Dr. Rick Weissbourd is a father and a senior lecturer at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Kennedy School of government. He holds a doctorate from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education as well. Rick has written for numerous scholarly and popular publications and blogs, including The New York Times, The Huffington Post, CNN, The New Republic, NPR, and Psychology. Today, he has authored two books.
DeNora Getachew is a mother to 3 children and the CEO of DoSomething.org, one of the nation’s largest organizations exclusively for young people who are committed to positive social change, and collectively taking action on the most pressing issues of our time. DeNora acquired a bachelors in Legal Studies from John Jay College of Criminal Justice and holds a J.D. from Fordham Law School.
Ron Lieber is a husband, father to 2 children, and since 2008 has been the money columnist for the New York Times. Before joining the Times, Ron wrote the Green Thumb Personal Finance Column for the Wall Street Journal, and was part of the startup team at the paper’s Personal Journal section. Ron is a graduate of Amherst College, and also an author, his first book Taking Time Off: Inspiring Stories of Students Who Enjoyed Successful Breaks from College, and How You Can Plan Your Own, was co-authored with Colin Hall, and was a New York Times bestseller.
Ethan Kross, a father of two daughters, is a best-selling author and award-winning professor at the University of Michigan, where he leads the Emotion and Self Control Lab. His expertise lies in controlling the conscious mind and understanding how self-talk affects health, decisions, and relationships. With degrees from the University of Pennsylvania and Columbia University, he has been featured in major publications and participated in policy discussions at the White House. Ethan is the author of the acclaimed book “Chatter: The Voice in Our Head,” recognized as a top book of 2021 by prominent figures like Malcolm Gladwell and Adam Grant.
Dr. Kelly Fradin, a pediatrician and mother of two, was inspired to become a doctor after surviving childhood cancer. She serves as the director of pediatrics at the Atria Institute in New York City, focusing on innovative preventive care. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, she worked as a public health advocate in the South Bronx and launched her popular Instagram account, “Advice I Give My Friends,” offering evidence-based guidance to families. Her book “Advanced Parenting” is based on her experiences, helping parents navigate healthcare and education systems. She’s a Harvard and Columbia College of Physicians and Surgeons graduate, and her latest book is making waves in parenting discussions.
Kirsten Jones is a mother of three and a former Hall of Fame division one volleyball player. She is a motivational speaker, writer, and peak performance coach for teen athletes and their parents. She also hosts the podcast “Raising Athletes,” where she interviews various sports figures. Kirsten is a guest expert on websites like Grown and Flown and ILoveToWatchYouPlay.com, where she writes about the challenges of raising both strong athletes and exceptional individuals. With over 14 years of experience at Nike, she worked as a footwear executive in Europe and at Nike’s World Headquarters in Oregon. Kirsten holds a BA from the College of William and Mary, and her newly released book, “Raising Empowered Athletes,” is a central focus of her current work.
Jim Steyer is a father of four, a Stanford University professor and the CEO of Common Sense Media. With a foundation in law, he began his career as a law clerk and later served as a civil rights attorney for the NAACP, concurrently founding the East Palo Alto Community Law Project during law school. His dedication to education traces back to volunteering as a reading tutor in New York City public schools, and he has taught in various disadvantaged communities, emphasizing his commitment to underserved youth. Jim holds degrees from Stanford University and Stanford Law School. In the media industry, he chaired JP Kids and co-founded the Center for the Next Generation in 2012 with his brother Tom Steyer, before establishing Common Sense Media, a nonpartisan organization focused on children’s well-being.
Laurence Steinberg, a distinguished professor at Temple University with over 50 years of expertise in researching, teaching, and writing about parenthood and psychological development. With a vast body of work, including nearly 500 articles and essays, and authorship of 17 books, such as “Age of Opportunity” and “You and Your Adolescent,” he is a leading authority in the field. He holds degrees from Vassar College and Cornell University and is a prolific contributor to reputable publications like the New York Times and the Wall Street Journal, Laurence is also a frequent guest on NPR. He brings a wealth of knowledge to his latest book, “You and Your Adult Child: How to Grow Together in Challenging Times.”