P20 Talks 2012 San Diego

P20 Talks 2012 San Diego

Place: The Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel San Diego USA
Date: August 16, 2012 - August 18, 2012

In 2012, Parenting 2.0 members made history by gathering professionals across multiple disciplines and continents for P20 Talks. P20 Talks was the first professional conference to recognize Life Skills as distinct, critical skill sets teachable by third party educators. Panel discussions followed individual presentations on such hot topics as digital safety, financial literacy, and interpersonal communications.

Highlights of P20 Talks 2012 included the unveiling of Parenting 2.0′s community service organization, The Global Presence, and the honoring of Bobbi DePorter’s life work in the Life Skills arena with the Global Presence Humanitarian Award.

Dione Becker

Dione Becker is a lifetime martial artist who is fully committed to positively impacting lives through martial arts. Dione is the co-owner of a thriving martial arts academy in La Jolla, California. Today her academy is dedicated to teaching a highly organized and effective system of self-defense to children and adults, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu.  Her academy is Certified by the globally recognized, Gracie Jiu-Jitsu Academy® in Torrence, CA.

The U.S. Government’s website against bullying provides no sound solution for a child who is targeted by a persistent bully, and the string of highly publicized youth suicides is evidence that the schools cannot be entrusted with the a child’s direct safety against bullying.  The classes taught in Dione’s academy to children adhere directly to the 85-year Gracie Family history, where is Gracie’s have successfully bully-proofed tens of thousands of children. The system empowers children with verbal strategies to stand up to bullying behavior with unshakable confidence and provides a series of non-violent self-defense techniques to keep them safe if they are physically attacked.  The Gracie Bullyproof program has been featured on on NBC, CNN, and Oprah.com as an effective counter-measure to bullying. The program is engaging, fun, and will ensure that your son or daughter does not have to go through life being tormented.

Dione is also an eleven-year veteran to volunteering in the community, donating time and free classes to children and adults in fundraisers for hospitals, schools, SurfRider Foundation and a variety of charities.

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Etel Leit

Etel Leit, MS is the founder and owner of SignShine, the largest parenting and signing center for hearing children in Southern California, and the publisher of BabySignShine.com, an international signing resource for parents and caregivers. Etel is devoted to work with parents, babies, children and professionals, and has 19 years of experience in the field.

Etel’s organization was voted as Best of LA Parents Magazine Summer of 2009. She has published articles in professional newsletters, and on parenting websites including Opposing Views,  and her work has been profiled by several periodicals and online news agencies, including CNN.com and Yahoo.com. Etel’s television appearances include features by NBC Brian Williams Evening News, KTLA Morning Show and Fox 11 Morning News.

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Bobbi DePorter

Bobbi DePorter has changed the lives of over ten million kids through her SuperCamp and Quantum Learning school programs.

Bobbi broke the mold in the early eighties by creating a learning and life skills academic summer program for youth. Not your traditional camp and far from school, SuperCamp created an innovative category in engaged, joyful, successful learning that helps students relearn how they learn and reshape how they view themselves and live their lives. Now with more than 65,000 graduates and programs in the U.S., Europe, Asia and Latin America, SuperCamp is an established leader in the field of youth development.

The success of SuperCamp led Bobbi to create Quantum Learning school programs for educators and students. Quantum Learning is a transformational solution producing significant positive change in thousands of schools and districts across the nation.

Bobbi is President of Quantum Learning Network (QLN), now in its thirty-first year and is Chairman of the non-profit Learning Forum International (LFI). Author of over a dozen books, she is a leading authority on effective learning and youth development. Bobbi studied with the renowned Bulgarian educator Dr. Georgi Lozanov in the late 1970s and was an early pioneer of accelerated learning in theUnited States.

Currently, Bobbi is spear-heading the Excellence Effect movement based on the 8 Keys of Excellence to change the lives of 50 million children by the year 2015.

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Paul Rosengard

Paul Rosengard is known internationally for his creative writing and innovative pedagogical methods, which have been proven effective in improving physical activity programs, teacher effectiveness, and student outcomes. To date, he has over 25 publications in professional journals, has authored or co-authored 16 curriculum books for teachers (including the popular SPARK programs), and conducted nearly 400 professional workshops and conference presentations worldwide.

Rosengard has contributed as an intervention director and consultant to many benchmark national studies/projects in the United States including SPARK, TAAG, M-SPAN, Pathways, PEACH, OPprA, OPI, POPI, HELM, Beyond the Borders, and the Nike2GO and Let Me Play campaigns (which he wrote for NIKE). These studies focused in the fields of physical education, after school programs, early childhood, and coordinated school health.

Rosengard was also appointed the first Deputy Director of the California Governor’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports (1996) and was selected as one of 20 Special Advisors to the Governor’s Council in the last Schwarzenegger administration. He has personally written and received awards/projects totaling over $12 million dollars and currently serves on two executive boards, one in Colorado and the other in India. He is currently the Executive Director of the SPARK Programs of San Diego State University and has instructed future teachers at the University of California, at San Diego for 11 years, and Cal State San Marcos for four years.

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Rob Broyles

Rob Broyles lives in North San Diego with his wife of 24 years. Together they have 5 children ranging in ages from 14-22. Rob has worked with families and teens for over 24 years in various capacities including teen, marriage, and family counseling, Young Life area director, troubled teen boarding school program director, pastor, and entrepreneur.  There isn’t too much Rob hasn’t seen in the world of teens and families.

Rob recently started Troubled Teen Rescue, a company dedicated to seeing life and hope restored to embattled families through coaching, teaching, and therapeutic placements for teens in crisis.  Rob loves seeing lives, relationships and families restored as well as equipping parents to lead their families with confidence and peace.

Rob teaches and trains corporately through parenting and conflict resolution seminars.

My life is an open book, and I use my story to speak and challenge us as parents and individuals to lead this generation with passion and purpose.

Rob believes that there is plenty of hope, and no better time than now to seek change and begin to walk in a new direction!

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Roya Kravetz

Roya Kravetz is a credentialed Life Coach through International Coach Federation (ICF), Global Board Certified Coach (BCC) and Certified Parent Instructor (CPE) through The International Network for Children and Families (INCAF). She specializes in educating and coaching parents of children, teens, and adults whose lives are affected by AD/HD or similar behavioral and/or organizational challenges.

She has combined her professional skills with her broad cultural background to build a highly specialized national and international coaching practice based in Carmel Valley (San Diego), California. She is also an instructor at MiraCosta College Community Services.

Prior to launching her coaching and parent education practice, Roya was the co-founder and director of an AD/HD specialty clinic in Carmel Valley where she also facilitated groups for parents of children and teens who were diagnosed with AD/HD.

Roya is the co-author of 365 ways to succeed with ADHD book which was released in 2011 and 365 +1 ways to succeed with ADHD which will be released in the fall of 2012.

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Mark Romero

Mark Romero, founder and CEO of Mark Romero Music, Inc. is an internationally known sound healer, guitarist and teacher who has assisted thousands of people worldwide in experiencing instantaneous healings and shifts in their perceptions through his transformational music.

More and more people are experiencing greater inner peace, clarity, and focus simply by immersing themselves in his vibrant, rich rhythms that so beautifully sooth the soul and enrich the spirit.

Through his transformational music, Mark assists listeners in dramatically reducing stress, improving physical energy, enhancing mental functions, and eliminating limiting thoughts, beliefs, and perceptions that are holding them back. People from all over the world swear by his music as a tool to help them effectively deal with stress, remain grounded, and experience greater creativity. Information on his critically acclaimed work can be found at www.MarkRomeroMusic.com.

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Diana Sterling

Diana Sterling, Certified Professional Coach, speaker, author and trainer is a 35-year veteran business owner and innovator. Her life-long commitment to self-employment and to helping others find meaning and success has resulted in the creation of many products, programs and services including The Parent as Coach Approach, Family Coach Training and The Entrepreneurial Women’s Academy. Diana has coached and taught thousands of individuals; business owners, new entrepreneurs, leaders, executives, parents, teens and family groups.

