Julie Lythcott-Haims
 How to Raise an Adult

Julie 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 writing 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.

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.

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Erin Walsh, M.A.
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 digital media. Erin was instrumental in 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. In addition to writing articles and blogs for several other organizations including Bolster Collaborative and Psychology Today,  she co-authored the 10th Anniversary Edition of the national bestseller Why Do They Act That Way? A Survival Guide to the Adolescent Brain for You and Your Teen. 

In addition to her work with Mind Positive Parenting, Erin facilitates workshops with Youth Frontiers and teaches undergraduate students at the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs where she teaches a program called Making Media, Making Change.  Erin currently serves as the board chair of YMCA Camp Widjiwagen, a wilderness-based youth development program. She has consulted with schools, school districts, parent groups and other youth-serving organizations throughout North America on issues related to digital media, children, youth. She lives in Minneapolis, MN with her partner, two young sons, and husky dog.

Michele Tryon, M.A., B.S., C.C.L.S. 
CHKD Community Outreach Coordinator and Parent Educator
Michele conducts and coordinates professional and parent workshops, webinars, trainings and classes throughout the Hampton Roads area. She has worked with children and families for over 25 years, providing administrative oversite, program development, and direct service in the hospital, home and community setting.

As co-chair of the Hampton Roads Parent Education Network, she collaborates with local partners to promote best practice in parent and professional education and serves on the best practice committee for the Virginia Statewide Parenting Education Coalition. She is actively involved in the South Hampton Roads Youth Partnership, and the Thriving Families Committee for Hampton Roads Foundation Early Childhood Initiative.

Michele is a certified child life specialist, a certified Positive Discipline parent educator, a nationally recognized trainer/consultant for Nurturing Parent Programs and the co-author of The Nurturing Program for Parents and Their Children with Special Needs and Health Challenges©the Mindfulness and Movement for Children© curriculum, and an activities manual Grieving and Growing©. 

She received her degree in Psychology Child Life from Utica College of Syracuse University. 

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