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Previous Speakers

2000 - 2001

Karen Reivich, Ph.D. 

Preventing depression in children

G. Gary Ripple, Ph.D.

A thinking person's guide to the college admissions process

Nancy Samalin, M.S.

Positive discipline: alternatives to yelling, nagging, bribing and punishing

Judith Siegel, Ph.D., CSW

What children learn from their parents' marriage

Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

Best friends and worst enemies

Copy Of -2001 - 2002

Evan Imber-Black, Ph.D.

The secret lives of families

Ann Caron, Ph.D.

For Dads only: Understanding your adolescent daughters

Robert B. Brooks, Ph.D.

Raising resilient children

The Samaritan Counseling Center - Performance Plus Players

The harried household

Catherine Steiner Adair, Ph.D.

Flirting or hurting: How to help kids resist harmful, cultural influences and build healthy relationships

MaryAnn Brittingham

Developing positive self-esteem in children

Pat Amendola

The college athlete: How to become one ... is it worthwhile?

Rita Freedman, Ph.D.

Do these jeans make me look fat?

2002 - 2003

SuEllen Fried

Bullies and victims: Helping your child through the schoolyard battlefield

Michael Nerney

Drinking, drugs and other scary stuff: Exploring a partnership in prevention

Deborah M. Roffman

Sex and sensibility: The thinking parents guide to talking sense about sex

Michael Thompson

For Dads only: We are the sons of our father

Parenting Group Support - in collaboration with Rye Youth Council

Mike Riera, Ph.D.

Uncommon sense for parents with teenagers

Anne Morgenthau Grand, Ph.D.

Substance use and abuse and our teens

Dan Kindlon

Too much of a good thing: Avoiding misguided giving

Trish Calvert, Ph.D.

High hopes ... high stress

2005 - 2006

Eileen Burnstein

Middle School and the age of adjustment

Eileen Gallo, Ph.D. and Jon Gallo, J.D.

Children, money and values

Justin Richardson, M.D.

Everything you never wanted your kids to know about sex (but were afraid they'd ask)

Edward M. Hallowell, M.D.

The childhood roots of adult happiness

Nancy Samalin, M.S.

Loving without spoiling

2007 - 2008

Jeffrey Marx

This thing we call success: Building healthy relationships, healthy communities, and healthy leaders.


Lloyd Thacker

Confidence counts: Clearing the path to college

Panel Discussion: Is your child ready for Kindergarten.

Dr. Paul Donahue

Elly Short

Mary Archer

Susanne McHugh

Moderator: Margot Willoughby


Michael Nerney

Welcome to the adolescent brain

Dr. Mel Levine

Ready or not, here life comes

Joy Bauer, M.S., R.D., C.D.N


Laura Sessions Stepp

Unhooked: How young women pursue sex, delay love, and lose at both

2009 - 2010

Kim John Payne, M.Ed.

Tweens and teens: Simplicity parenting

Peg Tyre

The trouble with boys: A surprising report card on our sons, their problems at school and what parents and educators must do

Nathan A. Dungan

Families, money and habits: Navigating the new normal and how not to be your child's ATM

Jordan Metzl

What every parent, coach and athlete needs to know

Joel Haber

Bullyproof your child: Practical advice for parents and children

Dr.  John T. Walkup, M.D.

Ready to launch: Fostering independence, maturity, and helping your teenager prepare for college life

2010 - 2011

Peter Nelson

Raising an ethical child: Turning what we believe into what we do

Marcella Moran, MA, LMHO

Organizing the disorganized child

Rye TV Link

Homa Sabet Tavangar

Growing up global: Raising children to be at home in the world

Edward M. Hallowell, MD

Crazy Busy: Coping strategies for overstretched, overbooked parents and children

Rye TV Link

Nature Deficit: A Panel Discussion

Why today's children are losing touch with unstructured and outdoor play, how this is affecting them, and what we can do about it

Moderator: Kathy Price (Rye Presbyterian Nursery School)


  • Dr. Paul Donahue

  • Stephanie Low, Rye Youth Council

  • Ed Phillip, Rye Y

  • Sally Rogol, Rye Recreation

  • Christine Siller, Rye Nature Center

Rhonda Sherwood, BSE, MBA

Simple steps to protect your family from toxins in our everyday world

Rye TV Link

Parent University

Drugs & Alcohol; Teen Dating & Relationships; Internet Safety; Body Image; Stress

Keynote speaker: Mark Sterner of Campuspeak


  • Scott Moore, Directore of EMS Services for Port Chester and Ry e Brook

  • Dianne De Filippis, Hope's Door

  • Monica Vila, The Online Mom

  • Dr. Marcie Schneider, Body Image specialist

  • Dr. Mark Levy, Director of the Larchmont-Mamaroneck Counseling Center

2011 - 2012

Ron Taffel, Ph.D.

