Help Kids Build Confidence & Resilience

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50 tools to help kids:

  • Boost confidence in themselves
  • Alleviate anxiety
  • Build resilience
  • Believe in their abilities
  • Thrive in social situations

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This summit is for you if you want to help kids ages 5-18:

  • Speak confidently in groups
  • Believe in themselves
  • Socialize with confidence
  • Overcome fear of failing
  • Become more productive and focused
  • Improve their social skills
  • Make and keep friends more easily
  • Feel comfortable with who they are
  • Trust their abilities
  • Worry less

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Have confidence that if you have done a little thing well, you can do a bigger thing well too.

- David Storey, playwright, screenwriter, novelist and professional rugby player

Meet Your Experts!

Brooks Gibbs

Confidence from the Inside Out


In this intriguing and content-packed interview, Brooks answers these important questions:

  • What’s the difference between aggression and bullying?
  • How do we victim-proof students?
  • What can kids do to increase their frustration tolerance?
  • How do we teach kids to apologize?
  • What do we need to teach children about social exclusion?
  • How do we help kids who have an incessant need for approval?

Brooks Gibbs is an award winning resilience educator who teaches students, parents, and teachers how to build emotional strength and resolve conflict. He is the author of Raise Them Strong and creator of SQUABBLES. Over 2,500 schools have hired him to speak allowing him to reach 2 million students face-to-face. His viral videos have amassed more than 250 million views worldwide. He specializes in teaching youth how to be emotionally resilient and inspires them to live by the Golden Rule.

Ellen Hendriksen, PhD

Tools to Transform Social Anxiety


With equal parts knowledge and humor, Dr. Hendriksen will answer these questions and much more:

  • What are symptoms of social anxiety, and is there a genetic component?
  • What are two big lies that anxiety tells you?
  • What do we need to know about the comfort zone and the terror zone?
  • How can we find and use a “hook” in conversation with others?
  • What are some techniques for engaging in social media in a healthy way?
  • How can “being brave for one minute” help with social anxiety?

Dr. Ellen Hendriksen is a clinical psychologist who helps millions calm their anxiety and be their authentic selves. She serves on the faculty at Boston University’s Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD) and is the author of HOW TO BE YOURSELF: Quiet Your Inner Critic and Rise Above Social Anxiety. During Ellen’s tenure as founding host of the award-winning podcast, Savvy Psychologist, the podcast was downloaded 15 million times, rose as high as #3 on the overall iTunes charts, and was picked as a Best New Podcast on iTunes. Dr. Hendriksen earned her PhD at UCLA and completed her training at Harvard Medical School.

James Anderson

Helping Kids with Effort, Mistakes, and Mindset


James shares the ins–and–outs of growth mindset by revealing answers to these questions and more:

  • How can kids focus on self-improvement rather than proving themselves to others?
  • What are some of the big myths about cultivating a growth mindset?
  • What are four different types of effort?
  • How do we help kids that constantly compare themselves to others?
  • How can we approach thinking as a skillful process?
  • What’s the importance of understanding one’s backstory?
  • How can kids embrace mistakes with a growth mindset?

James Anderson is an Australian-based international speaker, author and educator who is passionate about helping fellow educators develop students as better learners. Originally a teacher and school leader, for the past 20 years, James has been working with schools to make classrooms more thoughtful places. He challenges teachers to think deeply about their own Mindsets and how their beliefs are communicated to students in often subtle and unintended ways.

Hazel Harrison, ClinPsyD

The Science of Confident Brains


Hazel brings psychology out of the clinics and into everyday life. She will answer these questions and more:

  • What is the importance of teaching your children about the brain?
  • How can you use stress to your advantage?
  • What are some evidence based ways to build resilience?
  • How can I help my child build a resilient mindset?
  • What’s the best way to set goals?
  • Can mindfulness and technology be friends?

Dr. Hazel Harrison is a Clinical Psychologist with more than 10 years of professional experience in both the National Health Service (NHS) and private sector. She works with businesses and schools, sharing what she knows from psychology research. Hazel is the founder of ThinkAvellana, which offers a range of services designed to help individuals, families, schools and businesses to thrive using the science of psychology as the foundation.

