Day 1 Experts
Laura Markham, PhD
Anxiety in the Home: A Guide For Kids & Parents
Dr. Laura Markham’s relationship-based parenting model has helped thousands of families across the U.S. and Canada find compassionate, common-sense solutions to everything from separation anxiety and sleep problems, to sass talk and cell phones.
Dr. Markham trained as a Clinical Psychologist, earning her PhD from Columbia University. But she’s also a mom, so she translates proven science into the practical solutions you need for the family life you want.
Mindfulness and Meditation for Families
Emily Fletcher is the founder of Ziva Meditation, the creator of The Ziva Technique that focuses on mindfulness, meditation and manifesting.
Emily has taught over 25,000 people the skill of meditation. She is an international speaker and author. Her best-selling book, Stress Less, Accomplish More, debuted at #7 out of all books on Amazon and has been translated into 12 languages.
Fostering Change During Times of Crisis
Vishen Lakhiani is an entrepreneur, author, and activist on a mission to raise human consciousness. Vishen founded Mindvalley in 2003 with the goal of bringing together the world’s top educators under one platform, to usher in a new era for humanity that is more empowered, connected, and collaborative than the status quo.
Vishen is the bestselling author of The Code of the Extraordinary Mind, now translated into 25+ languages.
Fostering Growth & Finding Meaning During a Crisis
Gabrielle Bernstein is a motivational speaker, life coach, and #1 New York Times bestselling author of six books. Her teachings emphasize self-love, forgiveness, and a holistic approach to spirituality.
She was featured on Oprah’s SuperSoul Sunday as a “next-generation thought leader,” and The Oprah Winfrey Network chose Gabrielle to be part of the “SuperSoul 100,” a dynamic group of 100 trailblazers whose vision and life’s work are bringing a higher level of consciousness to the world.
Unschooling: Self-Directed Learning at Home
Akilah S. Richards is an unschooling podcaster, author, and founding board member of The Alliance for Self-Directed Education. Her work both challenges and encourages social justice minded people to explore privilege and power in their relationships with children.
Akilah facilitates trainings, courses, and consultations help resolve the ways that unexamined experiences with bias and oppression disrupt families’ and organization’s capacity to sustain a culture of belonging.
Tapping Away Anxiety
Jessica Ortner is the NY Times bestselling author of The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss and Body Confidence and producer of The Tapping Solution, the breakthrough documentary film on EFT tapping.
She has led more than 5,000 women through her revolutionary Weight Loss and Body Confidence online program, and she is also the host of The Tapping World Summit, an annual online event that has attracted more than 1,000,000 attendees from around the world.
Ryan M. Niemiec, PsyD
Character Strengths to Superpower Kids
Ryan M. Niemiec, PsyD is a leading figure in the education, research, and practice of character strengths that are found in all human beings. He’s education director of the VIA Institute on Character, a global, non-profit organization in Cincinnati that advances the latest science of character strengths.
Ryan is author of 9 books including the #1 Amazon bestseller, The Power of Character Strengths, as well as practitioner-focused books that are leaders in their respective fields. He’s penned over 80 scholarly/peer-reviewed articles and given more than 700 workshops, keynotes, and webinars on positive psychology topics across the globe.
Day 2 Experts
Justin Coulson, PhD
Boosting Emotional Intelligence in Families
After a successful radio career Justin Coulson returned to school in his late 20’s where he earned his psychology degree from the University of Queensland and his PhD in psychology from the University of Wollongong. Since then he has written multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and scholarly book chapters, as well as several books including the 21 Days to a Happier Family and 9 Ways to a Resilient Child.
He is one of Australia’s most respected and popular parenting authors and speakers. He is sought after for his expertise in family life, relationships, and wellbeing and resilience.
Achieving More by Doing Less
As an entrepreneur, best-selling author, and mother, Kate Northrup has built a multimedia digital empire that reaches hundreds of thousands globally. She’s committed to supporting ambitious women to light up the world without burning themselves out in the process.
Kate teaches data-driven and soul-driven time and energy management practices that result in saving time, making more money, and experiencing less stress.
Dr. Gabor Maté
Making Connections & Building Resilience
A renowned speaker, and bestselling author, Dr. Gabor Maté is highly sought after for his expertise on a range of topics including addiction, stress and childhood development.
Rather than offering quick-fix solutions to these complex issues, Dr. Maté weaves together scientific research, case histories, and his own insights and experience to present a broad perspective that enlightens and empowers people to promote their own healing and that of those around them.
Shedding the "Shoulds" and Finding Authenticity
A charismatic visionary and transformational teacher, Kute Blackson offers a fresh, bold look at spiritual awareness for a whole new generation.
Born in Ghana, West Africa, Kute’s multicultural upbringing as the child of a Japanese mother and a Ghanaian father has spanned four different continents. His unique lineage lay the foundation for his approach to breaking down barriers and unlocking an individual’s true gifts and greatness.
Resilience During & After the Pandemic
Colleen Wachob is Co-Founder and Co-CEO at mindbodygreen. She graduated from Stanford University with degrees in international relations and Spanish, and spent 10 years working at Fortune 500 companies including Gap, Walmart, and Amazon.
Wachob lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, mbg Founder and Co-CEO Jason Wachob and their two daughters, Ellie and Grace.
Renee Jain, MAPP
Uncovering Every Kid's Innate P.O.W.E.R.
Renee Jain is one of the nation’s most respected childhood happiness and resilience experts, and the founder of GoZen! She uses her many talents, specialized education, and business acumen in pursuit of her life’s mission: To provide whole-brain education to all children, regardless of where they live or of their families’ socioeconomic background.
Renee earned her Master’s degree in Positive Psychology – the scientific study of optimal human functioning – from the University of Pennsylvania. She is one of fewer than 450 people to attain that degree.
Shefali Tsabary, PhD
Parenting to Cultivate Family P.O.W.E.R.
Dr. Shefali is a world-renowned clinical psychologist, acclaimed author and international speaker who received her doctorate from Columbia University, New York. She specializes in the integration of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology, making her an expert in her field. Her message has the potential to change people’s lives for generations to come.
Dr. Shefali is Oprah’s go-to parenting expert and has written several critically-acclaimed bestsellers including The Conscious Parent.
Bonus: Emiliya Z., MAPP
Keep Kids Engaged on Zoom (For teachers)
Emiliya Zhivotovskaya holds a Master’s Degree in Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a Master Certified Coach (MCC) accreditation through the International Coaching Federation. She is a speaker, coach, consultant and an experiential learning curator. She is the founder of The Flourishing Center, based in New York City. She is the creator of the Certification in Applied Positive Psychology (CAPP) Program, which has trained over 1,000 practitioners in 28 countries, and is now being offered in 12 cities across North America and Canada, and the Continuing Education in Positive Psychology (CEPP) program offered worldwide.
Emiliya has over 700 hours of training in yoga teaching, as well as other complimentary alternative approaches to well-being including biofeedback, Thai massage, Reiki, intenSati and more.