Childhood unbound: Saving our kids' best selves​

Wendy Mogel

Raising resilient teenagers: How to be an effective parent in a culture of anxiety and entitlement​

Rye TV Link

Rye Record Link

Bob Bigelow

Adults and children in organized sports - who wins, who loses?​

Rhonda Sherwood

Reducing environmental toxins and their impact on children​

Rye Record Link

Jordan Burnham

Emotional and mental wellness among teens and young adults

Katie Koestner

Reputation management: Our kids' digital footprints

2012 - 2013

Anthony Wolf, Ph.D.

The secret of parenting: what works and what doesn't

Rye TV Link

Deborah Roffman

Talk to me first: How to become your kids' go-to person about sex​

Kirk and Casey Martin

At my wits end: Stop defiance and power struggles with your teens​

Karl A. Pillemer Ph.D.

30 lessons for living: Tried and true advice from the wisest Americans​

Alison Birnbaum

The birth order games: Understanding our roles​

Rye TV Link

Jacy Good

Hang up and drive!

Rye Record Link

Dr. Richard D. Ginsburg

Whose game is it anyway: A guide to helping your child get the most from sports

Rye Record Link

2013 - 2014

Niobe Way

Deep secrets and boys' friendships

Rye TV Link

Rye Record Link

Richard Ginsberg, Ph.D.

Adam Cox, Ph.D.

Catherine Steiner Adair ED.D.

Stephen Apkon

Parenting in the age of image - what every parent should know

Rye TV Link

John Badalament

Modern Dad's dilemma: How to stay connected with your kids in a rapidly changing world

Rye Record Link

2014 - 2015

Catherine Steiner Adair Ed.D.

Got grit? The call to educate smart, savvy and socially intelligent students​

Rye Record Link

Kirk and Casey Martin

Discipline that works: Get kids to listen the first time​

5 things you need to speak with your tween/teen about now: An honest talk on sexuality, social media and other adolescent realities

Parent University

Social technology

  • Jessica Millstone, Ed. M. (Common Sense Media) - Raising kids in our 24/7 connected culture

  • RHS Student Panel - Popular social networking applications and their benefits, risks and downfalls

  • Paul Donohue, Ph.D. - Raising digital natives: How to introduce technology and electronic media to young children

  • Kirk and Casey Martin - Build real confidence and motivate your kids without social media

Dr. Sandra Haymon

Parenting in the sandwich generation 

Collaboration with SPRYE

Logan Levkoff and Jennifer Wider, M.D.

Got Teens? The Doctor moms guide to sexuality, social media & other adolescent realities

Rye Record Link

Carl Honore

In Praise of Slow Parenting

Rye Record Link

2015 - 2016

Partnership for Drug-Free Kids

Let's talk drugs


Ron Lieber

The Opposite of Spoiled​

Lynn Lyons, LICSW

Anxious kids, anxious parents: How to stop the worry cycle

Bonnie Harris, MSW

What to do when your kids push your buttons

Lisa Damour, Ph.D.

Untangled: Guiding teenagers through the seven transitions into adulthood


Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Rye TV Link

2016 - 2017

Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Most Likely to Succeed

Rye TV Link


Jessica Lahey

The gift of failure

Lisa Miller, Ph.D.

The Spiritual Child

Adam Cox, Ph.D.

Understanding boys: Cooperation & motivation

Rachel Simmons

Raising daughters to be authentic, build trusting relationships, increase resilience and embolden them to feel confident, motivated and inspired.

The Power of the Arts | Collaboration with the Rye Arts Center

Rye TV Link

2017 - 2018

Christopher Willard

Mindful Parenting

Film Screening & Panel Discussion

Finding Kind

Jennifer Bryan, Genevieve Weber, Dr. Aron Janssen, M.D.

Understanding gender diversity

Susan Cain

Quiet Kids: Raising an introvert in a world that can't stop talking

Frank Bruni

Where you go is not who you'll be

Rye Record Link

2018 - 2019

January 01, 2020

​Film Screening: Swim Team

Presented in partnership with RAISE.

Michael Thompson, Ph.D.

How to raise responsible children.

Manoush Zomorodi

Bored and brilliant. Fostering creativity in a tech-driven world.

Jennifer Breheny Wallace

How to raise more grateful children.

Lisa Damour, Ph.D.

Under Pressure: Confronting the epidemic of stress and anxiety in teenagers.

2019 - 2020

August 26, 2020

Elizabeth Englander, Ph.D.

Supporting our children's social lives in the age of social media.​

John O'Sullivan

Changing the game in youth sports.​

Lisa Osherow, MA

How to talk to your kids about their bodies and sex.

Rye TV Video

Marcie Schneider, MD

Parenting the teenage years.​

William Deresiewicz

Higher education: are we getting it right?

2020 - 2021

Molly Ness, Ph.D.

How to supporting K-8 children in virtual and hybrid learning

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