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Bring us to your school, community, or event. Our experts will inspire others to join the movement to support childhood independence.
Let Grow’s team has years of experience and expertise in talking about the positive impact of childhood independence and how it relates to parenting and education. As keynote speaker or presenter, each of our experts can help your group or organization see how (and why) to get kids thinking and doing more for themselves.
Meet Our Team
Ever since her column Why I Let My 9-Year-Old Ride the Subway Alone created a media firestorm, Lenore has been declaring our kids are smarter and stronger than our culture gives them credit for. She is the author of Free-Range Kids, the book-turned-parenting-movement that garnered her the nickname, “America’s Worst Mom.” You may have seen her The Today Show, The Daily Show, Dr. Phil, or her own reality show, World’s Worst Mom on Discovery Life. A popular keynote speaker, Lenore has given talks everywhere from Microsoft to Disney, as well as at K–12 schools and colleges across the country, including her alma mater, Yale. Before all of this, Lenore was a reporter and columnist at the New York Daily News and the New York Sun. She lives in New York with her husband.
Praise for Lenore:
“She points out how our obsession to protect our kids from any possible risk ends up denying them the freedom they require to grow into happy, confident, mature human beings. In spite of the serious topic, her presentation at DreamWorks was by far the funniest I’ve seen in a long time. ” —Claire Morrisey, Story Artist, DreamWorks, Los Angeles
“Enlightening and hilarious.” —Parents Association, United Nations International School, New York City
Director for Courage, Curiosity, and Character
Irshad Manji’s innovative Moral Courage ™ framework teaches middle and high school students, as well as their educators, how to engage in polarizing issues without shaming or canceling one another. For many years, Irshad served as a professor of leadership at New York University’s school of public service. She now lectures with Oxford University’s Initiative for Global Ethics and Human Rights. An internationally bestselling author, Irshad’s latest book is Don’t Label Me: How to Do Diversity Without Inflaming the Culture Wars (Chris Rock called it “genius”). Irshad’s favorite distinction comes from Oprah, who gave her the first annual Chutzpah Award for boldness.
Praise for Irshad:
“Irshad came to our school during turbulent times. We learned that the point of a tough conversation was not to win, but to understand the other person’s perspective. Afterward, we were able to have hard discussions. —Michael, student, Lake Forest Academy
As an engineer, entrepreneur, and mother of three kids ranging from elementary school to college-age, Tracy understands what parents are going through. She sees how we are expecting less of kids when it comes to independence and far more when it comes to academics and extracurriculars. She has been helping communities and schools adopt Let Grow’s independence-building initiatives, and she sees how it makes kids more responsible and happier—and it does the same for parents.
Praise for Tracy:
“Tracy was inspiring, and we realized that change was within our reach. She gave us clear, actionable ideas on how to achieve that.” —Vanessa Elias, Wilton Youth Council, Wilton, CT
Vice President, School Programs
As a parent in the 90s, Andrea let her young kids climb trees and go to the park alone, and she taught them to do their own laundry by sixth grade. Teaching in California, Colorado, and Illinois gave her strong experience in pedagogy, assessment, and curriculum. Since 2006, she has worked in ed tech and curriculum and has presented dynamic, engaging workshops and professional development around the world. She believes passionately that social-emotional learning is the lynchpin for a successful society. At Let Grow, Andrea works to expand the reach and impact of Let Grow’s education programs.
Praise for Andrea:
“Andrea was very engaging. I loved that she involved everyone.” —ISTE 2019
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