New PEP Talks Speaker Series Aims to Inspire Great Parents

January 21, 2013

PEP Talks is a new speaker series presented by the Vancouver International Children?s Festival and brings to Vancouver four compelling speakers over four consecutive
months (March through June 2013) to delve into the challenging and sometimes messy world of parenting today?s millennial child. 


PEP Talks events is a parenting educational program that takes place at the Vancouver Playhouse (600 Hamilton St.) on March 7, April 10, May 15 and June 12 at 7:30
pm. Individual ticket prices are $130 for the entire series or $35 per speaker, with net proceeds to benefit the Vancouver International Children?s Festival. >> Book your tickets!


?We are launching PEP Talks to bring high profile speakers and educators to Vancouver for informative and thought provoking evening events that will inspire and inform parents and educators alike.
Think of it as TED Talks for Parents,? says Tom Stulberg, VICF Board Chair. ?While school Parent Advisory Committees (PACs) bring in expert speakers to talk about current issues relating to parenting
challenges, there are many excellent speakers available whose speaking fees are outside of the range of school committees our goal is to fill the need the PACs can not.?


2013 PEP Talks Speakers & Topics


Lenore Skenazy, March 7
?Free Range Kids?

Lenore Skenazy is ?America?s Worst Mom.? (Google it!) The New York City columnist-turned reality TV show host got that title after letting her 9-year-old son take the subway, alone. In response to
the enormous media blowback, she founded the book and blog, ?Free-Range Kids,? which launched the anti-helicopter parenting movement.
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Sheryl Feinstein, April 10
?The Teenaged Brain”

Sheryl Feinstein is an associate professor at Augstana College in Sioux Falls, SD. She has authored several books, including Secrets of the Teenage Brain (2004), The Praeger Handbook of Learning
and the Brain?2 vols. (2006), Parenting the Teenage Brain: Understanding a Work in Progress, and Teaching the At-Risk Teenage Brain. In addition to teaching at Augustana College, she consults at a
correctional facility for adolescent boys and at a separate site for emotionally behaviourally disturbed (EBD) adolescents in Minnesota. Prior to serving on the faculty at Augstana College, Sheryl
taught in the public schools and was a curriculum consultant for a K-12 school district in Minnesota. She also started an alternative school for high school students. 
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Deborah MacNamara, May 15
?The Lost Art of Play: Helping Children Grow Up?

Dr. Deborah MacNamara is a Vancouver, BC-based clinical counsellor and educator in private practice helping parents, teachers, and childcare professionals make sense of children and adolescents in
their care. The Lost Art of Play: Helping Children Grow Up focus on how play is essential to developing independence, individuality and responsibility taking in children. All play is not created
equal and it is not enough to provide the space and opportunity, parents must satisfy relational needs first. Participants will understand the connection between play that helps grow a child up and
our role as parents, teachers, and care providers in fostering the environment they need. 
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Lisa Bloom, June 12 
Raising Smart Kids in the New Millenium?

Lisa Bloom is an American civil rights attorney, author, and a popular award-winning speaker to business, student and women?s audiences. Lisa has been interviewed by Barbara Walters, Oprah
Winfrey, Larry King, Rachael Ray, Piers Morgan, amongst many others. Lisa has written two popular books in the last two years. Her first, Think, became an instant New York Times bestseller and
received widespread rave reviews for her provocative thesis that the decline in American media and education, combined with the multibillion dollar beauty industry, are creating a dumbed-down culture
that harm girls and women. Lisa?s second book, Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness and Thug Culture, was featured on a special one hour episode of
The Dr. Phil Show in May, 2012. 

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Find out more at the PEP Talks website.

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PEP Talks is proudly sponsored by Cathay Pacific, The Georgia Straight and RBC Wealth Management