Rosalind Wiseman

Creating Cultures of Dignity


Don’t miss this illuminating interview where Rosalind answers to these questions and more:

  • What is the importance of dignity?
  • Respect – are there both positive and negative connotations?
  • How can we achieve a balance between rights and responsibilities?
  • What is the difference between gossip and venting?
  • How can we utilize the concept of “Owning Up”?
  • Teasing – how do you know when you’ve crossed the line?

From where we learn to where we work, Rosalind Wiseman fosters civil dialogue and inspires communities to build strength, courage and purpose. She is the founder of Cultures of Dignity; an organization that shifts the way communities think about our physical and emotional well-being by working in close partnership with the experts of those communities–young people, educators, policy makers, and business and political leaders. She is a contributor and curriculum creator for the Anti-Defamation League and as a multiple New York Times Best seller best known for being the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: the groundbreaking, best-selling book that was the basis for the movie and Broadway Musical Mean Girls. Wiseman is the author of the Owning Up Curriculum, a comprehensive social justice program for grades 4-12 which is in widespread use across the world.

Vanessa Van Edwards

The Science of Succeeding with People


Vanessa breaks down the science of people and social interactions like no other. She’ll answer these questions and more:

  • What is the relationship between personality traits and genetics?
  • Why should we consider the traits of extroversion, introversion, and ambiversion when conversing with others?
  • What does it mean to be popular and a “first-liker“?
  • How can we ask questions to create and build conversations?
  • How can we better utilize hand-gestures and non-verbal communication with others?
  • What are the Big 5 Personality traits?

Vanessa is Lead Investigator at Science of People. She is the bestselling author of Captivate: The Science of Succeeding with People.  Vanessa shares tangible skills to improve interpersonal communication and leadership, including her insights on how people work. She is renowned for teaching science-backed people skills to audiences around the world. Her groundbreaking and engaging workshops and courses teach individuals how to succeed in business and life by understanding the hidden dynamics of people. She regularly speaks to innovative companies including Google, Facebook, Comcast, Miller-Coors, Microsoft, and Penguin Random-House. She has been a spokesperson for Dove, American Express, Clean and Clear and Symantec.

Ty Tashiro, PhD

The Strength and Beauty of Awkward People


Dr. Tashiro gives us a new science-based perspective on why being socially awkward can be awesome. Check out his unique take on these questions:

  • How does awkwardness contribute to processing the world differently?
  • How can we use our worry as a form of preparation for interaction with others?
  • What do you understand the beauty of awkward people to be?
  • What role does empathy play when it comes to social awkwardness?
  • How can one “fit in” without losing themselves?
  • Can you explain the social technique of getting others to talk about themselves?

Ty Tashiro is an author and relationship expert. In his latest book, AWKWARD: The Science of Why We’re Socially Awkward and Why That’s Awesome, he explains why some of the same characteristics that make people feel socially awkward can be the same traits that propel them toward extraordinary achievements. He received his PhD in psychology from the University of Minnesota and has been an award winning professor at the University of Maryland and University of Colorado. He lives in New York City.

Lorraine Thomas

Taking the Fear Out of Failure


Lorraine will talk to us about parenting to help positively transform anxiety and fear. Tune in to learn answers to these questions and more:

  • What are some good habits of great parents?
  • How often do children feel stressed and what does it look like?
  • How to create a healthy “screen” ethos?
  • How can we get out from under the “failure shadow?”
  • How do we teach our children to take responsibility for their emotions?
  • What are the secrets of successful family routines?

Lorraine Thomas is the Chief Executive of The Parent Coaching Academy. She is the author of The 7-Day Parent Coach, Get A Life and The Mummy Coach. She appears regularly in the national media commenting on parenting issues. Lorraine has over 20 years of experience working with executives within the corporate, public and voluntary sectors. She has a first-class honors degree in education from Cambridge University and is a qualified teacher.

Jennifer Kolari, MSW, RSW

Love, Fear and Confidence


Jennifer uses the neuroscience of love and compassion to help kids boost confidence. Catch her answers to these questions and more:

  • Where does confidence comes from?
  • What is parenting from fear?
  • What is an empathy drought?
  • What is bullying and how can you teach your child to stand up?
  • What does it mean to interview for pain?
  • How do we help our kids find a place where they belong?

