Speaker Series & Parent Resources

The LFCDS Special Speaker Series attracts best-selling authors
and nationally renowned child development experts

2019-2020 LFCDS Special Speaker Series

LFCDS is delighted to announce that Harvard Medical School researcher, clinical psychologist, and award-winning author Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair and child psychologist and New York Times best-selling author Dr. Lisa Damour will be the featured speakers for the 2019-2020 Lake Forest Country Day School Special Speaker Series.
LFCDS believes the social emotional growth and well-being of each child is essential to successful learning both immediately and in future endeavors. The School began the Special Speaker Series to assist our community in gaining access to some of the world's top experts in child development. Our fall series takes place in our newly renovated Performing Arts Center. All lectures close with a question-and-answer session.  A book signing follows the talk, and our speakers often host a more intimate conversation in the school's 15,000-volume Library for interested attendees. The LFCDS Special Speaker Series is free and open to the public.
On Wednesday, January 22, 2020, at 10:00 a.m., LFCDS will host New York Times best-selling author Dr. Lisa Damour, whose talk is entitled "Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Students." Dr. Damour blends years of experience with the latest research developments to provide sound, practical guidance to children and adolescents as well as their parents, teachers, and advocates. Her book Untangled quickly became the informed and engaging go-to guide for parents of teens. A Yale graduate who earned her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan, Dr. Damour has authored numerous academic papers and textbooks, writes a monthly column for the New York Times, and regularly contributes to CBS News.
On October 23, 2019, Lake Forest Country Day School hosted Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair, internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant, and author of the award-winning book, The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age (HarperCollins). Dr. Steiner-Adair examined ways in which the wonders of technology and media change how children learn and grow. Dr. Steiner-Adair discussed the digital-age challenges that parents and educators face and ways to strengthen children’s social and emotional development to help them grow to be responsible, resilient, confident, and capable young adults.

Please RSVP for the Special Speaker Series

If you would like to attend one or both our Special Speaker Events, please fill out the form below and feel free to add guests to the number of RSVP's.

Past Speakers

Every year, LFCDS hosts a number of guest speakers as part of the Special Speaker Event series that is free and open to the public. In September of 2018, we welcomed New York Times best-selling author Dr. Tina Payne Bryson. In October, we welcomed Dr. Eboo Patel a leading voice in the movement for interfaith cooperation and the Founder and President of Interfaith Youth Core and author of the best-selling books Acts of Faith, Sacred Ground, and Interfaith Leadership. Speakers in prior years have included New York Times best-selling authors Dr. David Walsh and Jessica Lahey, nationally-acclaimed child psychologists Dr. Michael Thompson, and Dr. Ned Hallowell, Early Childhood Coordinator for Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development Ann Gadzikowski, school consultant and past president of the National Association of Independent Schools Pat BassettNew York Times best-selling author Rosalind Wiseman (Queen Bees and Wannabes), acclaimed author and business coach Michael Brandwein, and public lecturer and clinical psychologist Dr. Carl E. Pickhardt, among others. 
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