Raising Tweens and Teens:
Less drama. More joy.

A free online telesummit April 4-6, 2017

  • Have a hard time not taking your teen’s behavior personally?

  • Concerned about your teen’s depression or anxiety?

  • Weary of power struggles over digital media?

  • Confused about when to set limits and when to offer more freedom?

  • Longing for that simple connection you and your kids once shared?


Our exceptional speakers:

Byron Katie: Author, Loving What Is

Byron Katie is a speaker and and the author of Loving What Is. Since 1986, she has brought a powerful process of inquiry she calls The Work to millions of people across the world, at free public events, in prisons, hospitals, churches, corporations, universities, schools, at weekend workshops, at her amazing nine-day School for The Work, and through the Institute for The Work. TheWork.com

Dr. Dan Siegel: Author, Brainstorm, The Whole-Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline

Daniel J. Siegel is a clinical professor of psychiatry at the UCLA School of Medicine and the founding co-director of the Mindful Awareness Research Center at UCLA. Dr. Siegel pioneered the field of interpersonal neurobiology and and the concept of Mindsight. He is the author of Brainstorm: The Power and Purpose of the Teenage Brain and co-author of the New York Times bestsellers The Whole-Brain Child, No-Drama Discipline and Parenting from the Inside Out. Dr. Siegel has lectured for many distinguished audiences including the King of Thailand, Pope John Paul II, His Holiness the Dalai Lama, Google University, and London’s Royal Society of Arts.

Alanis Morissette: Musician, speaker, teacher, writer

Multiple grammy award-winner Alanis Morissette has become an impassioned, highly respected voice in the world of personal transformation. She speaks on health, psychology, and spirituality, encouraging her audience to develop greater connection and authenticity through her writings, interviews and podcast series. In this series, Alanis will speak on the topic of teens and eating disorders, sharing insights and support gleaned from her personal journey of recovery. Alanis.com

Prince Ea: Spoken word artist, poet, rapper and filmmaker

Prince Ea, is an American spoken word artist, poet, rapper and filmmaker. His YouTube videos have received over half a billion views, and cover a wide range of topics such as environmentalism, race, work–life balance and spirituality. When he’s not creating, he speaks at conferences and gives lectures to high school/university students nationwide, on the topics of self­-development, living your passion and the importance of being motivated and engaged in the classroom.

Rachel Macy Stafford: Author, Hands Free Mama, and Only Love Today

Rachel Macy Stafford is the author of the New York Times bestseller Hands Free Mama and the books Hands Free Life and Only Love Today. Rachel is a certified special education teacher who founded The Hands Free Revolution online community, helping people overcome distraction and perfection to live better and love more. Rachel’s post “The Day I Stopped Saying Hurry Up” ignited conversations with hundreds of thousands of parents about freeing ourselves from the vicious cycle of keeping up with our overstuffed agendas.

Michele Borba: author of UnSelfie

Dr. Michele Borba appears regularly in national print, radio and television as a go-to expert regarding child and teen issues. She is an educational psychologist and expert in bullying, character development, child behavior and empathy. Dr. Borba is an NBC contributor who has appeared regularly on the TODAY show and other shows including: Dateline, Dr. Phil, The View, NBC Nightly News, The Doctors, Dr. Oz, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, MSNBC, CNN and Dr. Drew. Dr. Borba is the author of over 20 books, including her newest: UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World. www.micheleborba.com

Rosalind Wiseman: Author, Queen Bees and Wannabes and Masterminds & Wingmen

Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying, social justice, and ethical leadership. Most famously the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World — the basis for the movie Mean Girls — she frequently appears on The Today Show and Anderson Cooper 360. She has been profiled in The New York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, USA Today, CNN, Good Morning America, and NPR. Her latest book is Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World.

Josh Shipp: Teen advocate and documentarian

Josh Shipp is a former at-risk foster kid turned teen advocate. His TV series Teen Trouble (A&E/Lifetime) documented his work with teens in crisis. Josh is the author of The Teen’s Guide to World Domination, named a CNN Young Person Who Rocks and was listed on INC Magazine’s 30 Under 30 list. He is a recognized teen expert for media outlets such as MTV, CNN, FOX, The New York Times, 20/20, and Good Morning America.

Dr. Lisa Damour: Author, Untangled

Dr. Lisa Damour directs Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls, writes a column for the New York Times’  Well Family online report, serves as a regular contributor to CBS News, maintains a private psychotherapy practice, consults and speaks internationally, and is a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University. Dr. Damour’s recent New York Times best seller, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood has been hailed by reviewers as a “wise, funny, highly insightful guide to the mysterious minefield of adolescence.”

Yvonne and Rich Dutra St. John: Co-founders, Challenge Day

Yvonne and Rich Dutra-St. John are the co-founders of Challenge Day, the extraordinary program featured on Oprah that allows teens from different backgrounds and affiliations to spend time getting to know one another. This worldwide phenomena has been hosted at over 2,200 schools, impacting the lives of 1.5 million students.

