In early March 2020, a group of parenting authors coalesced with a goal of sharing support, insights, and career advice about speaking to schools, parents, corporations, organizations, and mental health groups. Shortly after our first meeting, the speaking circuit shut down due to COVID-19, bringing all our travel to a crashing halt and forcing us to pivot in our work. Our bi-monthly call turned from a networking group into a lifeline for emotional support and making sense of the impact the coronavirus pandemic would have on children and families. From those conversations, the Parenting in Place masterclass series emerged.


Leslie Priscilla Arreola-Hillenbrand

Leslie Priscilla Arreola-Hillenbrand is a first generation non-Black Chicana mother to three biracial children ages 8, 2, and under 1. She is a descendant of Indigenous Tarahumara Rarámuri and Spanish lineages who resides on occupied Tongva and Acjachemen land, also known as Orange County, CA. Formerly an early childhood teacher and 1:1 behavioral coach, Leslie shares her medicine by offering coaching, workshops, support and advocacy for Latinx/Chicanx families locally, nationally and internationally via Latinx Parenting, a bilingual organization and movement rooted in children’s rights, social and racial justice, the individual and collective practice of nonviolence and reparenting, intergenerational and ancestral healing, cultural sustenance, and the active decolonization of oppressive practices in our families. Visit Laxtinx Parenting here. 

Nefertiti Austin

Author and memoirist Nefertiti Austin writes about the erasure of diverse voices in motherhood in Motherhood So White: A Memoir of Race, Gender and Parenting in America. Her work around this topic has been short-listed for literary awards and appeared in the Washington Post, Huffington Post, MUTHA, The Establishment, matermea.com, Essence.com, Adoptive Families magazine, PBS SoCal’s To Foster Change and PBS Parents. Nefertiti is a former Certified PS-MAPP Trainer, where she co-led classes for participants wanting to attain a license to foster and/or adopt children from the foster care system. An alumna of Breadloaf Writers’ Conference and VONA, her first two novels, Eternity and Abandon, helped usher in the Black Romance genre in the mid-1990s. Visit Nefertiti’s website here. 

Michele Borba, EdD

Michele is an educational psychologist with a doctorate in educational counseling and psychology and an M,A. in learning disabilities. She is the author of 24 books for parents and educators, including her most recent UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About Me World, as well as Building Moral Intelligence: 7 Essential Virtues That Teach Kids to Do the Right Thing, and The Big Book of Parenting Solutions. Michele is a TODAY contributor and spokesperson for major corporations with expertise in parenting, empathy, SEL, character development, bullying, and resilience. Visit Michele’s website here. 

Tina Payne Bryson, LCSW, PhD

Tina is the author of the forthcoming The Bottom Line for Baby and co-author (with Dan Siegel) of The Power of Showing Up, The Yes Brain, and two New York Times bestsellers, The Whole Brain Child and No-Drama Discipline, both of which have been translated into over forty languages. Tina is a psychotherapist and the Founder/Executive Director of The Center for Connection, a multidisciplinary clinical practice that uses an interpersonal neurobiology lens. Dr. Bryson keynotes conferences and conducts workshops for parents, educators, clinicians, and industry leaders all over the world, and she makes frequent media appearances. Visit Tina’s website here. 


Christine Carter, PhD

Christine is an author, speaker, and coach. Her books include The New Adolescence: Raising Happy and Successful Teens in an Age of Anxiety and Distraction, The Sweet Spot: How to Accomplish More by Doing Less, and Raising Happiness: 10 Simple Steps for More Joyful Kids and Happier Parents. A sociologist and senior fellow at UC Berkeley’s Greater Good Science Center, Carter draws on the latest scientific research in psychology, sociology, and neuroscience to help her clients lead their most meaningful, joyful, and productive lives. Visit Christine’s website here.


Phyllis Fagell 

Phyllis is a licensed clinical professional counselor, certified professional school counselor and journalist. She is the author of Middle School Matters, a journalist, and a frequent contributor to The Washington Post‘s On Parenting column, a columnist for the education associations AMLE and PDK, Intl, and a freelancer for Working Mother, Psychology Today, U.S. News, Edutopia, ASCD, among others. Visit Phyllis’s website here.



