Speaker Series at Tower

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 events@towerschool.org. We'll add you to our mailing list. To RSVP for an event, please email Lori Whalen at lori.whalen@towerschool.org.

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

Rachel Simmons

Rachel Simmons

The Importance of Teaching Self-Compassion


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.

Michael G Thompson, PhD
Michael G Thompson, PHD

Understanding the Social Lives of our Children
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. Brooks
Dr. Robert Brooks

Raising a Resilient and Self-Disciplined Child
Dr. Brooks identifies factors that help children to manage stress more effectively and become more resilient. He articulates why some children have a more difficult time developing a positive self-image and resilience than other children, and outlines strategies for nurturing self-discipline, and responsibility.

Katie LeClerc Greer

Parenting in the Digital Age

Katie L. Greer has provided nearly a decade of Internet/technology safety education to schools, law enforcement agencies, large 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.

This event is free, open to the public, and for adults only.

Peter FranklinPeter Franklin

Mindfulness for the Rest of Us: Being Present by Choice

Peter Franklin, Tower’s Mindfulness Coach, took the mystery out of mindfulness, discussing how the practice 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.

Lynn Lyons, LICSW
Lynn Lyons, LICSW

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

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.

Jessica Lahey

Jessica Lahey

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

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

John Ratey, MD

SPARK—The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain.

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.