Keynote Speakers

Julia Cook

Julia Cook is well-recognized as a national award-winning children’s book author who has presented in over 800 schools across the country, regularly delivers keynote addresses at national education and counseling conferences, and already has over 40 published children’s books.

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Dr. Michael Gurian

Michael Gurian is a marriage and family counselor in private practice and the New York Times bestselling author of twenty eight books published in twenty two languages. As a social philosopher, he has pioneered efforts to bring neuro-biology and brain research into homes, schools, corporations, and public policy. The Gurian Institute, which he co-founded, conducts research internationally, launches pilot programs, and trains professionals.

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Brad Chapin

A leading authority on Self-regulation, Brad Chapin, LCP, LMLP is a masters level psychologist with a passion for helping others learn the skills necessary for success and happiness. He is a best-selling author and nationally-recognized speaker in the area of Self-Regulation. He has served as the Director of Child and Adult Community Services for a large mental health center where he supervised 65 mental health field staff. Currently, he serves as Director of Clinical Services for Stormont-Vail Behavioral Health Services.

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Meg Medina

Meg Medina is an award-winning Cuban American author who writes picture books, middle grade, and YA fiction. She is the 2016 recipient of the Pura Belpré honor medal for her picture book, Mango, Abuela and Me, and the 2014 Pura Belpré Award winner for her young adult novel, Yaqui Delgado Wants to Kick Your Ass, which was also the winner of the 2013 CYBILS Fiction award and the International Latino Book Award. She is also the 2012 Ezra Jack Keats New Writers medal winner for her picture book Tía Isa Wants a Car.

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Lisa King

Lisa King is a Licensed Professional Counselor and a Nationally Certified School Counselor. She is the author of Making the Link: Helping Students Link School Habits with the World of Work and Academic Advisement Program and has been published in the Georgia School Counselor Association Journal.

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Carolyn Strong

Carolyn is a motivational educator with an anti-bullying message of hope for children, families and schools, and the author of Black Girl Blues. An educator with more than 10 years of experience working with inner-city youth, she is currently Dean of Students in a high school serving more than 2,100 young people. In this role as disciplinarian, she witnesses and confronts bullying and relational aggression daily by creating and implementing prevention programs in conjunction with traditional discipline.

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Daniel Rechtschaffen

Daniel Rechtschaffen, MA, LMFT is author of The Way of Mindful Education and The Mindful Education Workbook. He is the founding director of Mindful Education, a mindfulness and social emotional learning platform for educators.  He organizes the annual Mindfulness in Education Conference and Teacher Training at the Omega Institute.

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Dr. Michele Borba

Dr. Borba is an internationally recognized educational psychologist and parenting, bullying and character expert whose aim is to strengthen children’s empathy and resilience, and create safe, compassionate school cultures. A sought-after motivational speaker, she has presented keynotes throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific and served as a consultant to hundreds of schools and corporations including the Pentagon and 18 US Army bases in Europe and the Asian-Pacific.

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