2017 Speakers

Keynote Speaker

Julie Lythcott-Haims
Author of How to Raise an Adult

julie-lythcott-haims-photoJulie Lythcott-Haims served as dean of freshmen and undergraduate advising at Stanford University, where she received the Dinkelspiel Award for her contributions to the undergraduate experience.  She has spoken extensively on the phenomenon of helicopter parenting, and her work has appeared on numerous TedTalks, PBS, and in Forbes, the New York Times, Slate and the Chicago Times.

As Stanford University’s dean of freshmen, Lythcott-Haims noticed a startling rise in parental involvement in students’ lives.  She noticed an increasing number of students who, as a result of hyper-attentive parenting, lacked a strong sense of self and were poorly equipped to handle the demands of adult life. In How to Raise an Adult, Lythcott-Haims draws on research on interviews with admissions officers, educators and employers, and on her own insights as a mother, to highlight the ways in which over-parenting harms children, their stressed-out parents, and our society at large.

Lythcott-Haims holds a BA from Stanford University and a JD from Harvard Law School, and is pursuing an MFA in wirting from California College of the Arts in San Francisco.  She hosts the podcast “Getting In,” produced by Slate/Panoply, which offers students and parents sound advice about the college application process and serves as an antidote to the college admission “arms race” mentality.cover-photo

She lives in Silicon Valley with her partner of over twenty five years, their two teenagers, and her mother.

She is deeply interested in humans living lives of meaning and purpose, and in the obstacles that can get in the way, and enjoys working with humans of all ages interested in finding their authentic self and honoring what they hear. After years of public speaking as a dean, community volunteer, and litigator, she is an engaging, inspiring speaker who takes pleasure in working with her audiences.

Workshop Leaders

erin-walshErin Walsh
Psychologist , Presenter & Professor

Erin Walsh, M.A. is a dynamic, knowledgeable speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on topics related to brain development and raising resilient young people in the digital age. Erin was instrumental to the development of the MediaWise movement and enjoyed working with her father for 10 years at the National Institute on Media and the Family before creating Mind Positive Parenting in 2010. Erin presents on the powerful role of media in youth and children’s lives and explains how to use this information to understand, communicate with and stay connected with young people.
In addition to working with Mind Positive Parenting, Erin is a keynote speaker for the Bolster
Collaborative™ and teaches undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota and the Higher
Education Consortium for Urban Affairs. Erin draws on her own experiences teaching, leading young
people in outdoor and wilderness experiences, and parenting to help translate brain science and
research into useful tips and tools for families and youth. She has consulted with schools, school
districts, parent groups and youth serving organizations throughout the country on issues related to
child and youth development, digital media, children, and families. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with
her partner, two young sons, and dog.

Dr. Russ Greenfield, MD
Director of Greenfield Integrative Health

russ-greenfieldRussell H. Greenfield, M.D. is Director of Greenfield Integrative Healthcare, PLLC and President of Greenfield Consulting, LLC. He completed his residency training in emergency medicine at Harbor / UCLA Medical Center and subsequently entered into an administrative / teaching fellowship at the same institution. He moved to Charlotte and became involved in the emergency medicine residency program at Carolinas Medical Center, where he was honored as the inaugural recipient of the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching. Dr. Greenfield later became one of the first four physicians to graduate from the Fellowship in Integrative Medicine at The University of Arizona College of Medicine under the direct guidance of Dr. Andrew Weil.
Dr. Greenfield was a consultant in the development of national model guidelines for the use of complementary and alternative therapies, is co-author of Healthy Child, Whole Child (2nd ed. HarperCollins, 2009), and was founding medical director of Carolinas Integrative Health, a freestanding center owned and operated by the Carolinas HealthCare System. He currently maintains a medical practice in Charlotte and consults with organizations on a variety of wellness initiatives