Diana holds a Bachelors Degree in Drama from San Diego State University and is working towards a Masters Degree in Education, majoring in Adult Learning and Development at Portland State University. She has completed a Professional Certificate in Coaching at New Ventures West and holds the distinction of being a Neuro-Linguistic Programming Practitioner, by Life Design International. Diana is a sought-after radio presenter, public speaker, lecturer, trainer and facilitator in the areas of Small Business Development, Parenting, Life Skills for Teens, and Professional Coaching. She has a wealth of knowledge and communicative skills acquired through her background in coaching, teaching, drama, music and film production.

She is a member of the International Coach Federation and will be presenting her findings on the efficacy of parent coaching using The Parent as Coach Approach at the London International Coaching Conference in October.  You can learn more about Diana and her relentless passion for family, parent and teen coaching at www.dianasterling.com.

Diana is her own first client. She is married to Bill Sterling and together have three grown children. By the way – The Parent as Coach Approach…worked.

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Arnie Benn

Arnie Benn is a life-long educator, learner and entrepreneur. Formerly a middle school and high school teacher of math, chemistry and music, Arnie is co-founder and CEO of AllowanceTree.com, a virtual online family banking system that teaches kids real-world financial skills, with their own money, under close parental supervision.

Built on the premise that the most effective education is experiential, AllowanceTree is designed to mirror the real world of finance, inculcating healthy saving and spending habits, as well as teaching kids about investing, diversifying, credit, and avoiding debt.

The difficult economic times we are experiencing clearly underscore the need for financial literacy, though schools still do not teach this most essential life-skill. We must ensure that our kids leave home with the knowledge to make wise financial choices and avoid the pitfalls that trap so many into the dreaded debt-cycle. And how better than in a fun, interactive, parent-supervised platform where kids enjoy substantial financial autonomy, and can even grow their allowance!

Arnie grew up in South Africa and moved to California following college. In addition to teaching, he is a writer, composer, has produced Television programming, and has also worked with several successful technology startups in the online digital media space in Los Angeles.

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Sherlyn Pang Luedtke

Sherlyn Pang Luedtke, Success Coach and the Founder of Present Parent Training, is a results-oriented, fun-loving businesswoman, and family gal.  Her upcoming book, The Mommy Advantage:  How Having Kids Can Make You Happier, Healthier, and Wealthier, teaches parents how to use personal development techniques to alchemize the challenges of parenthood into joy, ease, fulfillment, and abundance.

Eight years ago, Sherlyn made her devastating yet rewarding leap from full-time career to full-time mom.  When her son was two, her stern parenting paradigm was overturned when she discovered the cost of controlling behavior with coercion.  She now teaches parents to leverage their mental, emotional, spiritual, and physical presence to foster deeper relationships with their children and further their own personal growth.  She uses her background in psychology, social ecology, and business to support her clients in fulfilling their dreams with balance.

She is a devoted wife and mother of two, a successful entrepreneur, dynamic parent educator, and insightful coach.

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Tami Walsh

Tami Walsh, M.A. is President of the San Diego based teen and parent empowerment company, Teen Wisdom Inc. Tami is the first life coach for teen girls in the United States is committed to impacting 10 million teens worldwide by training women leaders to become Certified Teen Wisdom life coaches for girls. Tami has personally coached and spoken to 10,000 teen girls nationwide Tami has appeared on several local and national radio and television stations including KUSI, Fox, and NBC as a teen and parenting expert.

Tami has been a featured expert on the Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen.com website, and is the author of the top selling “Did-Wells” Journal for teen girls and popular audio series, “Communication: Turning Battles Into Bridges With Your Teen” for parents.

Currently Tami can be seen in the feature film, “The Compass” with other world renowned speakers and authors. Tami is a graduate of UCLA and received her Master’s Degree from Loyola Marymount University. To learn more about Teen Wisdom Inc. and their empowering programs for girls please visit www.teenwisdom.com.

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Dr. Donna Volpitta

Donna Volpitta, Ed.D., is an educator and author who is passionate about the field of resilience.  Through her Nametags Education Program, URBrand, Pathways to Empower Curriculum, Resilience Formula Workshops, and her book, The Resilience Formula: Proactive-NOT Reactive–Parenting, co-authored by bullying expert Dr. Joel Haber, she offers practical strategies to build resilience in children.

Dr. Volpitta co-created Nametags, the education program for The One Revolution Foundation, which teaches students that “It’s not what happens to you, it’s what you do with what happens to you.” Dr. Volpitta is an education advisor for Kids Helping Kids, a non-profit organization dedicated to developing leaders through youth-led service projects. She writes an education blog for www.modernmom.com, has authored several articles, received a grant from the Department of Education, and has given presentations at numerous professional conferences.

Dr. Volpitta is a former classroom teacher with experience in both general and special education.  She holds a doctoral degree in Learning Dis/Abilities from Teachers College, Columbia University and lives in New York with her husband and four children.

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Anat Baniel

Anat Baniel, founder of the Anat Baniel Method (sm), is the author of bestselling book, Move Into Life: The Nine Essentials for Lifelong Vitality and the highly acclaimed Kids Beyond Limits. Anat was trained as a clinical psychologist, dancer, and was a close professional associate of Dr. Moshe Feldenkrais for over a decade.

Anat’s work is at the forefront of the emerging brain plasticity field. Her innovative, scientifically based methods provide concrete, powerful and easy to use tools that help change people’s brains and lives for the better. Her method has helped thousands of people, from high performance musicians, athletes, business people, and others get rid of aches and pains and transcend present limitations to achieve greater energy, strength, health and success that they often believed not possible.

Anat is world-renown for her work with children with special needs. Her brain based approach to helping children diagnosed with Autism, Cerebral Palsy, genetic disorders, ADHD, and other learning and developmental disabilities is cutting edge and is applauded by parents, health professionals and prominent neuroscientists. The outcomes experienced by the children that she works with often defy all expectations and are frequently described as miraculous. Anat and her team of teachers have trained hundreds of practitioners who continue to get outstanding results with both kids and adults.

Anat is currently collaborating with Dr. Michael Merzenich, world-renowned neuroscientist and brain plasticity expert, on a pilot research project developing an Anat Baniel Method based movement program for traumatic brain injured adults. http://www.anatbanielmethod.com/

Dr. Roger Frame

Roger Frame, Ph.D. is known as The Conflict Whisperer®.  His book, Don’t Carve the Turkey with a Chainsaw: Resolving Family Conflict was the winner of the 2012 National Indie Excellence Awards “Relationship” category.  He states that one style of conflict resolution for all situations is no more appropriate than one style of clothing for all situations.  He also discloses why conflict escalates during the teen years, and delivers powerful tips and techniques to resolve the conflicts we all face. As the President of Frameworks 4 Learning, LLC, and PineStar Publishing, he consults and conducts workshops across the United States on interpersonal conflict resolution issues.

Roger was one of the first individuals certified by the Florida Supreme Court as a Family Mediator, and was President of the Florida Society of Psychotherapists.  He has a broad range of experience working extensively with families and professionals in the schools, in private practice, and as a trainer and sales representative for The Psychological Corporation and Harcourt Assessment.  Thousands of mental health professionals, educators, and parents have experienced his quick humor, and insightful techniques in workshops that receive excellent reviews.

Dr. Frame is currently licensed in Colorado as both a Licensed Professional Counselor, and as a School Psychologist.   He received his Ph.D. from Michigan State University, his M.A. from Western Michigan University, and his B.A. from Denison University.  He has one adopted son who is now 25 years old.  Check out his blog and website at RogerFrame.com or email him at info@frameworks4learning.com.

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Devin C. Hughes – No More Bullies Lead

Devin C. Hughes, The Chief Inspiration Officer is a former college basketball player, speaker, coach, author and frequent eclectic thinker.

The son of a black father and white mother, Devin grew up in a mixed—and mixed up—world. His home life was chaotic, riddled with his parents’ drug use and unconventional ways of educating; dyslexia made academic learning a seemingly insurmountable challenge; and his identity was beyond confusing—was he black because he felt black or white because he looked white? Devin knew one thing: he needed to escape his environment and get into college, beyond which he believed the world would open up to him.

Basketball was Devin’s ticket to a brighter future, and he attended Colgate on a full athletic scholarship. Despite his determination to get to college, however, he scraped through the next four years by doing the bare minimum. Realizing how many doors he had closed for himself was crushing. The day he graduated, he knew he had to change.

