Tower Talks: Speaker Series Events

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:


Katie Greer

Katie LeClerc Greer

Parenting in the Digital Age

(2018)  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.


John Ratey

John Ratey, MD

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.


Michael G Thompson, PhD

Michael G Thompson, PHD

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.


Peter Franklin

Peter Franklin

Mindfulness: Being Present by Choice

(2017) 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

(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.


Dr. Brooks

Dr. Robert Brooks

Raising a Resilient and Self-Disciplined Child
(2012) 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.


Rachel Simmons

Rachel Simmons

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.


Jessica Lahey

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.


Corinne Brisbois' photo

Corinne Brisbois

Freedom From Chemical Dependency

(2018) Corinne Brisbois from FDC provided an eye opening presentation about teen vaping, alcohol and other drug use, including compelling data about the impact of substances on a teen brain. It was an important discussion filled with key take-aways for parents and educators to help teens make healthful decisions.