Derrick Gay, EdD 

Dr. Derrick Gay is an international educator with 23 years of experience consulting with schools and businesses to cultivate cultural competency, promote empathy, and deepen inclusion. Fluent in English, Spanish, French, Italian, and Portuguese, Dr. Gay partners with schools around the world, in addition to sustaining ongoing relationships with Sesame Street, Enrollment Management Association, KIPP Foundation, and Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Gay also lectures at Columbia Business School and the International Fashion Academy in Paris, where he teaches Intercultural Competency to undergraduate and graduate students. Visit Derrick’s website here.



Devorah Heitner, PhD

Devorah researches, writes, and speaks about young people and their relationships with digital media and technology. She is the author of Screenwise: Helping Kids Thrive (and Survive) in Their Digital World and the Connecting Wisely curriculum and the founder of Raising Digital Natives a resource for parents and educators seeking advice on how to help children thrive in a digital world. Her mission is to cultivate a culture of empathy and social/emotional literacy in our digital lives. Dr. Heitner’s work has appeared in the New York Times, the Washington PostThe Wall Street Journal, TIME magazine and Education Week. She has a Ph.D. in Media/Technology & Society from Northwestern University and has taught at DePaul and Northwestern Universities. Devorah is delighted to be raising her own digital native. Visit Devorah’s website here.



Katie Hurley, LCSW

Katie is a child and adolescent psychotherapist, writer, speaker, and author of No More Mean Girls, The Happy Kid Handbook, and The Depression Workbook for Teens. Katie is the founder of “Girls Can!” empowerment groups for girls between ages 5-11. Katie covers child and adolescent development, mental health, and parenting for the Washington Post, Psychology Today, PBS Parents, and Everyday Health. She practices psychotherapy in the South Bay area of Los Angeles and earned her BA in psychology and women’s studies from Boston College and her MSW from the University of Pennsylvania. Visit Katie’s website here.


Ned Johnson

Ned is an author, speaker, and the founder of PrepMatters, an educational company providing academic tutoring, educational planning and standardized test prep. A professional “tutor-geek” since 1993, Ned has spent more than 40,000 one-on-one hours helping students conquer an alphabet of standardized tests. Ned has written for the New York Times, The Telegraph, U.S. News & World Report & The Washington Post. He is coauthor of Conquering the SAT: How Parents Can Help Teens Overcome the Pressure and Succeed and with Dr. William R. Stixrud of the national bestseller The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives. Visit Ned’s website here.


Christine Koh, PhD

Christine Koh is a music and brain scientist turned multimedia creative who creates content to help people reduce the emotional, physical, and logistical stressors from their lives so they have more room to pursue what they care about and enjoy. She is the co-host of the Edit Your Life podcast, co-author of Minimalist Parenting, founder/editor of BostonMamas.com, designer of Brave New World Designs, and creative director at Women Online. Christine lives in the Boston area with her husband Jonathan, daughters Laurel and Violet, and standard poodle James. Visit Christine’s website here.


Jessica Lahey

Jessica writes about education, parenting, and child welfare for The Atlantic, The Washington Post and the New York Times and is the author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. A sought-after speaker, she is a member of the Amazon Studios Thought Leader Board and wrote the curriculum for Amazon Kids’ The Stinky and Dirty Show. Her second book, The Addiction Inoculation: Raising Healthy Kids in a Culture of Dependence will be released in April of 2021. Visit Jessica’s website here.


Madeline Levine, PhD

Madeline is a clinician, consultant, educator and speaker, and the author of New York Times bestselling books, Teach Your Children Well and The Price of Privilege. Her newest book is Ready or Not: Preparing Our Kids to Thrive in an Uncertain and Rapidly Changing World (Harper, February 2020). She is a cofounder of Challenge Success, a project of the Stanford Graduate School of Education that provides families and schools with the practical, research-based tools they need to create a more balanced and academically fulfilling life for kids. She also is a consultant to BDT & Company and their clients, a merchant bank that advises and invests in founder and family-led companies.  She lives in San Francisco with her husband and is the proud mother of three adult sons and their expanding families. Visit Madeline’s website here.