Devin now provides a framework for turning around the unmotivated, lost, and emotionally distraught with real world practical solutions. After years of feeling isolated because of his mixed race and dyslexia, Devin now helps others thrive in a fragmented world.

Devin lives in San Diego, CA with his wife and four daughters. His memoir, Contrast, is his gift back to those who are looking for some inspiration and passion to move forward, not look back.  A great life is measured by progress not perfection!

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Catherine Mattice

Catherine Mattice, MA, is the President of Civility Partners, LLC  and co-author of Back Off! Your Kick-Ass Guide to Ending Bullying at Work. Through Civility Partners, Mattice focuses on helping organizations eradicate negative behaviors by replacing them with positive ones.

Catherine has had the pleasure of helping organizations like the American Red Cross, the United States Marine Corps, Kaiser Permanante, UC Irvine, and many other government, private and non-profit organizations and universities develop civil workplaces.

After dealing with a bully at work in 2004, Mattice became a subject matter expert on workplace bullying through academic research, and founded the educational website www.NoWorkplaceBullies. She has presented her research nationally and internationally; been cited in USA Today, MSNBC, and Huffington Post as an expert; appeared on NBC, ABC and FOX nationwide, and; published several articles in a variety of trade magazines.

Mattice is Past-President of the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD), San Diego Chapter, and active in the International Association for Workplace Bullying & Harassment (IAWBH). She is also an adjunct at National University and Southwestern College, where she teaches communication courses.

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Susie Walton

Susie Walton is a pioneer in parent education and has been leading seminars, hands-on workshops, full-length parenting classes, instructor trainings, teacher in-services and one on one coaching for over 22 years. In the early 90s Susie acted on her heartfelt belief that true positive change begins in the home and created an organization to help reduce stress and frustration in the areas of family relationships and raising children. 
Susie’s aspirations and dedication to providing positive change and mutual respect inspired her to open Indigo Village in 2005.

Indigo Village is a practical, and authentic creation that comes from the saying “It takes a village to raise a child”. A dynamic virtual community that provides educational and experiential-based programs in parenting and child development, Indigo Village is an internationally renowned organization, empowering people, families and partnerships.

Their innovative, cutting-edge programs provide a foundation for living passionate, purpose-driven lives. Their communities are brilliant lights of creativity and abundance connecting the Village of Humanity.

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Etay Gafni

Etay Gafni a serial entrepreneur and the owner of BrightAct LLC – a successful boutique-consulting firm, focusing on mobile, UX and software products.

Etay moved to the Silicon Valley from Israel 8 years ago with his wife and two kids, in order to be closer to the hi-tech scene.

His most recent venture, www.bankaroo.com, was co-created with his 11 year old daughter, Danielle. Having lived in the silicon valley from a very young age,  she caught the hi-tech bug, and is full of ideas for new applications and websites. The collaboration between father and daughter resulted in bankaroo – a free, online and mobile service to educate kids about making smart finance decisions and manage their funds.

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Rhonda Sciortino – Modern Families Lead

Born and raised in Southern California, Rhonda Sciortino’s experience of the beautiful southern California foothills was not that of the average middle class resident in the 60’s and 70’s. Rhonda was raised in a filthy, rodent infested, one-room shack that had no heating, questionable plumbing, and a cesspool that regularly overflowed down the dirt driveway.

The neighborhood was rough, but what happened inside the house was much more terrifying than the neighboring drug dealers, “Hell’s Angel’s,” or the people who bragged about their drive-by shootings. After a lifetime of searching for answers to the big questions of life, Rhonda found some answers, and peace to accept the unanswered. Through her books and speaking, Rhonda hopes to encourage everyone to find and fulfill the specific Assignment for their lives. There are clues, and it’s incumbent upon us to find and evaluate them and then determine to fulfill our unique Assignment to the best of our ability.

Where we came from, what we’ve gone through, and what we’ve done are exactly the things that qualify us to do our Assignments. It doesn’t matter how old we are, how incapable we may feel, or how many mistakes we’ve made. As long as we’re still breathing, we’re still in the game! You can succeed because of what you’ve been through!

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Jeff Everage

Navy SEAL training, entrepreneurial ventures, and corporate business leadership did not fully prepare Jeff Everage for his life’s biggest challenge – fatherhood. In 2008 as his young sons began fighting constantly, he dedicated as much time to his parenting education as he had to his career education. Following his first Redirecting Children’s Behavior (RCB) Parenting Course, he made the commitment to incorporate positive parenting techniques and to share them with others, ultimately becoming a certified RCB and a certified Positive Discipline Instructor.

In order to teach an ever-expanding world-wide network of parents looking to build happier families and raise self-motivated kids, Jeff co-founded www.PeaceInYourHome.com. Through Peace In Your Home, Jeff provides parents engaging online education based on mutual respect and community support.

A sought after keynote speaker, writer, and trainer, Jeff presents and writes about parenting fundamentals backed by new brain science, evolutionary development, cultural history, and common sense.

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Lauren Zimet

Passionate about giving children a healthy start in life, Lauren Zimet, M.S.,CCC/SLP is a Speech Language Pathologist with more than 15 years of professional experience. She is the founder and executive director of the Healthy Foundations Program, a brain health education program based in Georgia.

A speaker and educator, she provides speech and feeding therapy and facilitates social thinking groups for children of all abilities. Lauren teaches children about their “inner toolbox” supporting life skills. Utilizing the concepts in nurturing her own daughter, she gained valuable insight into the processes that enable children to develop and flourish.

Lauren believes when children are empowered, they discover they can do miraculous things. When parents are empowered they can make positive changes to support and nurture their children. Empowering families to make small changes, to slow down…to live and be in the present is at the core of her work.

In 2007, Lauren was part of the first pediatric health care mission to Moldova, where she provided in-service training to medical professionals and consulted with families in need. Over the years, her work has been cited in several books such as The LCP Solution by Dr. Jacqueline Stordy and Malcolm Nicholl, The Late Talker by Dr. Marilyn Agin and Lisa Geng, and magazines such as Parenting, Advance, Common Ground and The Autism Files.

Lauren earned her Master’s degree in Speech Language Pathology in 1995, from Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida and her Bachelor of Science in Communications from the University of Maryland in College Park, MD. She has a Certificate of Clinical Competence In Speech Language Pathology (CCC/SLP), and is certified in Neuro-Developmental Training (NDT).

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Kristie Bjorklund Davidson

Fourteen years ago Kristie Bjorklund Davidson had a dream.  She always had a passion for educating kids and wanted to help them turn their mundane daily homework and school projects into a positive, FUN experience.  Growing up, she herself struggled in school with finding ways to keep learning interesting and exciting.  These struggles propelled her to combine the computer revolution with everyday after school homework help on a weekly basis in the home setting.  Over the years, she has worked with many amazing families.  By implementing her “Edutainment” philosophy she has had the opportunity to change the educational experience in the home by combining online safety, tech skills, & life skills.

New technology has provided Kristie with a never ending curriculum ranging from using phonics on an Ipad for teaching a 3 year old early reading to using typing software, so that kids enter into middle school with at least 50 wpm.   This gives them the tools to stay ahead of their education, and feel confident and secure.  As an avid LA surfer girl and proud step mother of three, she has enjoyed proving that technology can be a wonderful educational tool, if used in a safe controlled environment.  Her hope is to bridge the gap between parents and their children’s tech life.

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Gayle Rodgers

Gayle Rodgers of Plan Your Dream Life is a speaker, trainer and coach working with teens and their parents to create a meaningful life.  She specializes in teaching and facilitating effective decision-making using her easy LOVE to Choose model.

Gayle believes that a proven decision-making process is vital since the brain is not fully developed until mid-twenties, yet youthful decisions have a lasting impact on our lives as adults.  She helps them put some thought in their decision-making process.  The LOVE to Choose format helps teens discover and stay on track for a life of joy and fulfillment.

Gayle is a Life Coach, a certified Dream Coach® Group Leader, certified in NLP, and is a Trained True Purpose Coach, Speaker, and Trainer.  She has always been an acknowledged leader for growth and development through education, family and business.