Jennifer Kolari is an international speaker and the founder of Connected Parenting. A child and family therapist with a busy practice based in Toronto and San Diego, Kolari is also the author of Connected Parenting: How to Raise A Great Kid and You’re Ruining My Life! (But Not Really) Surviving the Teenage Years with Connected Parenting. Kolari entertains and educates audiences with her powerful parenting model based on the neurobiology of love. Kolari’s wisdom, wit and down-to-earth style helps parents navigate modern-day parenting problems, offering real-life examples, as well as practical and effective tools and strategies.

Bolaji Oyejide

The Journey of a Confident Child


Bolaji’s remarkable journey inspires kids to find their inner superhero. Don’t miss his story and answers to these questions:

  • What does it mean to mask our inner “brokenness?”
  • What is the misconception of shyness and arrogance, and the difference between shyness and introversion?
  • What are some ways to help our children develop confidence?
  • How can we find our community around our passion?
  • What does it mean to adopt a heroic identity?

Bolaji Oyejide, author of the bestselling Brave Little Heroes series (50+ books) uses stories to help kids discover “their own inner super powers and inner awesome.” His Bravepreneur Parents Academy podcast, helps parents create unforgettable moments with their kids. His passion for “doing stuff that matters” has taken him to the Olympics, MTV, and several national media outlets.

Justin Coulson, PhD

Helping Kids Foster Authentic Confidence


Dr. Coulson explores the meaning of confidence like no other. Catch this must-see interview with answers to these questions:

  • What is the fine line between confidence and arrogance?
  • How can praising your child be a problem? What is self-praise?
  • How can we help children identify their character?
  • How does comparison function as the thief of joy?
  • In what ways can we help our children create their senses of identity?

After a successful radio career Justin Coulson returned to school in his late 20’s where he earned his psychology degree from the University of Queensland and his PhD in psychology from the University of Wollongong. Since then he has written multiple peer-reviewed journal articles and scholarly book chapters, as well as several books including the 21 Days to a Happier Family and 9 Ways to a Resilient Child.  He is one of Australia’s most respected and popular parenting authors and speakers. He is sought after for his expertise in family life, relationships, and wellbeing and resilience.

Jodie Lowinger, PsyD

Raising Resilient, Confident Kids


Dr. Jodie Lowinger reveals the secrets of raising resilience as she answers these questions and more:

  • What are the differences between oppositional behavior, defiance and anxiety?
  • How can we help our children develop an understanding and awareness of feelings?
  • How can we help children with avoidant behavior?
  • What are the cognitive and physiological components to anxiety?
  • What is psychological safety and how can we build it?
  • What is the importance of value driven actions?

Dr. Jodie Lowinger is passionate about coaching individuals and organizations to empower the development of mental strength, agility and resilience; and enable peak performance. MindStrength combines practical, solution-oriented strategies; clinical and corporate experience; delivered in an authentic and engaging style.  She holds a Doctor of Clinical Psychology and Master of Science from the University of Sydney and was awarded the University Medal for Psychology (UNSW). She has 20 years organisational and clinical experience working as a Clinical Psychologist, Executive Coach and Management Consultant.

Alexandra Eidens

Leading Big Lives with Growth Mindsets


Alexandra will discuss with us her Big Life Journal for kids and the foundations of developing a growth mindset. She’ll be sharing answers to these questions and more!

  • In what ways can parents, themselves, help shift their child’s mindset?
  • How and why should we use growth statements to praise children?
  • What can kids do to develop a growth mindset themselves?
  • How can the activity of parents journaling with their children benefit their development?
  • What are some simple ways to cultivate inner confidence and positive self-talk?

Alexandra Eidens founded Big Life Journal in 2017 when Alexandra and her husband Scott decided to create child-friendly resources to develop a growth mindset, using language and stories kids could relate to and easily understand. Since then, Big Life Journal has continued to grow, with word quickly spreading around the world! Today, Big Life Journal resources are used in hundreds of thousands of homes and schools around the world and the community has grown to over 500,000 parents and educators.

Tamar Chansky, PhD

Turning the Tables on Negative Thinking


Dr. Chansky teaches us how to free children from negative thoughts by revealing answers to these questions:

  • How and why do we personally narrate and edit our lives?
  • Why do some kids have more negative thoughts?
  • How do we continue to empathize when negativity persists?
  • What are the three Ps of worry?
  • What does it mean to “become your child’s editor?”
  • How can we relabel and recognize the “what ifs?”

