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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
“Great information and some pretty solid belly laughs! We had a great response from the attendees.” — Meaghan Muir, Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School
“One of the most useful and entertaining talks we’ve had in the 12 years I’ve been principal. Funny, yet utterly persuasive.” – David Getz, Principal, MS114 (East Side Middle School), Manhattan
“Lenore made an indelible impact on our parents. While at first they flinched at the idea of ‘Free-Range Kids,’ by the end they could imagine letting go and feeling safe.” – Matt Allio, Director, Walden School, Pasadena
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 linchpin for a successful society. At Let Grow, Andrea works to expand the reach and impact of Let Grow’s education programs and handles operations and finances.
Praise for Andrea:
“Andrea was very engaging. I loved that she involved everyone.” —ISTE 2019
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