Gayle’s successes span experience as a junior high school teacher, a stay-at-home mom, and a profitable business owner growing her bookbindery manufacturing company to 45 employees and over $ 1 million in annual revenue.

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Renee Walker

Renee Walker is the founder of Bay Area Communities for Health Education, BACHE.  BACHE is a parent led organization that promotes the teaching of comprehensive sexuality education in California public schools, assisting school districts, teachers and parents in their efforts to bring their programs into compliance with state law and current public health policy.

Renee has over 30 years of experience in the field of Early Childhood Education, Parent Ed and works with Developmentally Disabled adults.  She is mother to two adult sons and lifelong partner with their father.

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Ken Rabow – Teens Lead

Ken Rabow is an “out of the box” life empowerment coach, a Huffington Post blogger and a Workshop and Keynote speaker on the topic of teens struggling with issues ranging from anxiety to academic indifference and substance abuse.

With over 10 years of experience as a life coach and seven years working with middle school children on special projects, Ken has formulated a way of approaching each child as an unfinished work of art waiting for us to let go of the negative parts and let the true work of art unfold.

The essence of Ken’s work with self-sabotaging teens and young adults can be found in his weekly columns at Our Kids and Huffington Post in a 13 step system that treats each person’s progress as “The Hero’s Journey”. This allows for an individual approach to each client. Ken’s podcasts on the subject can be found at iTunes.

Recently, Ken has been invited to speak to parents, teachers and students about the power of mentoring and how each and every one of us can have a profound impact on the world by micro-mentoring.

Ken was the keynote speaker at a recent day of professional development at our school. Ken has a deep interest in, and understanding of, people – their motivations, their conflicts, and in reaching back to roots of those conflicts to understand them and thereby strengthen. He listens because he cares, and those around him feel heard, empowered, and safe. A fun and highly enriching hour of music, strategy, stories, and learning! – Luke Coles – Principal, Blyth Academy Lawrence Park

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Dr. Samantha Madhosingh

Dr. Samantha Madhosingh is the Emotional Wellness Doctor. She believes that because the mind, body, and spirit are inextricably connected, emotional wellness is the single most important factor that can dramatically impact all areas of a person’s life. She is a clinical psychologist, certified professional coach, and speaker with expertise in emotional wellness, mental health, child development, parenting, and trauma.

Dr. Samantha inspires people to magnify their brilliance and live fearlessly. She motivates them to live on purpose, in power and with passion. She teaches her clients how to clear the inner barriers that sabotage their success so they can quit playing small and allow their inner brilliance shine through.

Through Dr. Samantha’s extensive training in both psychology AND coaching she facilitates her clients’ understanding and acceptance of the past, helps them focus on powerfully changing the present, and successfully build the blissful life of their dreams for the future.

Dr. Samantha has previously worked in multiple mental health care settings, including as an administrator at a psychiatric hospital, a clinical administrator for a mental health agency, and as a clinical psychologist in a school. She has served as an adjunct faculty member at The George Washington University. She has presented locally and nationally on the impact of violence and trauma on children and youth, and has coordinated school-based crises in D.C. public and charter schools as well as national and international disasters.

Dr. Samantha is a successful businesswoman and devoted mother. She loves exploring the world with her daughter and engaging in the wonderful journey of motherhood.

Dream and dream BIG! Dream with such passion and conviction that there can be no other option than for your dreams to become reality. Believe in yourself and let your brilliance shine!!


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Ray Erickson

After 30 years as a psychotherapist specializing in the treatment of adolescents Ray Erickson has consolidated the accumulated wisdom into his new book, Ten Tips to Tame Your Teen, a practical, lighthearted look at the world of teenagers and what to do with them. Ray has spent his life helping teenagers and is an entertaining, insightful and inspiring writer, public speaker and trainer who has fascinated and educated parents and professionals throughout the greater Sacramento area for many years. Ray also provides professional consultation and training for individuals, groups, non-profit organizations and corporate employee development programs everywhere.

Ray is currently working on 5-minute television and radio programs for working families who do not have the time to read a book or book an appointment, but have 5-minutes to sit down and watch an episode of The 5-Minute Family Fix or catch it on the radio during their morning and evening commutes. In addition, Ten Tips to Tame Your Teen will be released as an audiobook on July 1st. Go to Ray’s website to purchase your copy now. Both the paperback and audiobook versions will be available at the Parenting 2.0 Conference.

Ray also writes articles for publication in local, regional and national print as well as online media outlets. Subscribe to Ray’s blog or sign up for his newsletter for a steady (well almost steady) stream of good news about teenagers and great tips for working with them.

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Kelly Karius – No More Bullies Lead

Kelly is a social worker and conflict management consultant. She is the author of This is Out of Control! A Practical Guide to Managing Life’s Conflicts and the creator of the No Such Thing as a Bully—Shred the Label, Save a Child program for schools and parents, which focuses on the unique approach of removing popular labels.


Dr. Deborah Gilboa

Dr. G (Deborah Gilboa, MD) empowers parents around the country to increase their knowledge and to utilize the parenting instincts they already have, but have been dampened by stress, doubt and guilt, so that they may raise their kids to be people they respect and admire.

As a Board Certified Family Physician, mother of four, and a professional parenting speaker and writer she follows 4 basic principals when guiding parents from toddlerhood to young adulthood – Respect, Responsibility, Responsiveness and Resilience. Her book “Teach Resilience: Raising Kids Who Can Launch!” provides 50 practical moments for parents to build children’s self-esteem and strengthen their ability to navigate the world.

Dr. Lynne Kenney

Lynne Kenney, Psy.D., is a mother of two, a practicing pediatric psychologist in Scottsdale, AZ, and the author of The Family Coach Method (St Lynn’s Press, Sept 2009).

Dr. Kenney has advanced fellowship training in forensic psychology and developmental pediatric psychology from Massachusetts General Hospital/Harvard Medical School and Harbor-UCLA/UCLA Medical School. Dr. Kenney is a featured expert for Parents and Parenting magazines as well as Dr. Oz’s Sharecare.com, Momtastic.com and Pediatricsafety.net. Lynne is dedicated to sharing brain-based skill interventions, music, art and sports worldwide for happier family living.

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Deborah McNelis

Deborah McNelis is an Early Brain Development Specialist and owner of Brain Insights®.  She is the award winning author of, The Brain Development Series, Naturally Developing Young Brains, and the Love Your Baby App. Deborah has been seen in several publications, heard on numerous radio shows, and receives rave reviews for her enlightening and engaging presentations.

Deborah’s newest initiative helps entire communities, “Create Great Connections”. Her goal through this work is for everyone to gain an understanding of early brain development, it’s impact, and the ways we can all easily make a REAL difference.

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Jean Harris

Jean Harris’ extensive background ranges from being a chemistry instructor, corporate marketing representative for two Fortune 500 companies, financial consultant in a major brokerage firm, and training specialist in a non-profit organization.

Empowering parental guidance along with watchful eyes and advice of neighbors created a foundation for Jean  to have a wide range of experiences. Raising a son who is an electrical engineer has deeply enriched her life. She sees a great deal of substantial value in having Parenting 2.0’s collaborative forum serve as a virtual village to raise our children.

Currently Jean is integrating her knowledge and expertise from this background to create her own business, Launching Life Strategies, to help others accomplish their personal dreams and achieve financial autonomy.

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Karen Shaw – Teens Lead

Karen Shaw, Professional Parent! A position she has held since 1979 (and never a day off ).  She has experienced many parenting dilemmas, nightmares and challenges as well as the joys, pleasures, amazing sense of pride, gratitude and unconditional love that come with being a parent. Karen is based in Manchester United Kingdom.

Qualified as an NLP (Nuero Linguistic Programming) Master Practitioner and Hypnotherapist, trainer and presenter, Karen has been passionate about coaching parents since she discovered the skills, tools and techniques she learnt that helped change her relationship with her three sons for the better. Sons with disabilities, physical and psychological, medical conditions and labels; Asperger’s syndrome, ADHD, dyslexia and social and behavioural difficulties.

As a single parent since 2001 she has discovered many ways of creating a fulfilling, loving relationship with her children by putting together elements from Personal Development, NLP, Hypnotherapy, energy therapies, Hooponopono, Heartmath and living a ‘heart centred’ life.