Katherine Reynolds Lewis 

Katherine is a journalist, parent educator and author based in the Washington D.C. area on topics including parenting, children, education, mental health, technology, work, entrepreneurship, caregiving, diversity, equity and inclusion. Her award-winning book The Good News About Bad Behavior: Why Kids Are Less Disciplined Than Ever — And What to Do About It is based on the most-read article ever published by Mother Jones. Katherine’s work has also appeared in The Atlantic, Experience Life, Fortune, Medium, New York Times, Parents, Slate, USA Today, Washington Post and Working Mother. Katherine holds a BA in physics from Harvard and is a certified parent educator with the Parent Encouragement Program in Kensington, Md. Visit Katherine’s website here.


Julie Lythcott-Haims, JD, MFA

Julie is a speaker, activist, and the author of the New York Times bestselling 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 contributor on parenting for CBS This Morning. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning memoir Real American, on being Black and biracial in white spacesJulie is a former Stanford dean and corporate lawyer, and sits on the boards of Common Sense Media, Global Citizen Year, Foundation for a College Education, and Lean In. Her forthcoming book is Your Turn: How to Be an AdultVisit Julie’s website here.


Audrey Monke, MA

Audrey is a parent/teacher/youth educator and speaker, a summer camp owner/director (Gold Arrow Camp), the author of Happy Campers: 9 Summer Camp Secrets for Raising Kids Who Become Thriving Adults, and the host of the Sunshine Parenting podcast. Audrey served as president of the Western Association of Independent Camps board from 2007-2010, and is a regular contributor to the American Camp Association’s Camping Magazine and the Camp Parents Blog. She currently serves on the magazine’s Editorial Advisory Committee, and is a regular speaker at national and local camp industry conferences. Visit Audrey’s website here.


Deborah Reber, MA

Debbie is a parenting activist, New York Times bestselling author, speaker, and founder of TiLT Parenting, a top resource and podcast for parents raising neurologically atypical (differently wired) children. A regular contributor to Psychology Today and ADDitude Magazine, Debbie’s newest book is Differently Wired: Raising an Exceptional Child in a Conventional World. Prior to launching TiLT, Debbie spent more than fifteen years writing books for women and teens, including Doable: The Girls’ Guide to Accomplishing Just About Anything, and Chill: Stress-Reducing Techniques for a More Balanced, Peaceful You. She is frequently interviewed about education, understanding, and support for neurodivergent children. Visit Debbie’s website here.


Catherine Steiner-Adair, EdD

Catherine is a clinical psychologist and consultant to schools, and author of the award-winning The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age. She is an expert in child development, education, and family relationships, and a frequent keynote speaker and workshop leader for parents, educators, health professionals and industry leaders worldwide. She works with school leaders to develop initiatives that strengthen resilience and all the elements of wellbeing, adapting best practices in using technology while minimizing the risks it poses at school and home.  Catherine was for 20+ years a Clinical Instructor and Research Associate at Harvard Medical School, and has been a resource for the media throughout her career. Visit Catherine’s website here.


William Stixrud

Bill is a clinical neuropsychologist and founder of The Stixrud Group. He is a member of the teaching faculty at Children’s National Medical Center and an assistant professor of psychiatry and pediatrics at the George Washington University School of Medicine. He is the author, with Ned Johnson, of the nationally bestselling book, The Self-Driven Child: The Science and Sense of Giving Your Kids More Control Over Their Lives, and is a frequent lecturer and workshop presenter and the author of several articles and book chapters on topics related to adolescent brain development, stress and sleep deprivation, integration of the arts in education, and meditation. His work has been featured in publications such as The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London, The Wall Street Journal, U.S. News and World Report, Time Magazine, Scientific American, Business Week, Barron’s, and, New York Magazine. Visit William’s website here.



10% of the proceeds for the Masterclass will be donated to several charities to support Covid-19 and social justice related work.