Peggy Orenstein

April 27, 2017

Girls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

Peggy Orenstein exposes the new sexual landscape girls face as they journey through high school and college – revealing hidden truths, hard lessons, and important possibilities of girls sex lives in the modern world.


William Deresiewicz

April 4, 2017

Excellent Sheep: Reframing College as a Time for Self-Discovery

William Deresiewicz will give his perspective on how college should be a time for self-discovery, when young people can establish their own values and measures of success in order to forge their own path. He will share his judgment that elite institutions should be, but are not, providing insight on leading, thinking, and living.


Victoria Dunckley, M.D.

February 7, 2017

Reset Your Childs Brain: Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen Time

While parents have become painfully aware that technology can be difficult to manage, what is less known is that exposure to even moderate but regular amounts of screen time by children and teens can impact how the brain functions which in turn impacts mood, focus, sleep, stress levels, and behavior. Addressing these hidden screen-related side-effects can provide dramatic improvements in emotional regulation, academic performance, and social interactions.



January 31, 2017

SCREENAGERS: Growing Up in the Digital Age

Screenagers is a 68-minute film that probes into the vulnerable corners of family life, including the directors, and depicts messy struggles over social media, video games, academics, and internet addiction. Through surprising insights from authors and brain scientists, solutions emerge as to how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world.


Barbara Bradley Hagerty

November 9, 2016

Life Reimagined: Redrawing the Map for our Health, Relationships, and Future

As your children grow up and become increasingly independent, it may be time to renegotiate your purpose, refocus your relationships, and transform the way you think about the world and yourself. Drawing from emerging information in neurology, psychology, biology, genetics, and sociology, Ms. Hagerty plots a new course forward in our understanding of our health, our relationships, even our futures.


Susan Stiffelman

October 18, 2016

Parenting with Presence: Raising Confident and Caring Kids

Parenting expert Susan Stiffelman will talk about how the behaviors that push our buttons can help us build awareness, allowing us to raise our children with ease and enjoyment. With stories and practical advice, Susan will teach us how to become the parents we most want to be while raising confident, caring children and teens.


Lloyd Thacker

September 29, 2016

Turning the Tide: Reshaping the College Admissions Process

Lloyd Thacker will speak about his decades-long efforts to bring the college admissions process back into the hands of students and parents, and out of the control of college rankings, commercial guide-books, and expensive private consultants.


Kelly McGonigal

April 19, 2016

The New Science of Stress: How to Make Stress Your Friend

Dr. Kelly McGonigal delivers a startling message: stress isn’t all bad. Through science and stories, Dr. McGonigal teaches us how life’s challenges can be a catalyst for positive action, personal growth, and compassion. She gives us practical strategies for transforming anxiety into courage, isolation into connection, and adversity into meaning.


Frank Bruni

March 24, 2016

Where You Go is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania

Frank Bruni’s latest book, published in March 2015, is Where You Go Is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania. He explained why “where you go it not who you’ll be” by providing a new perspective on the deeply flawed competition college admissions has turned into and describing a path out of the anxiety that the competition provokes. He illuminated how large public universities and tiny hideaways in the hinterlands serve as ideal springboards. In addition, he spoke to his claim that ultimately what matters are a student’s efforts in and out of the classroom.


Julie Lythcott-Haims

November 3, 2015

How to Raise an Adult: Preparing Your Kid for Success

Ms. Lythcott-Haims draws on research and conversations with admissions officers, educators, and employers, as well as her own insights as a mother and former dean of students, to highlight ways in which over-parenting can harm children, parents, and society at large. While empathizing with parental hopes and fears, she offers practical alternative strategies that underline the importance of allowing children to make mistakes and develop resilience, resourcefulness, and inner determination.


Lawrence Cohen

October 20, 2015

The Opposite of Worry: How to Deal with Anxiety and Fears

Lawrence J. Cohen, Ph. D. is a licensed psychologist, author, speaker, and consultant. He is the author of the award-winning book Playful Parenting. In his talk, Dr. Cohen spoke on the following topics:

– Teaching the body’s “security system”.
– Finding the balance between avoiding and white-knuckling through a fear.
-Lighthearted and playful ways to release anxiety.
-Tools and strategies to help parents handle their child’s anxiety.