Since turning her life around from being depressed, alone and struggling with teenage boys she is now loving life and enjoying a truly rewarding experience with three amazing young men, her sons. She now shares ways to improve family relationships and encourages ways to reconnect, feel more in control of life again and enjoy a happy family life. Karen’s time is devoted to helping parents and young people to be the best they can be and live happy, fulfilling and successful lives.owner Parenting Magic

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Dr. Jeannine Zoppi

Jeannine Zoppi is a Clinical Psychologist licensed in New York and New Jersey. Dr. Zoppi received her doctorate from Seton Hall University and completed post-doctoral internship and fellowship training at the Karen Horney Institute in New York City.

Dr. Zoppi is a certified School Psychologist and has been trained as an Expert Witness/Expert Evaluator through the New Jersey Division of Youth and Family Services. She has worked with various patient populations across a variety of mental health settings, including those in the foster care system and with homeless youth at Covenant House.

Dr. Zoppi serves as Member-at-Large to the Executive Board of the New Jersey Psychological Association (NJPA), NJPA Affiliate Caucus Chair and Chair of the NJPA Public Education Anti- Bullying Committee, and is Past-President of Essex-Union County Association of Psychologists.

She is also a member of NJPA’s Insurance Committee and Conference Committee. Dr. Zoppi is a member of the American Psychological Association’s Leadership Institute for Women in Psychology Class of 2011-2012.

She has presented on the topic of adoption at various local and national conferences, including those sponsored by the National Council for Adoption, the Adoption Initiative, Adoptive Parents Committee and Concerned Persons for Adoption. She is currently in private practice in Caldwell, NJ where she specializes in the treatment of adoption issues, adult survivors of childhood abuse and PTSD.



Dr. Sue Cornbluth – Modern Families Lead

Dr. Sue Cornbluth is an expert in foster care and child abuse. She is the National Foster Care/Adoption Expert on examiner.com where she writes weekly articles on child abuse and parenting.

Dr. Sue’s training manual, The Ambiguous Foster Child: Attachment, Separation, Loss and Loyalty is based on her years of research and clinical work with foster children. Dr. Sue believes that every child and foster child deserves to have a life filled with the happiness and success they deserve!

Dr. Sue is a trainer for foster parents and child welfare professionals at the Pennsylvania Council of Children, Youth and Family Services. She has counseled numerous abused and neglected foster children and has trained youth professionals on how to work effectively with foster children.

Dr. Sue is dedicated to giving child welfare professionals, teachers, parents, and foster parents the tools they need to empower themselves and their children. She has appeared on numerous television and radio shows across the country.

Dr. Sue is an Adjunct Professor of Psychology at Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. She received the award of Who’s Who Among Teachers and Educators in 2007 and 2009.

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Dr. Pilar Placone

Pilar M. Placone, Ph.D. is a licensed marriage and family therapist whose twenty years of practice is dedicated to bringing clients a renewed sense of hope and fulfillment. In her work, she assists parents and their children develop mature, optimal relationships, within the context of a busy family life.

Dr. Placone is author of Mindful Parent Happy Child: A Guide to Raising Joyful and Resilient Children (2011) provides a more holistic and comprehensive set of behavioral tools for parents, teachers, childcare providers and therapists.


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Rick Ackerly

Rick Ackerly is the founder and president of The Genius in Children, a loose association of educators on the mission of changing how Americans think about the education of young children. His first book The Genius in Children: Bringing out the Best in Your Child lays out principles of good practice for parents and other educators through stories about children in the process of learning how to become themselves. Rick writes for various publications and websites including geniusinchildren.org and speaks to school and parent groups around the country.

An educator since 1967, Rick spent thirty-four years as head of independent schools in four cities in the United States, specializing in turnaround situations. He is currently working with schools through Horizons National and with parents and schools in Decatur, IL. Rick has a Masters in Education from Harvard University in addition to graduate work at the University of Massachusetts and the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, CA. He has four children, one stepdaughter and six grandchildren.

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Deborah King

Deborah King is President of Final Touch Finishing School – the premier finishing school in the United States – which she founded in Seattle, Washington in 1989. Her passion is to equip people from all walks of life with the necessary skills to move confidently from the informal to the formal with ease and grace. She teaches how to evaluate each social and business circumstance, as well as how to respond with appropriate poise and manners based on a variety of cultural considerations.  In 2010 she co-founded Global Protocol, Etiquette & Civility Academy in Dallas, Texas.

Deborah serves as a board member for the Image Consultants’ Society International (ICSI) serving the Indian Sub-Continent and Middle East; as a Founding Director for the Institute of Image Training and Testing International (IITTI); and as a Founding Member for the Association of Image Consultants International (AICI) Civility Counts Project.

Deborah has been awarded the AICI Chapter Member of the Year 2009, AICI Civility Star Award 2010 & 2011, the NAPW Executive and Professional Woman of the Year 2010/2011 and Highline Community College’s Distinguished Alumnus Award 2010.

Deborah is a published author on civility and etiquette. In addition to her Civility Chat blog she writes a monthly column for Wise Family in North Texas and is a co-author for Image Power, Executive Etiquette Power, and The Power of Civility. Her Etiquette and Portion Plate and book are included in the Johns Hopkins Civility Archives, and her Etiquette Flash Cards won the Gold Mom’s Choice Award. Her popular Young Ladies & Gentlemen children’s program is now available as an interactive online course.

Deborah serves as a reliable resource to the media and travels extensively both domestically and internationally, teaching her principles of etiquette and poise to individuals aged five to seventy-five. She has served as a consultant to Meadowood Napa Valley since 2003 and has presented programs for public and private schools, churches, associations, and a host of companies. Hailed as the “Queen of Etiquette & Civility”, Deborah’s warm teaching style is based on the simplicity of kindness and respect for self, others and property.

Her classes instill a greater sense of potential and increased confidence for all who attend. A native of Seattle, she currently lives near Dallas, Texas.


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Mitzi Weinman – Organizational Lead

Mitzi Weinman is a dynamic, passionate speaker who inspires her audiences to re-evaluate their approach to work and life and take actions resulting in a positive impact each and every day. Her extensive experience in coaching and training comes through clearly in each topic. Mitzi speaks on a range of subjects including: Time & Productivity, Projecting an Organized Image, Building a Balanced Routine to Reduce Stress and Clutter; and so on.

Mitzi realized that the work that she does with managers, executives and entrepreneurs, transcends to students. The daily struggles that students and parents have with homework, school projects and over scheduling has led Mitzi to offer programs and coaching to students from elementary and up and parents.

Many of Mitzi’s tips and techniques appear regularly in many publications and on TV, including Fox 25 News, Martha Stewart Living Radio: “Making a Living with Maggie” on Sirius & XM Satellite Radio, Investor’s Business Daily, Boston Business Journal, American Way (American Airlines in-flight magazine), Woman’s Day, Marie Claire, Redbook, Bj’s Journal, Mass High Tech and more. Mitzi also publishes her own E-Newsletter, OnTime.

Mitzi received for B.S. from Syracuse University from the Newhouse School of Public Communications and lives in Needham, MA with her husband, son and dog.


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Melissa Pazen

Pazen’s business, Inspired Coaching, focuses on aiding soon-to-be and new parents in defining goals and raising their children to be masters of the Life Skills as espoused in Parenting 2.0. Originally a social service worker, Pazen obtained her Masters degree in Social Work from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1982. She has worked professionally with young children and families for more than five years.  In a volunteer capacity, Pazen has worked with children for more than 25 years. She is the mother of two well-loved children, both of whom are now adults. Melissa Pazen has spent her entire career in the Chicago, Illinois area. A self-proclaimed renaissance woman, she quips, “If I were software, I’d now be Melissa Pazen 5.0!”

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Dr. Raelynn Maloney

Raelynn Maloney, Ph.D., is director of A Mindful Place in Littleton, Colorado, where she practices as a licensed Counseling Psychologist. As an author, educator, and counselor, Dr. Maloney provides guidance to parents and children struggling with a variety of relationship challenges.

