Tower Talks: Speaker Series

Tower invites engaging authors, psychologists, artists, health professionals, educators and speakers with unique perspectives on parenting to the community. To be among the first to be notified when our speakers are announced, please contact us at We'll add you to our mailing list. To RSVP for an event, please email

Below, please find a brief description of upcoming and recent guest speakers:

Guest Speakers

Corinne Brisbois, Freedom from Chemical Dependency

Corinne Brisbois, Prevention Specialist at Freedom From Chemical Dependency (FCD), will be speaking at Tower on Tuesday, November 12 at 7:00pm about youth substance use—including vaping, alcohol and other drugs—and what we can do to keep our children safe. This Tower Talks Speaker Series Event is free for all parents. 

FCD is a global non-profit substance abuse prevention organization. They help schools and parents educate students about substance use in developmentally appropriate ways. Learn more at

Tuesday, November 12, 7:00 pm-8:30 pm

This event is open to the public; there is no cost to attend. To express your interest in attending, please RSVP to

Andrew Keller, Jeff Carter and Dean Sidell, Financial Planning for Independent School Education

(2019) Andrew E. Keller, VP, Wealth Management Advisor at Merrill Lynch Global Wealth & Investment Management and Jeff Carter, Board Treasurer and Dean Sidell, Acting Head of School and CFO held an informative and dynamic discussion of the benefits of creating a school funding strategy for families of all ages using a variety of tools, including: 

    ▪    529 Plan Use for K-12 Tuition
    ▪    Tax-advantaged family gifting strategies
    ▪    Tuition Assistance
    ▪    Tower's Adeline Tower Community Scholarship

Rachel Simmons, Author and Educator

How Self-Compassion Makes You Braver, Happier & More Successful

(2019) Research shows that self-criticism heightens anxiety and lowers motivation, yet most people believe it’s the key to success. In this workshop, learn a researched, three-step practice to deal with setbacks, manage difficult feelings, and quiet the voice of a destructive inner critic.

Rachel Simmons is the author of Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives, and the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out and The Curse of the Good Girl.

As an educator, Rachel teaches girls and women skills to build their resilience, amplify their voices, and own their courage so that they—and their relationships—live with integrity and health.

Katie LeClerc Greer, Parenting in the Digital Age

(2018)  Katie L. Greer is a pioneer in children's cyber safety and has provided nearly a decade of Internet/technology safety education to schools, law enforcement agencies, corporations, community organizations and at national conferences throughout the United States and Canada. Her unique professional, educational and personal background has resulted in dynamic programs that appeal to all age groups.

She served as the Director of Internet Safety at the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office, worked as an Intelligence Analyst with the Massachusetts State Police, holds a Master's Degree in Criminal Justice and is working toward a Master's in Digital Investigations.

Peter Franklin, Mindfulness: Being Present by Choice

(2017) Peter Franklin, educator and mindfulness coach, takes the mystery out of practicing mindfulness for students and educators of all ages. He discusses how mindfulness can help students and adults increase performance and happiness, while reducing stress and worry.

Peter Franklin is the founder of The Mindful Educator. He is a compelling keynote speaker and consultant who brings mindfulness training to educational leaders, teachers and students. He has been the mindfulness coach for Tower School since 2017.

Corinne Brisbois, Freedom from Chemical Dependency

Corinne Brisbois, Freedom From Chemical Dependency (FCD), is a leading voice in helping schools educate students about substances in developmentally purposeful ways. Ms. Brisbois, Prevention Specialist, presented valuable information to parents about substance use—including vaping, alcohol and other drugs—and what we can do to keep our children safe. 

Jessica Lahey, How The Best Parents Learn To Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed.

(2016)  Jessica Lahey, columnist for the New York Times and commentator for Vermont Public Radio, and author offered practical advice for cultivating intrinsic motivation in children, fostering independence and competence, and the importance of autonomy-supportive teaching and parenting.

John Ratey, MD and Author, SPARK—The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.

(2015) John Ratey, MD, Harvard Professor, psychiatrist, and author is one of the world's foremost authorities on the brain-fitness connection. He discussed groundbreaking explorations of the connection between exercise and the brain's performance that demonstrates how exercise supercharges mental circuits to beat stress, sharpens thinking, enhances memory, and much more.

Lynn Lyons, LICSW, Seven Ways to Stop the Worry Cycle and Raise Courageous, Independent Children

(2014) Lynn Lyons, one of the foremost specialists in the treatment of childhood anxiety, held an evening workshop at Tower. Guests gained concrete skills to help their children Accept and manage "normal" worries; Control and calm the physical symptoms of anxiety; Choose exploration of the world over avoidance; and Recognize and overcome exhausting and limiting thought patterns.

Ms. Lyons is an author, nationwide speaker and licensed clinical social worker in private practice.

Michael G Thompson, PhD Understanding the Social Lives of our Children

Understanding the Social Lives of our Children
(2013) Renowned Author and Psychologist, Dr. Thompson offered illuminating discussions of the difference between friendship and popularity; how boys and girls deal in unique ways with intimacy and commitment; whether all kids need a best friend; why cliques form, and what we can do about them.

Dr. Robert Brooks, Raising a Resilient and Self-Disciplined Child

(2012) Dr. Robert Brooks is one of today’s leading speakers and authors on the themes of resilience, motivation, school climate, a positive work environment, and family relationships. During the past 35 years, Dr. Brooks has presented nationally and internationally to thousands of parents, educators, mental health professionals, and business people. His talks are filled with practical, realistic suggestions and he is renowned for the warmth and humor he uses to bring his insights and anecdotes to life.