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Parent Lecture Series

A long-standing tradition at The Seven Hills School, the Parent Lecture Series brings renowned speakers to our Walnut Creek campus, who share insights, advice, and inspiration on current parenting and education topics from DEI to mindset to health. Click here for the series history.

Offered to parents, educators, and community members throughout the East Bay, the Series is held two-three times a year and is an extension of the School’s mission to “develop the intellect, engage the spirit and foster respect for and responsibility to our world.”
Check out our 2020-21 Parent Lecture Series lineup below, to be held in a virtual format this year. Spots and seating are usually limited, so we always encourage those interested to register early. Please join us—we're all parenting in an increasingly complex world and thrive on the wit and wisdom of our speakers.

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  • Deborah Roffman

    How to Communicate with Young Children about Sexuality in Ways That Keep Them Coming Back for More
    Wednesday, January 27, 7:00-8:30pm
    Virtually on Zoom

    A nationally acclaimed author and educator, Deborah Roffman (she, her, hers), has taught Human Sexuality programs in the lower, middle, and upper divisions at the Park School of Baltimore for more than 40 years. Featured in numerous magazines and newspapers across the country, including a recent profile in The Atlantic, and author of three books for parents and teachers on communicating about sexuality with children and teens, she's considered a national expert on raising sexually healthy kids. Over the years, she's worked with nearly 400 independent schools and organizations in the U.S. as a presenter, teacher trainer, parent educator, and curriculum consultant. Debbie is married to her high school sweetheart, with whom she raised two now-grown sons. Their four grandchildren, ages 1-9, provide ongoing insights into how young children think and feel in today's world.
  • Dr. Wendy Mogel

    Voice Lessons for Parents: What to Say, How to Say It, and When to Say It
    Thursday, October 8, 7:00-8:30pm
    Virtually on Zoom

    Dr. Wendy Mogel is a practicing clinical psychologist, parenting expert, New York Times best-selling author and international public speaker. Publisher’s Weekly gave her—now classic—parenting book, The Blessing of a Skinned Knee, a starred review, calling it “impassioned, lyrical and eminently practical…a real treasure.” Her revelatory second release, The Blessing of a B Minus, addresses the challenge of parenting adolescents in a culture of anxiety and competition.

    Dr. Mogel’s third book, Voice Lessons is about cultivating the art of conversation—from infancy to adulthood—in an age of hurry, worry, and digital distraction. Mogel demonstrates how a shift in tone, tempo, and body language leads to an improved outcome. Children respond with greater alacrity and exhibit more warmth, respect, and sincerity. She also addresses an obstacle that flummoxes even the most seasoned and confident parent: the distraction of digital devices, how they impact our connection with our families, and what we can do about it.

    A graduate of Middlebury College, Dr. Mogel completed an internship and post-doctoral fellowship in Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. Currently, she serves on the scientific advisory board of Parents Magazine and is a frequent guest expert on national media, where she weighs in on issues of the day.

    Books available for purchase at Bel and Bunna's Books.
  • Julie Lythcott-Haims

    Talking to Your Kids about Race and Racism
    Wednesday, September 16, 7:00-8:30pm
    Virtually on Zoom
    There’s no question: talking to our children about race and racism is a difficult conversation. As parents, we fear that we will say the wrong thing, fear what our children may ask, and fear that we won’t have the right answers. Julie Lythcott-Haims, author, speaker, and activist, will share how we can start these conversations at home with our children. Identifying as a biracial woman who has spent a lot of time in white spaces, Julie will draw upon her own experiences with racism, her journey toward self-acceptance, and raising her own children. 

    Julie Lythcott-Haims is the New York Times bestselling author of the anti-helicopter parenting manifesto How to Raise an Adult. Her TED Talk on the subject was one of the top talks of 2016, and in 2020 she became a regular correspondent with CBS This Morning on parenting. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience with racism and her journey toward self-acceptance.
How does Seven Hills get these amazing speakers? I tell everyone I know about them and always bring a friend or neighbor.

— Julie, Seven Hills parent