Lynn O’Shaughnessy

September 10, 2015

The College Solution: Looking for the Right College at the Right Price

Lynn O’Shaughnessy is a nationally recognized college expert who is a higher-education journalist, consultant, and speaker. Her chief goal is to help families with teenagers, as well as high school counselors and college and financial consultants, become smart college shoppers as they search for schools. Lynn is the author of an Amazon bestseller, The College Solution: A Guide for Everyone Looking for the Right School at the Right Price. She is the college columnist for CBS MoneyWatch and she writes regularly for her own blog,, which attracts several thousand visitors a day. She also offers an online course “The College Cost Lab” that provides a blueprint for families on how to shrink the cost of a college degree.

Past Events

SCHOOL YEAR 2018-2019

Kristin Neff Self-Compassion: A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive
Katie HurleyRaising Resilient Kids in a Stressful World
Sonja LyubomirskyThe Myths of Happiness: The Science and Practice of Increasing Well-being
Film Screening and Discussion PanelAngst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety
Dr. Rafael PelayoSleep: Crucial Key to Wellness and Success
Lynn O’ShaughnessyFinding the Right Fit College at the Right Price

SCHOOL YEAR 2017-2018

Laura Kastner, Ph.D.Getting College Ready: 7 Essentials for Raising Children Who Succeed
Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D.Helping Our Boys in School and Life
Devorah Heitner, Ph.D.Raising Digital Natives
Dan Siegel, M.D.Cultivating Resilience from the Inside Out: Developing a Yes Brain in Children and Adolescents
Julie Lythcott-HaimsReal American: A Memoir
Dr. Gabor MateWhy Parents Matter More Than Peers: Restoring a Healthy Balance in Adult-Child Relationships
Sally Springer, Ph. D.Admission Matters: What Students and Parents Need to Know About Getting into College

SCHOOL YEAR 2016-2017

Lloyd ThackerTurning the Tide: Reshaping the College Admissions Process
Susan StiffelmanParenting with Presence: Raising Confident and Caring Kids
Barbara Bradley HagertyLife Reimagined: Redrawing the Map for our Health, Relationships, and Future
Screenagers – Film Showing – Growing Up in the Digital Age
Victoria DunckleyReset Your Childs Brain: Reversing the Effects of Electronic Screen-Time
William DeresiewiczExcellent Sheep: Reframing College as a Time for Self-Discovery
Peggy OrensteinGirls & Sex: Navigating the Complicated New Landscape

SCHOOL YEAR 2015-2016

Kelly McGonigalThe New Science of Stress: How to Make Stress Your Friend
Frank BruniWhere You Go is Not Who You’ll Be: An Antidote to the College Admissions Mania
Wellness PanelThe Parent Relationship Your Child Needs
Julie Lythcott-HaimsHow to Raise an Adult: Preparing Your Kid for Success
View Video of the Julie Lythcott-Haims Talk
Lynn O’ShaughnessyThe College Solution: Looking for the Right College at the Right Price
Lawrence CohenThe Opposite of Worry: How to Deal with Anxiety and Fears

SCHOOL YEAR 2014-2015

Sally Springer, Ph.D.Admission Matters: What Students & Parents Need to Know About Applying to College
Shauna Shapiro, Ph.D.Mindful Discipline: A Loving Approach to Setting Limits & Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child
Lynn O’ShaughnessyThe College Solution: Looking for the Right College at the Right Price
Wellness PanelHelping Your Teen Make Wise Choices
Laura Kastner, Ph.D.Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for Raising Successful Tweens & Teens
Film Showing: The Mask You Live In As a Society, Are We Failing Our Boys?
Moderated by Dr. Jerrold Shapiro
Ryan McKelleyUnmasking Masculinity: Helping Boys Become Connected Men

