Ashanti Branch: The Masks Our Boys Live In
Ashanti Branch, M.ED. is the founder and Executive Director of the Ever Forward Club. With over 19 years mentoring youth and 10 of those years as a math teacher educating inner city youth, Ashanti was awarded with a Fulbright Exchange Fellowship to India, a Rotary Club Cultural Ambassadorial Fellowship to Mexico and a 2010 Teacher of the Year Award from the Alameda-Contra Costa County Math Educators. Ashanti is on a mission to change the way that students interact with their education and the way schools interact with students.
Ashanti is the founder and director of the Ever Forward Club and is on a mission to change the way that students interact with their education and the way schools interact with students. He has worked with thousands of boys all over the country helping them to uncover the masks they live in, and offer them a bigger emotional toolbox leading to a fuller life.
Jason & Cecilia Hilkey: Sibling Struggles & Solutions
With Jason and Cecilia Hilkey it’s hard to talk about one of them without talking about the other. They are perhaps the only married couple that not only teach parenting classes together but also taught in the same preschool classroom together. Prior to teaching they provided therapy services to children and adults with disabilities with a business that started (you guessed it) together.
They founded Happily Family to respond to the needs of parents and teachers who wanted more information and communication tools to use with the kids in their lives. Their popular blog, classes, and free conferences touch the lives of tens of thousands of people each week.
Cecilia & Jason Hilkey are the founders of Happily Family and no strangers to siblings struggles through their time as preschool teachers, in their support of other parents, and within many years of parenthood. Join in and learn about mindful negotiation, tips for helping siblings get along, and how slowing down can support family communication.
Allison Kenny: The Complex Social Lives of Girls
Allison Kenny is the Co-Founder and Creative Director of Spotlight: Girls. This “Best for the World” Benefit Corporation inspires, educates and activates girls to take center stage. After a decade of running their popular and impactful Go Girls! program, Allison and her wife, Lynn are making it possible for women all over the country to become Go Girl! Entrepreneurs. Allison lives in Oakland, CA where she raises 3 small dogs and a 9-year-old girl with all the fierce love, playfulness and breath she can muster.
How do girls inner stories become their outer stories? Can loving and accepting all parts of ourselves lead to raising girls who do the same? Explore these questions and more with Allison Kenny, a girl advocate and fiercely loving warrior momma.
Susan Kaiser Greenland: Mindfulness Games for Kids
Susan Kaiser Greenland is an internationally recognized leader in teaching mindfulness and meditation to children, teens, parents, and professionals. She played a foundational role in making mindfulness practices developmentally appropriate for young people and helped to pioneer activity-based mindfulness with her first book The Mindful Child. Her second book Mindful Games, offers simple explanations of complex concepts, methods, and themes while expanding upon her work developing activity-based mindfulness practices.
Few teachers make the practice of mindfulness more practical and accessible than Susan Kaiser Greenland. Join us as Susan shares how to weave practice into day to life, even as a busy parent!
Rick Hanson: The Power of Resilience For Healthy, Happy Families
Rick Hanson, Ph.D., is a psychologist, Senior Fellow of the Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley, and New York Times best-selling author. His books are available in 26 languages and include Hardwiring Happiness, Buddha’s Brain, Just One Thing, and Mother Nurture. He edits the Wise Brain Bulletin and has numerous audio programs. A summa cum laude graduate of UCLA and founder of the Wellspring Institute for Neuroscience and Contemplative Wisdom, he’s been an invited speaker at NASA, Oxford, Stanford, Harvard, and other major universities, and taught in meditation centers worldwide. His work has been featured on the BBC, CBS, and NPR, and he offers the free Just One Thing newsletter with over 120,000 subscribers, plus the online Foundations of Well-Being program in positive neuroplasticity that anyone with financial need can do for free.
Resilience is how we bounce back from trauma and terrible loss, but it’s also about pursuing our goals steadily in the face of challenges. We need resilience to survive the worst days of our lives, but also for thriving every day of our life. Inner resources are the key to resilience and Rick Hanson shares with us the many ways he teaches and supports so many on this path.