Dr. Tamar Chansky, a licensed psychologist, is the Founder and Director of the Children’s and Adult Center for OCD and Anxiety in Plymouth Meeting, PA and She is the author of numerous books on the treatment of anxiety, including the popular Freeing Yourself from Anxiety Series: Freeing Your Child From Anxiety, Freeing Your Child from Negative Thinking, and Freeing Your Child From Obsessive Compulsive Disorder.

Mick Walsh, BScEd

Wellbeing Education in the Classroom


Mick Walsh is passionate about student wellbeing in and out of the classroom, and he’ll be sharing with you his insights and experiences as he addresses these questions and more:

  • How can we best empower students and educators?
  • What are some ways to build empathy back into schools?
  • How are “good character” and “doing for others” integral to wellbeing?
  • What is a keystone habit?
  • Can you explain the five steps you believe one should take before walking into a classroom?

Mick Walsh has been a leading and innovative educator, author and coach across Australia and internationally for many years. His focus is on empowering teachers and school leaders to enter into meaningful dialogue about their core business of learning, teaching and building student and teacher wellbeing to enable collective beliefs, expectations and practices. As an experienced former college leader and avid researcher of positive psychology, he authored the Learning Curve Positive Education and Wellbeing program used in numerous schools worldwide.

Jessica Ortner

Tapping for Greater Confidence


Jessica Ortner is versed both in the science and experience of the Emotional Freedom Technique or “tapping.” Don’t miss her talk where she answers these questions and more:

  • What exactly is tapping?
  • What research supports tapping as a modality for relieving anxiety, chronic pain, and boosting well-being?
  • How can parents use tapping to navigate their own anxiety?
  • How can kids and teens use tapping to boost their confidence?
  • Can you walk us through some different tapping exercises we can use at home right now?

Jessica Ortner is the NY Times bestselling author of The Tapping Solution for Weight Loss and Body Confidence and producer of The Tapping Solution, the breakthrough documentary film on EFT tapping. She has led more than 5,000 women through her revolutionary Weight Loss and Body Confidence online program, and she is also the host of The Tapping World Summit, an annual online event that has attracted more than 1,000,000 attendees from around the world.

Mitch Prinstein, PhD

The Science of Being Popular


Dr. Mitch Prinstein breaks down the science of why people are popular by answering these and many more questions:

  • What actually makes one kid popular versus another?
  • How does the bias we hold affect our communication?
  • What are the differences between likeability and status?
  • What makes your “status” high? How can you increase your likeability?
  • What are the inherent dangers in how social media is used to assign worth?

Mitch Prinstein, PhD is a husband, a father, board certified in clinical child and adolescent psychology, and serves as the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Neuroscience, and the Director of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is the author of Popular: The Power of Likability in a Status-Obsessed World. Mitch’s Peer Relations Lab has been conducting research on popularity and peer relations for almost 20 years, and has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child and Human Development, and several private foundations, resulting in over 100 scientific works.

Emily Esfahani Smith

Harnessing the Power of Meaning


Emily engages us with a discussion on meaning and its power to help kids lead confident, fulfilling lives. Don’t miss her answer these questions and more:

  • Can you explain the power of meaning in our lives?
  • What are the main pillars of meaning, and how can we cultivate these for ourselves?
  • How does social media affect our connections with others?
  • In what ways does purpose affect academic self-regulation?
  • How is storytelling a part of our personal meaning?
  • What are some ways we can help children edit their stories?

Emily Esfahani Smith is a writer, editor, and speaker in Washington DC. In her writing, she draws on psychology, philosophy, and literature to write about the human experience—why we are the way we are and how we can find grace and meaning in a world that is full of suffering. Her book The Power of Meaning, an international bestseller, was published by Crown and has been translated into 16 different languages. The Wall Street Journal called the book “persuasive,” “elegant,” and “valuable” while the Prospect (UK) dubbed it “an intelligent page-turner.”

Eduardo Briceño

Teaching Growth Mindset in the Classroom


Tune in and learn ways to help shape the positive growth of children as Eduardo answers these questions and more:

  • In whats ways do our belief systems affect our learning?
  • How can we effect positive change in schools?
  • What is the learning zone vs performance zone and how can they be utilized?
  • How do you help a kid who is struggling to perform?
  • How can one tell the difference between a fixed mindset and boredom?
  • What does it mean to be “learning oriented” and how does this contribute to childrens’ growth?