Jessica Morey: Executive Director, Inward Bound Mindfulness Education

Jessica Morey is Executive Director of Inward Bound Mindfulness Education. IBme hosts residential retreats for teens throughout the country, helping participants learn how to settle a busy mind, direct and sustain attention, investigate emotions and thoughts, cultivate compassion, and communicate with their peers.

Andres Gonzalez: Co-Founder, Holistic Life Foundation, Inc.

Andres Gonzalez has been the Co-Founder and Marketing Director for the Holistic Life Foundation, Inc. in Baltimore, MD since 2001.  For fifteen years, Andres has taught yoga to a diverse population and has partnered with John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Health and the Penn State’s Prevention Research Center on a Stress and Relaxation Study and is a published author in the Journal of Children’s Services. His work has been featured on Making a Difference on the NBC Nightly News as well as Mindful Magazine, Yoga Journal, Shambala Sun, and other publications.

Dr. Julianna Deardorff: Co-author, The New Puberty

Julianna Deardorff, Ph.D. is Associate Professor in the Division of Community Health Sciences, Maternal and Child Health program, in the School of Public Health at UC Berkeley. Dr. Deardorff is a clinical psychologist, with expertise in adolescent development and community-based interventions. Dr. Deardorff’s research and clinical work focuses on antecedents and consequences of girls’ early puberty. She also examines sexual behaviors and condom use during adolescence and related risk and protective factors, particularly among young Latinas.  She is co-author of the book, The New Puberty.

Dr. Louise Greenspan: Co-author, The New Puberty

Louise Greenspan, MD is a board-certified pediatric endocrinologist focusing on puberty, and an international leader in the field, works at Kaiser Permanente and is on the faculty at UC San Francisco. Dr Greenspan is an Investigator on the CYGNET study, part of the Breast Cancer and The Environment Research Program, and has received the Honor Thy Healer Award from Zero Breast Cancer for her work on this study. She is the author of multiple scientific articles on puberty and pediatric obesity, has a busy clinical practice, and is the co-author of The New Puberty: How to Navigate Development in Today’s Girls.

Dr. Johanna Olsen: Medical Director, Center for Transyouth Health and Development, CHLA

Johanna Olson, MD is an Adolescent Medicine physician specializing in the care of gender non-conforming children and transgender youth, and is considered a national expert in this area. Dr. Olson has been an Assistant Professor at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for the past nine years and is the Medical Director of CHLA’s Center for Transyouth Health and Development, which is the largest transgender youth clinic in the United States. Dr. Olson has appeared frequently on national television, and spoken all over the country to educate providers, parents, and other communities about the needs of transgender youth.

Deborah Rozman: President/CEO, HeartMath

Deborah Rozman has over thirty years of experience as a business executive, serial entrepreneur, psychologist, author, and educator. She has been involved with HeartMath since its inception, first as founding executive director of the non-profit Institute of HeartMath, then as executive vice president of HeartMath LLC, and for the past decade as founding director, President and CEO of HeartMath LLC.

Sarah McBride: National Press Secretary, Human Rights Campaign

Sarah McBride is the National Press Secretary for the Human Rights Campaign. In 2012, Sarah made national headlines when she came out as transgender while serving as student body president at American University. Sarah serves on the Board of Directors of Equality Delaware, the state’s primary LGBT-advocacy organization, helping lead the successful effort to add gender identity and expression to Delaware’s nondiscrimination and hate-crimes laws. Prior to working at HRC, Sarah worked on LGBTQ equality at the Center for American Progress and interned at the White House, the first out trans woman to do so. Sarah became the first openly transgender person to address a major party political convention when she spoke at the 2016 Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.

Dr. Michael Gurian: Author, The Wonder of Boys & The Wonder of Girls

Dr. Michael Gurian is the New York Times bestselling author of twenty eight books  including  The Wonder of Boys, The Wonder of Girls, Boys and Girls Learn Differently, and The Minds of Boys. Dr. Gurian has spoken for the United Nations on violence against women; provided information on boys’ and girls’ educational needs to the White House; and briefed Members of the 114th Congress on the boy crisis in America. He is the co-founder of the Gurian Institute which is committed to helping boys and girls reach their full potential by providing professional development that increases student achievement, teacher effectiveness, and parent involvement.

Amy Lang: Sexual health educator, Birds+Bees+Kids

Despite her 16 years of experience as a sexual health educator, Amy Lang found herself completely tongue-tied when her four year old son began asking questions about his body. Shocked by her discomfort, she realized if she was struggling, other parents must be too. She decided to combine her love of sex talking and her love of working with adults, and started Birds + Bees + Kids in 2006. Amy’s books include Birds + Bees + YOUR Kids – A Guide To Sharing Your Beliefs About Sexuality, Love and Relationships and Say What?! The Birds + Bees for Progressive Parents – What to Say and How to Say It! She has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Seattle Magazine, Parent Map magazine and many others.

