boardtrimmed copy.jpg

"It's hard to overstate the importance of this book."

-Susan Cain, author of Quiet

Upcoming Events


November 2: Texas Conference for Women (SOLD OUT)

November 13: Covenant Foundation (private)

November 14-15: Glenbard School District, IL*

November 15: West Aurora School District, IL*

November 16-17: Community Speaker Series, Hinsdale, IL*

December 7: Massachusetts Conference for Women, Boston, MA (SOLD OUT)


January 8: Harborlight Montessori, Beverly, MA

January 30-31: Porter Gaud, Charleston, SC

February 6: University School of Milwaukee

February 22: Aldea Children and Family Services, Napa, CA

February 23: Watermark Conference for Women, San Jose, CA

March 20: Mercer Island Parent Edge, Mercer Island, WA*

April 18-19: Canyon Ranch, Tuscon, AZ (private)

April 24: Harding Township Schools, New Vernon, NJ

April 28: National Association of Junior Auxiliary Annual Education Conference, Mobile, AL

May 2-4: Mom2.0, Pasadena, CA (registration required)

July 11: College of Southern Idaho, Twin Falls, ID



* indicates a community read/on-site sale & signing of The Gift of Failure




All appearances listed are public unless otherwise noted, but some organizations require attendees to register beforehand. Check links before attending!


If you would like to inquire about bringing Jess to your town, contact Michele Fee Smith of American Program Bureau at 617-614-1606 or