Eduardo is the Co-Founder & CEO of Mindset Works. He has spoken at numerous conferences, delivered two popular TEDx talks, and has been featured on prominent media outlets. He holds bachelor’s degrees in finance and engineering and masters’ degrees in education and business, but most important he continues to enjoy lifelong learning every day.

Maureen Healy

The Emotionally Healthy Child


Author and speaker Maureen Healy shares sound strategies for fostering emotional health in children as she answers these questions and more:

  • In your opinion, what makes up confidence?
  • What is emotional health?
  • What are some techniques for moving through uncomfortable emotions?
  • Can you talk to us about the value of our emotions and how we can positively utilize them?
  • How can we teach our children about peer pressure, and the importance of belonging?
  • How does “finding a third voice” help children?

Maureen Healy is an award-winning author, speaker and leader in the field of children’s emotional health. Her new book, The Emotionally Healthy Child, gives adults the ideas and strategies they need to help their children. Maureen also writes a popular blog for Psychology Todaywhich has reached millions worldwide. In 2014, Maureen’s first book, Growing Happy Kids, won the Nautilus and Reader’s Favorite book awards. With 15+ years of experience, Maureen has guided thousands of parents and their children, worked with educators globally, taught in the classroom, and given keynote talks throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

Jillian Coppley Darwish, EdD

The Science of Strengths-based Learning


Award-winning educator, Dr. Jillian Coppley Darwish talks to us about the potential of strengths-based learning in schools and institutions and the powerful changes it can reap. She’ll be answering these questions and more:

  • What is strengths-based learning and the science behind it?
  • What is social emotional learning and CASTL?
  • How can we implement strengths-based learning into schools?
  • What is the difference between compliance and long-term behavioral change?
  • How can knowing your own strengths help you positively alter your relationships with others?

Dr. Jillian Coppley Darwish currently serves as President and CEO of Mayerson Academy. Under her leadership, the Academy has developed strengths-based programs and services for organizations, schools, and neighborhoods that maximize engagement, learning and performance and ultimately transform cultures. She is an award-winning educator, passionate about the potential of learning to create an increasingly positive future.

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A child who grows up feeling confident grows into a world without limits.

- The Confident Child Summit Team

Confidence is an important life skill, and we’re going to help you and your child cultivate it.

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We, as parents who love our children and care deeply for their well-being, have access to tools to help kids build confidence, believe in themselves, develop resilience, have a sense of purpose, and experience feelings of happiness and self-compassion all while learning to cope with life’s ups and downs. A child who grows up feeling confident, with the support of loved ones, grows into a world without limits. Are you ready to learn how to give these tools to your children and help them soar?

The 20 experts at the Confident Child Summit offer practical, science-based, tried and tested methods that will help you and your child gain the confidence needed to live fulfilling lives, achieve goals, and be successful.

Today’s children are exposed to harmful messages and images every day. Without the skills of confidence and resilience, it’s easy to see how they might quickly lose sight of themselves and their value.

Even if you can watch only one interview from the 20 available, or if you only have the time to learn one new tool from the dozens taught, the Confidence Child Summit could be the one change that makes a difference in your life and the lives of your children.

Confidence can be learned ... and we’re going to give you the tools to help your child believe, succeed, and thrive!

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Confidence can be learned ... and we’re going to give you the tools to help your child believe, succeed, and thrive!

- The Confident Child Summit Team


Meet your host: Renee Jain, MAPP

As founder and Chief Storyteller at GoZen!, Renee is recognized as a pioneer in marrying technology and child psychology in a unique approach that nurtures the hearts and minds of kids. Through her writing, product invention and development, masterclasses for parents, and children’s advocacy, she works to build the emotional intelligence of kids, including resilience, empathy, kindness, and critical thinking. Tens of thousands of families and professionals testify to the unparalleled success of GoZen!’s programs. Originally a tech entrepreneur who suffered with her own anxiety, Renee founded GoZen! to help a new generation of kids, parents and therapists. Renee earned her Master’s degree in Positive Psychology – the scientific study of optimal human functioning – from the University of Pennsylvania.


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