Dr. Maloney’s new book Waking Up: A Parent’s Guide to Mindful Awareness and Connection is dedicated to helping parents maintain healthy connections with their children. Dr. Maloney has also co-authored Healing a Child’s Heart After Divorce: 100 Practical Ideas for Families and Healing After Divorce: 100 Practical Ideas for Kids.

Raelynn is a mother of two, a student of her children and the families with whom she supports, and a learner of wisdom from her own daily practice of mindful meditation.

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Dr. Yvonne Sum

Dr Yvonne Sum CSP transforms leaders of tomorrow today. Having been a dentist, RAAF officer, executive coach, leadership facilitator & speaker, author, business partner, wife and mother of two, Yvonne has first-hand experience transcending changes across various contexts.

Yvonne consistently provokes senior business leaders to ‘lose their minds and come to their senses’ by integrating their leadership lessons at home successfully back into the work tribe in Australia, USA and Asia-Pacific. She has presented alongside Edward deBono, Howard Gardner, Tony Buzan, David Perkins, Glenn Capelli and Colin James.

Start Kidding Yourself – Learning Leadership from your Home Tribe is her first solo book due out in July 2012 by Random House. Her other resources include The 7Rs of Parenting eCourse, Intentional Parenting eBook, Intentional Parenting Coaching Program and  contributor to edited book Inspired Children- How Leading Minds Raise their Kids.

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Dr. Shirin Sherkat

Shirin Sherkat, Psy.D. is on a mission to honor children and empower parents around the world with proven, powerful, and simple parenting strategies that reduce struggles and add more joy for every member of the family.

The author & founder of Create Happy Kids, Dr. Sherkat is known as “the child whisperer” by many happy families who value her gift to see their child’s perspective as they use her methods to bring harmony to their formerly conflicted families. She teaches Preventive Strategies at her parenting workshops and is an engaging and powerful keynote speaker at conferences and conventions.

Dr. Sherkat grew up in Vancouver, Canada, earned a Bachelor of Science degree in psychology from the University of Washington and later earned a Doctorate in clinical psychology at the California School of Professional Psychology in San Diego. She resides in Kirkland, Washington.

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Mary O’Donohue

Mary O’Donohue is a married mom of two, parenting expert, professional speaker, and award winning author of When You Say “Thank You,” Mean It. She has worked in network and syndicated television production for many years, most recently as a Post Production Supervisor for “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

Mary loves to read and typically has 2 or 3 books going at the same time. She also has a passion for photography, and is an avid traveler, having spent time in several beautiful countries including China, Turkey, Greece, Ireland, France, Italy, and Malta.

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Marlaine Cover, MPA

Marlaine Cover is a Social Entrepreneur, Creator of The Life Skills Report Card and Founder of the international consciousness movement Parenting 2.0. Parenting 2.0 champions professional education for Life Skills used daily. Popularly known by her pen name “Mama Marlaine”, she is the best-selling author of Kissing the Mirror, Raising Humanity in the 21st Century, and serves as Board President for Parenting 2.0’s educational non-profit, The Global Presence.

Marlaine Cover é uma empreendedora social, criadora do The Life Skills Report Card e fundadora do movimento de consciência internacional Parenting 2.0. Parenting 2.0 defende a educação profissional em habilidades para a vida usadas diariamente. Conhecida popularmente pelo pseudônimo “Mama Marlaine”, ela é autora de sucesso dos livros Kissing the Mirror, Raising Humanity in the 21st Century e atua como presidente do conselho da organização sem fins lucrativos educacional Parenting 2.0, The Global Presence.

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Sheryl Stoller

Sheryl Stoller is a compassionate, experienced, and highly respected PCI Certified Parent Coach®, and founder of Stoller Parent Coaching. She collaborates with parents to cultivate lasting positive changes in children’s behaviors, motivation, and development. Her innovative offerings include Whole Brain Living Practices™ and free weekly Parents Re-Group Calls™. Married for 25 years and a parent of two sons and a daughter, she is seasoned, grateful, and gratified.

Her expertise is featured on NBC Chicago Weekend Morning News and in Chicago Parent Magazine. Sheryl contributes to various parent-targeted projects of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Pediatrics and the national Parenting 2.0  LinkedIn group sponsoring the P20talks.

In Sheryl’s active practice she coaches parents one-to-one or as couples, in person, by phone, or on-line. Three-way conferencing accommodates couples’ schedules. She customizes interactive topical workshops for hospitals, schools, and community gatherings.

Parents bombarded by demands, pressures, and messages are understandably sapped of energy and patience. Through Whole Brain Living Practices™, Sheryl guides parents to apply new understandings from advances in  brain research to affect their own as well as their children’s thoughts  and behaviors. In her Parents Re-Group Calls™ Sheryl creates a supportive community that revitalizes parents as they all share ideas related to that week’s topic.

Her own journey parenting her children through their difficult transitions has proven to be a powerful source of comfort, hope, and insight for the parents she serves. Sheryl listens without judgment, nurtures positive perspectives, and enables others to do the same for themselves.

A sampling from her many grateful clients: “Sheryl’s warmth, positive  approach, deep listening, and well-timed sharing of knowledge led to new insights and a personalized action plan that has been extremely effective.” “With Sheryl, I learned so much about how to adjust my parenting to empower my kids to make good choices.”

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Dr. Rosina McAlpine

Dr Rosina McAlpine is an Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. She is an internationally recognised educator and researcher with four teaching awards and five best paper awards.

Since becoming a mother Dr Rosina has developed practical and innovative approaches to parenting, including the Inspired Children Program empowering parents to help their children develop key life skills like good self-esteem, communication skills and resilience in just 15 minutes at a time.

Dr Rosina’s new book Inspired Children: how the leading minds of today raise their kids, provides the latest research into child development and parenting from preconception to teen years in an easy to read form.

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Tara Kennedy-Kline – EQ to IQ Lead

Tara Kennedy-Kline is the self proclaimed “Multi-Level Mom™”. This blissfully chaotic wife and mother of 2 boys believes in “Embracing life on the level you’re at.” Among many of her “levels” Tara includes:

Author of: Stop Raising Einstein: Discover the Unique Brilliance in Your Child…and You!Co-Author of: Mom Entrepreneur Extraordinaire, Blogger @ Mom Reality Bytes™, President/CEO of TK’s Toy Box, Founder and Mayor of RebuildtheVillage.com, Certified Dream Coach®, Speaker, Workshop Presenter, and Taxi Driver, Chef and Domestic Manager for The Kline household.

Tara signs her email as she lives her life: “Love unconditionally, Give freely, Laugh openly, Learn daily, Grow immensely”.

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Anthony Delmedico

Anthony Delmedico is a bootstrap, serial entrepreneur, author, and educational toy inventor. He is the CEO of several successful companies and has served as a mentor to many start-ups, taking them from idea stage to revenue producing reality. Anthony donates his entrepreneurial books, apprentice kits, and his time speaking to at-risk kids, students, and youth groups about the importance of Entrepreneurship.

His award-winning book, Kids in Business Around the World, teaches kids ages 8-14 how to start their own business and manage money. Anthony is a a dedicated father to his 5 year old daughter, Bella Mia, the primary emotional driver for his dedication to launching books, products and programs and leaving a simple “blueprint” that teaches kids entrepreneurship.

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Bill Dwight

Bill Dwight is the CEO and Founder of FamZoo.com, a husband to his college sweetheart, and a father of five. FamZoo helps parents teach their kids good personal finance habits through hands-on experience with its online Virtual Family Bank.

Since graduating from Princeton in 1984, Bill has been building software in a diverse range of areas including consumer Internet applications, online staffing marketplaces, software development tools, Internet advertising, relational databases, and artificial intelligence.

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Lynne L. Finch – Finance Lead

Lynne L. Finch is the author of The No-Cash Allowance: A Practical Guide to Teaching Your Children How to Manage Money. Her book has been named ‘Most Outstanding Parenting Book’ by the Mom’s Choice Awards®.

Lynne offers parents an easy-to-use money management system to help kids master the concepts of managing money without using cash—an essential skill in today’s increasing cashless society.