SCHOOL YEAR 2013-2014

Brad Sachs, Ph.D.Good Enough Parenting: Creating Conversations that Change Children’s Lives
Jerrold Lee Shapiro, Ph.D.Preparing For and Surviving the College Application Process
Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet & Erica PelavinMy Digital TAT2 – Parenting in the Age of Social Media
Jerry SelingoCollege Unbound: The Changing Landscape of Higher Education
Madeline Levine, Ph.D.Teach Your Children Well: Parenting for Authentic Success
Adam Gazzaley, M.D., Ph.D.Our Distracted Mind: Brain, Memory and Multi-tasking

SCHOOL YEAR 2012-2013

Film Showing: Bully – Moderated by Gloria Moskowitz-Sweet
James SteyerTalking Back to Facebook
Dean Blumberg Ph.D.Teen Brains: The Latest Research
Ben KaplanHow to Go to College for Almost Free
Deborah Gilboa, M.D.Raising Kids Who Can Launch
Larry Rosen, Ph.D.Parenting the iGeneration and Generation C: Why Our Kids Love Technology and What it is Doing to Their Brains
Christine VanDeVeldeCollege Admission: From Application to Acceptance
Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D.Surviving Junior & Senior Year: A Parents’ Guide to the Application Process Jerrold Shapiro

SCHOOL YEAR 2011-2012

Film ShowingMiss Representation
Ellen GalinskyMind in the Making: The Seven Essential Life Skills
Michael BradleyLoving Your Teen Without Losing Your Mind
Niobe WayBoys and the Crisis of Connection
Christine Carter, Ph.D.Coaching Kids Through Change
Jon ReiderThe College Admission Scene Today: Surviving the Frenzy with Style and Humor
Peggy OrensteinFrom Princess to Pop-Tarts
Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D.Surviving the College Application Process

SCHOOL YEAR 2010-2011

Brenee Brown, Ph.DThe Gifts of Imperfect Parenting: Five Guideposts for Raising Children
Fred Luskin, Ph.D.Stress Less: The Role of Stress Management in Creating Happiness
Rebecca Randall, Common Sense MediaDigital Citizenship: Raising Kids in Our 24/7 Connected Culture
Lisa Boesky, Ph.D.Is My Teen Normal: When to Worry and When to Relax
Cliff Nass, Ph.D.Multitasking and Your Tween/Teen: How Technology Effects Intellectual and Social Growth
John Medina, Ph.D.Brain Rules: How to Raise Smart and Happy Child
Jon Reider, Ph.D.The College Admission Scene Today:Surviving the Frenzy with Style and Humor
Teen Justice 101: What parents and teens need to know about drugs, drinking, and driving
In partnership with the League of Women Voters
Jerrold Lee Shapiro, Ph.D.Surviving the Application Process: A Practical Guide to the College Transition
Po BronsonNutureShock: New Thinking About Children

SCHOOL YEAR 2009-2010

Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D.Building Resilience in Our Youth: Raising Healthy Kids
Kenneth Ginsburg, M.D.Workshop for health professionals, counselors and educators who work with children
Adolescent Health Panel
– Catherine Miller, M.D. (Adolescent Medicine)
– Katherine Sutherland, M.D. (OB/GYN: Teen Sexuality)
– Francis Wren, M.D. (Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist)
– Fred Luskin, Ph.D. (Psychologist)

Guy KawasakiThe Art of Innovation and How to Nurture It
Film Showing: Race to Nowhere
Annie Fox, M.Ed.Why 21st Century Kids Need 21st Century Parenting
Frank CarbajalBuilding the Latino Future – Success Stories for the Next Generation
Laura Kastner, Ph.D.Getting to Calm: Parenting Teens and Tweens
Rachel SimmonsThe Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence

SCHOOL YEAR 2008-2009

Rachel Simmons Odd Girl Out
Laura KastnerThe Launching Years
Mike RieraStaying Connected to Your Teen
Jerrold Shapiro, Ph.D.Surviving the College Application Process
Dr. B.J. Fogg & Linda Fogg PhillipsFacebook for Parents: What you Need to Know
Leonard SaxBoys Adrift

SCHOOL YEAR 2007-2008

Madeline Levine, Ph.D.The Price of Privilege
(Note: Predates official MVLA Series)