scott Cowen

Wednesday, February 4
Dr. Scott Cowen is president emeritus and distinguished university professor at Tulane University and was named one of the top college presidents in the nation by Time. He has been a leader in New Orleans’ recovery from Hurricane Katrina, and has been widely praised for helping to transform New Orleans’ K-12 public schools and health care system after the storm.  Dr. Cowen was also a member of the White House Council for Community Solutions, which advised President Barack Obama on the needs of disconnected youth.


Deborah Giboa, MDDeborah Gilboa, MD

Thursday, February 5
Deborah Gilboa, MD, is an industry-leading parenting expert, family physician, international speaker, author, and media expert. She developed the “3 R’s of Parenting” to empower parents to raise Respectful, Responsible, and Resilient kids. As a working professional and mother of four, she gives straightforward advice (with a dose of humor) that helps parents wade through the stress, doubt and guilt they ALL feel at one time or another. Her newest book, Get the Behavior You Want ... Without Being the Parent You Hate! Dr. G’s Guide to Effective Parenting, is a candid discussion of 60 key challenges parents face today.


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