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Robin Sax

Robin Sax is a legal analyst for Fox11 Los Angeles (KTTV). She appears there daily offering legal insight and analysis as well as parenting and safety expertise. She also regularly contributes her legal and parenting expertise to The TODAY Show, Entertainment Tonight, Good Morning America, CNN, and HLN. She covers both the unknown and known high profile cases including Conrad Murray, Charlie Sheen, Lindsay Lohan, Casey Anthony, Jaycee Dugard, OJ Simpson and many more.

Robin Sax is an author who has penned six books, including The Complete Idiot’s Guide to the Criminal Justice System and Predators and Child Molesters:  A Sex Crimes DA Answers 100 of the Most Asked Questions all of which draw on her vast experience as a prosecutor and victim right’s advocate. Her powerful insights have regularly graced the pages of The Huffington Post, Psychology Today, People Magazine, The New York Times, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, The Los Angeles Times and the Women in Crime Ink blog.

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Tshaka Armstrong – Digital Safety Lead

Tshaka Armstrong has always been a geek and a story teller! Having poetry published as a youth and adult, Tshaka took his love for a beautifully crafted yarn to television where he’s won numerous awards, including Emmys and an Edward R. Murrow award.

It wasn’t until he took on the role of family man that he saw his gifts come into their full fruition. Along the way as he’s done his best to nurture his own family, Tshaka has also been an integral part of growing large online communities and rocked social media!

As the family tech guy (you know, the one relatives call when they have computer issues), Tshaka found that gadgets were helping drive a wedge between parents and their children. The adults were often missing out on so many “teach! able moments” due to their children having separate online lives that those parents were, quite often, completely oblivious to.

Tshaka found the inspiration to create Digital Shepherds after working in investigative news. There was story after story about how the internet and mobile technologies were being used to prey on children and how children were naively making themselves victims due to their own lack of digital literacy. Mr. Armstrong said, “enough is enough,” and Digital Shepherds was born.

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P20 Talks 2012 Schedule

Thursday August 16th – Saturday August 18th

The Best Western Plus Hacienda Hotel in historic Old Town San Diego provides shuttle service for the ten minute transport between the airport and the hotel.

P20 Talks Registration begins at 4:00 pm in the lobby of the Hacienda Hotel.


Thursday August 16, 2012

Registration/Media Presenters’ Tables*



P20 Talks Welcome

Opening Remarks by Ezechiel “Zeke” Bambolo, Jr

Paradigm Shift of P20 by Marlaine Cover



Can’t tech this!

Life Skill – Digital Safety

Knowledge is power and never more so than with social media.  P20 Digital Safety Thought Leaders discuss protecting children and their social security numbers from identity theft while connecting with them through technology.  You won’t learn everything, that modifies daily, but you will hear the top threats and be inspired to encourage everyone to continue learning.

Thought Leaders:  Tshaka Armstrong *Lead

Robin Sax, Kristie Bjorklund Davidson, Etel Leit



Can I buy that?

Life Skill – Finance

Managing money for the benefit of self and others is an essential life skill. Sadly, even fortunate children’s education can often be summed up in one word “allowance.” P20 Financial Literacy entrepreneurs provide creative ideas for enhancing the educational process and guiding all children on paths toward financial competency.

Thought Leaders:   Lynne L. Finch *Lead

Bill Dwight, Anthony Delmedico, Etay Gafni, Arnie Benn



Networking Presenters’ Tables*



Friday August 17

Registration Presenters’ Tables*



EQ elevated to IQ

Life Skill – All of them!

Every single skill set on the Life Skills Report Card (Personal Care, Organizational, Respect for Self and Others, Communication and Social) is dramatically impacted by children’s emotional intelligence. But how many parents know how to effect change?  P20 EQ Thought Leaders stimulate discussion by sharing their insights regarding proactive education of emotional intelligence.

Thought Leaders:  Tara Kennedy-Kline *Lead

Dr. Rosina McAlpine, Sheryl Stoller, Dr.Roger Frame, Laura L. Brown, Diana Sterling



Communication 101 Kids Zero to Ten

Life Skill – Communication

Even before babies are born they are learning to communicate and connect with others. Advanced interpersonal communication skills increase children’s capacity for creating healthy, relationships with friends, family and colleagues. Tragically – few receive formal education. P20 Early Childhood Thought Leaders turn the tide by promoting a proactive educational approach for this critical phase of education.

Thought Leaders:   Dr. Rosina McAlpine *Lead

Dr. Yvonne Sum, Dr. Raelynn Maloney, Melissa Pazen, Susie Walton, Mark Romero



Buffet Lunch Presenters’ Tables*



Where are my?

Life Skill – Organizational Skills

Strong organizational skills positively impact every aspect of children’s lives: school, sports, general schedule, relationships with others and self-esteem. An effective educational curriculum replaces discipline with inspiration. P2O Organizational Thought Leaders stimulate discussion by sharing their ideas for enhancing this vital educational process.

Thought Leaders:  Mitzi Weinman *Lead

Deborah King, Dr. Shirin Sherkat, Dr. Yvonne Sum,  Sherlyn Pang Luedtke, Roya Kravetz



Modern Families

Life Skill – Communication

Today’s families are spectacularly diverse. This provides unique opportunities for parents, children and the societies they form to grow in sensitivity, wisdom and compassion. P20 Modern Family Thought Leaders illuminate these by speaking in-depth to both traditional and non-traditional branches of modern family trees.  Their primary goal is expanding the variety of tools Life Skills Educators access to nurture the construction of relationships where children and parents “thrive”.

Thought Leaders:   Rhonda Sciortino*Lead

Dr. Jeannine Zoppi,  Dr. Pilar Placone,  Janet Bray Attwood, Jeff Everage, Diana Sterling



Networking Presenters’ Tables*



Saturday August 18

Presenters’ Tables*



No More Bullies

Life Skill – Social Skills

When a child has difficulty with math we say the math is difficult.  When children have difficulty communicating with other children we call the children difficult – or some other name.  P20 advocates abandoning name calling and embracing proactive education for all children in interpersonal communication and conflict resolution. Conflict Resolution Thought Leaders lead the discussion.

Thought Leaders: Devin C. Hughes *Lead

Dr. Samantha Madosingh, Dr. Deborah Gilboa, Catherine Mattice,  Dr. Donna Volpitta, Dione Becker



Teens: Endangered to Empowered

Life Skill – Personal Care

Today’s teens face unprecedented pressures and novel learning curves. The result is both teens and their parents feeling overwhelmed and underappreciated.  P20 Teen Educators inspire a redirect by sharing practical, positive ways to empower all teens and parents.

Thought Leaders:  Karen Shaw *Lead

Ray Erickson, Renee Walker, Gayle Rogers, Tami Walsh, Rob Broyles



Buffet Lunch Presenters’ Tables*



New Horizons New Narrative

Life Skill – Social Skills

In the past twenty years knowledge about the human brain has doubled – things recently considered fact are now known to be fictional.  P20 New Horizon Thought Leaders speak to new frontiers in human development while simultaneously stressing the need for greater humility, gratitude, and optimism.

Thought Leaders:   Marlaine Cover *Lead

Deborah McNelis, Jean Harris, Dr. Lynne Kenney, Janet Bray Attwood, Paul Rosengard, Bobbi DePorter



P20 Talks 2012 Humanitarian Award

Each year, Parenting 2.0 will award the P20 Talks Humanitarian Award to the individual/s whom they feel most contributed to bridging the gap between Life Skills Educators and Students.

Award Presented by Ezechiel “Zeke” Bambolo, Jr.



Unveiling of The Global Presence

The Global Presence is a volunteer service organization supporting those serving on the front lines raising humanity. The Global Presence has three primary service paths: Unification of non-academic Life Skills Educators via formation of The Global Presence Guild; Rating of Life Skills Related Resources by Guild Members; and Creation of Global Presence Educational Centers in communities worldwide. Global Presence volunteers pledge humility in their role and respect for diversity and the divine wisdom of others. Parents seeking support from Global Presence Educational Centers will always be provided a minimum of three options or resource materials to explore.


Opening Remarks by Adam Dolgin

The opportunity by Marlaine Cover

Three paths of service  Sherlyn Pang Luedtke, Marlaine Cover



Networking Presenters’ Tables



Presenters will be available for meet & greet.

Buffet lunch at Acapulco Restaurant.