Julie Lythcott-Haims: Author, How To Raise An Adult

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the author of the New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success. The book emerged from her decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen, where she fiercely advocaced for young adults and received the university’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for creating “the” atmosphere that defines the undergraduate experience. She was also known for her strong critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students. The book gave rise to a TED talk that became one of the top TED Talks of 2016 as well as a sequel due out in 2018. Julie’s memoir on race, Real American, will be out in Fall 2017. Julie is a graduate of Stanford University, Harvard Law School, and California College of the Arts.

Dr. Michael Hollander: Author, Helping Teens Who Cut

Dr. Hollander is a nationally recognized expert on the causation and treatment of self-injury. He has been treating adolescents and their families for over 40 years and has held numerous positions of clinical leadership at McLean Hospital. Dr. Hollander is a co-founder of McLean’s exceptional 3East dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) program, where he provides consultation to patients, family and staff. In addition to Dr. Hollander’s work at 3East, he is a senior supervisor in McLean’s mentalization-based treatment (MBT) clinic. Dr. Hollander is also a supervisor in the Behavioral and Research Training Clinic at the University of Washington, and a trainer for Behavioral Tech, traveling nationally and internationally to train clinicians in DBT

Bobbi DePorter: President, Quantum Learning Network

Bobbi DePorter is president of Quantum Learning Network, a West Coast–based educational company producing programs for students, teachers, schools, and organizations across the United States and abroad. Bobbi was an early pioneer in the applications of accelerated learning. Quantum Learning methods bring personal excellence and achievement to children through SuperCamp and QL Ed school programs. Established in 1982, SuperCamp is one of the leading academic summer camps in the U.S. and abroad. It is designed to teach students learning and life skills in an environment that cultivates self-esteem and confidence. Bobbi is an accomplished author with more than a dozen books translated into several languages.

Laurence Steinberg: author, Age of Opportunity

Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D., one of the world’s leading experts on adolescence and author of Age of Opportunity, is a Distinguished University Professor and the Laura H. Carnell Professor of Psychology at Temple University. Dr. Steinberg is the author of approximately 400 articles and essays on development during the teenage years, and the author or editor of 17 books. He has been a featured guest CBS Morning News, Today, Good Morning America, 20/20, Dateline, PBS News Hour, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. He has also written for the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, USA Today, Slate, and Psychology Today

Jean Chatzky: Financial Editor, Today Show

Jean Chatzky, the financial editor for NBC’s TODAY show, is an award-winning personal finance journalist, AARP’s personal finance ambassador and host of the podcast HerMoney with Jean Chatzky on iTunes. Jean is also a best-selling author, including AgeProof: Living Longer Without Running Out of Money or Breaking a Hip, which she wrote with Dr. Michael Roizen, is a New York Times Bestseller. In 2015, Jean teamed up with Time for Kids and The PwC Charitable Foundation to launch Your $, a financial literacy magazine reaching 2 million schoolchildren each month. 

DeQuincy Lezine: author, Eight Stories Up

DeQuincy Lezine, Ph.D. is the founder of Prevention Communities, LLC and a National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) National Research Service Award (NRSA) Post-doctoral Fellow conducting research on public health and population based approaches to suicide prevention. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of California, Los Angeles in 2005 after completing a clinical internship at Metropolitan State Hospital in Norwalk, CA. He is author of the book Eight Stories Up: An Adolescent Chooses Hope Over Suicide and a public speaker on suicide prevention.


  • • How to handle awakening sexuality and gender identity
  • How to raise sons and daughters to be strong, confident, and compassionate
  • • What’s going on in your teen’s brain that promotes risk-taking, novelty-seeking and obsessive focus on friends
  • • How to help tweens/ teens manage life’s many stressors
  • • How to help girls avoid (or manage) early puberty
  • • and so much  more!


When will I get the schedule for each speaker?

Each morning of the summit you will get an email at 9:00 am with links to each of that day’s interviews. You can also check the schedule on the Raising Confident, Caring Tweens and Teens Facebook page.

How can I learn more about each interview?

Your daily email will include interview descriptions for the day’s speakers. You can also check out the Interview Description page.

Who is this series for?

Parents, teachers, youth leaders, coaches, grandparents–anyone who interacts with kids 10-20, as well as parents of younger children who want to know what’s in store for their kids!

How long do I have to listen?

You can listen to each interview for 48 hours.

What if I can't watch the replay?

If you are not able to watch the interviews, or you would like to be able to watch them more than once, you will have the opportunity to purchase the series in its entirety.

What age child is this appropriate for?

The material covered in this series is relevant for parents of tweens and teens, though some of the information is applicable to children of all ages.

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