WNS Speaker Series

Each year, WNS invites renown speakers, authors, and educational experts to speak with members of the community. We invite local community members and schools to learn from these inspirational people. Below are a few of the recent speakers, and keep an eye out for future events!

2019-20 Speakers

Nefertiti Austin

Monday, October 14, 6:30-8pm, WNS Multipurpose Room

We are excited to have WNS parent and author of Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender, and Parenting in America, Nefertiti Austin, speak at the first speaker series event of the year. Nefertiti will share her perspectives on adoption in America, particularly the lack of resources for single women of color. She’ll speak to her experience as a single black mother adopting out of the foster care system, and how it has impacted her life.

This event is free and open to the public with an RSVP. Click here to register.

Dr. Joe Dilley, Ph.D.

Wednesday, December 4, 6:30-8pm, WNS Multipurpose Room

Licensed psychologist and author of The Game is Playing Your Kid: How to Unplug and Reconnect in the Digital Age will speak to the challenges that technology poses on family life in today’s society. Dr. Dilley will share his expertise and strategies on how parents can help guide their children toward responsible and minful media use.

This event is free and open to the public with an RSVP. Click here to register.

Denise Pope

Monday, February 10, 6:30-8pm, WNS Multipurpose Room

Denise Pope, one of the founders of Challenge Success, is the author of “Doing School”: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students, and co-author of Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids. Denise will speak about academic stress and strategies parents can employ to increase student health and mental wellbeing.

This event is free and open to the public with an RSVP. Registration coming soon.

Rosetta Lee

Tuesday, May 26, 6:30-8pm, WNS Multipurpose Room

Faculty member at Seattle Girls’ School and professional outreach specialist Rosetta Lee will address Identity, Inclusion, and Allyship and Welcoming Differences. Rosetta is a diversity speaker and trainer whose work has impacted hundreds of school communities across the US.

This event is free and open to the public with an RSVP. Registration coming soon.

Past Speakers

Ijeoma Oluo

Author of the New York Times Best-Seller So You Want to Talk about RaceIjeoma Oluo, addressed timely issues such as race, racism, intersectionality, and more. She also met with our middle school students for an inspirational conversation about the power they have to shape the future.

Lori Getz

Internet Safety Specialist, Lori Getz, gave a talk to parents on “Cyber Education: Internet Safety, Security, and Ethics. She also met with 4th-8th grade students to discuss technology use and safety.

Wendy Mogel

Clinical psychologist and New York Times bestselling author Dr. Wendy Mogel spoke about her books, The Blessing of a Skinned KneeThe Blessing of a B Minus, and Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Listen.

Claude Steele

Claude Steele spoke about “Stereotype Threat and Identity Threat: The Science of a Diverse Community,” exploring the psychological significance of community and its role in learning. Claude Steele is an internationally renowned social scientist and Professor of Psychology at Stanford University, best known for his work on stereotype threat and its application to student academic performance.

Alison Park

We were pleased to welcome Alison Park, the founder of Blink Consulting, to WNS to speak about Beyond Diversity. Alison spent the morning working with our faculty, followed by the parent session, and lastly with our middle school students.