Can’t tech this!
Digital Safety Life Skill Thought Leaders
Knowledge is power and never more so than with social media. P20 Digital Safety Thought Leaders share means for protecting children and their social security numbers from identity theft while connecting with them through technology their way.

Can I buy that?
Finance Life Skill Thought Leaders
Managing money for the benefit of self and others is an essential Life Skill. Sadly, even fortunate children’s education can often be summed up in one word “allowance.” Societal problems have their roots in inferior educational processes. P20 Financial Literacy Thought Leaders provide creative ideas for enhancing financial curriculums and guiding all children on paths toward mastery and brilliance.

EQ elevated to IQ
EQ Life Skill Thought Leaders
Adults in developed countries idolize IQ while simultaneously valuing EQ lower than genetic inheritance. Whereas adults regularly spend hundreds of dollars dying their hair – or even thousands on plastic surgery – when it comes to EQ children are accepted for simply learning what they live and punished when they “misbehave.” The consequences of this disparity of values dominates media headlines daily. P20 Thought Leaders aspire to balance the scales with their personal shares of transformation.

Communication 101 Kids Zero to Ten
Communication Life Skills Thought Leaders
Even before babies are born they are learning to communicate and connect with others. The quality of their interpersonal communication skills influences relationships with relatives, friends, colleagues – themselves – cradle to coffin. How many people ever receive formal education? Interpersonal communication skills can be proactively taught to children, teens, and adults. P20 Early Childhood Thought Leaders share their insights for empowering parents as they teach young children Communication 101 and expand beyond the realm of verbal edicts.

Where are my?
Organizational Life Skills Thought Leaders
Strong organizational skills positively impact every aspect of children’s lives: school, sports, general schedule, relationships with others and self-esteem. An effective educational curriculum replaces discipline with inspiration. P2O Organizational Thought Leaders stimulate discussion by sharing their ideas for enhancing this vital educational process.

Modern Families
Communication Life Skills Thought Leaders
Today’s families are spectacularly diverse. This provides unique opportunities for parents, children and the societies they form to grow in sensitivity, wisdom and compassion. P20 Modern Family Thought Leaders illuminate these by speaking in-depth to both traditional and non-traditional branches of modern family trees. Their primary goal is expanding the variety of tools Life Skills Educators access to nurture the construction of relationships where every child “thrives”.

No More Bullies
Social Life Skills Thought Leaders
When a child has difficulty with math we say the math is difficult. When children have difficulty communicating with other children we call the children difficult – or some other name. P20 advocates abandoning all name calling and embracing appreciation for all children as “learning” conflict resolution skills. P20 Thought Leaders inspire with their personal stories of transformation.

Teens: Endangered to Empowered
Personal Care Life Skills Thought Leaders
Today’s teens face unprecedented pressures and novel learning curves. The result is both teens and parents feeling overwhelmed and underappreciated. P20 Teen Educators provide a redirect by sharing practical, positive ways to empower all teens and parents.

New Horizons New Narrative
Social Life Skills Thought Leaders
In the past twenty years knowledge about the human brain has doubled – things recently considered fact are now known to be fictional. P20 New Horizon Thought Leaders speak to new frontiers in human development while simultaneously stressing the need for greater humility, gratitude, and optimism among educators.

Check the P20 Talks Schedule for Times

Transforming cacophony to harmony through collaboration.

August 16 – 18, 2012

Full Conference $300

9 Sessions 50 Presenters
Life-altering Life Skills Education
Networking with proven collaborators


Free Brainware Safari
Cognitive conditioning software $200 value


“Maximize LinkedIn Networking Opportunties” Conference Call by P20 Founder Marlaine Cover


P20 Talks Conference Highlight E-Book

Life Skills Topics

Digital Safety
Organizational Skills
Interpersonal Communication
Finance & Bullying

Presenters Tables

P20 Talks Presenters: Meet,
Greet & Book Signings

Outdoor Exhibits

P20 Talks Author Avenue
Life Skills Educational Resources

P20 Talks 2012 Sponsors

Classroom of the Future Foundation Mission Federal Credit UnionBrainWare Safari SoftwareAuthor Marketing Expert logo

Kindly review our registration policies.

Payment P20 Talks is using Eventbrite for our online registration process. Credit card accepted: American Express, MasterCard, Visa, and Discover.

Substitutions and Cancellations You may transfer your registration to another person by notifying us by email no later than August 14, 2012. Your request must include your name and e-mail address as well as that of the person who will now be attending in your place. Once we receive this information, a confirmation email will be sent to the new person.

Refund Policy If you need to cancel your registration, you must do so in writing no later than July 16th. (This is the date final deposit is due KPIJ). Full refunds for cancellations prior to July 16th. No refunds for cancellations July 16th or later.

Registrants having to cancel within 30 days of the event will still receive: 

  • $200 complimentary Brainware software
  • P20 Talks Conference E-Book – presentations summaries
  • Access to “How to miximize your networking opportunities on LinkedIn” conference call hosted by P20 Founder Marlaine Cover

If for any reason P20 Talks is cancelled by P20 Talks organizers due to some unforeseen difficulty, we will fully refund your registration fee with no penalties or other reductions. Any fees incurred by cancellations of your related commitments, including but not limited to travel and hotel reservations, cannot be paid by P20 Talks and are your responsibility.

Speakers and Schedule Although we make every effort to nail down our speaker list and the event schedule, life happens and circumstances are sometimes beyond our control. Thus, all speakers and scheduling are subject to change without notice.

Privacy Policy We may photograph or videotape speakers and attendees for use in online or printed promotions. By virtue of your attendance, you grant us the right to take such photos or videos and to use your likeness in such materials. The contact and personal information we collect about you will never be shared outside of P20 Talks. We may from time to time share aggregate data with our sponsors, but in all such cases, all personal data will remain anonymous.

A special Thank You to the 2012 sponsors

that help support P20 Talks!


Classroom of the Future

Classroom of the Future Foundation

Classroom of the Future Foundation Mission: To advance public education throughout San Diego County by inspiring business leaders and educators to enhance learning technologies and innovative practices that can measurably improve academic achievement.


Mission Federal Credit Union

Mission Federal Credit Union

Mission Fed is a leading financial institution serving all of San Diego County, dedicated to the lifelong financial well-being of more than 157,000 San Diego County residents. Accessible and connected, Mission Fed provides low loan rates and local service, with more than 20 branches, 30,000 fee-free CO-OP ATMs nationwide, Online Banking and Mobile Banking Apps. Mission Fed is not for profit, but for service, and enjoys giving back to educational and other non-profit organizations in the communities where our customers live and work. Your success is our bottom line.


BrainWare Safari Software

BrainWare Safari – Roger Stark

Learning Enhancement Corporation developes software platforms for learning that combines the latest neuroscience with motivating video-game technology. BrainWare Safari develops 41 cognitive skills in a comprehensive, integrated and engaging way.

BrainWare Safari awards includes Top 100 Products of 2011 by District Administration Magazine, Software and Information Industry CODiE Award-Best Education Game or Simulation, Parents’ Choice Award, Teachers’ Choice for the Family Award, Mom’s Choice Award, Distinguished Achievement Award – Association of Educational Publishers and Parent Tested Parent Approved Seal of Approval. LEC won EdNET Rookie of the Year Award in 2006, honoring the most promising venture in the education industry in the coming years. MyBrainWare.com



Author Marketing Expert logo

Author Marketing Experts, Inc.
Penny C. Sansevieri

Penny C. Sansevieri, Founder and CEO Author Marketing Experts, Inc., is a best-selling author and internationally recognized book marketing and media relations expert. She is an Adjunct Professor teaching Self-Publishing for NYU. Her company is one of the leaders in the publishing industry and has developed some of the most innovative Social Media/Internet book marketing campaigns. She is the author of five books, including Red Hot Internet Publicity, which has been called the “leading guide to everything Internet.”

AME is the first book marketing and publicity firm to use Internet promotion to its full impact through The Virtual Author Tour™, which strategically harnesses social networking sites, Twitter, blogs, book videos, and relevant sites in order to push an author’s message into the online community at sites related to the book’s topic and thereby position the author in his or her market. AME has had eleven recent books top bestseller lists, including those of the New York Times, USA Today, and Wall Street Journal.