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

-Susan Cain, author of Quiet

Upcoming Events


March 11: Lycée Français, New York, NY

March 26: Milton Public Schools, Milton, MA

March 28: Academy of the Holy Angels, Demarest, NJ

April 2: Apple Orchard School, Brookline, MA (private)

April 4-5: Mercer County Schools, Princeton, WV

April 10: Completely Kids, Omaha, NE

April 24-26: Mom2.0, Austin, TX (conference registration required)

May 21-23: Canyon Ranch, Tucson, AZ (private)

September 19-20: Wheaton-Warrenville School District, Wheaton, IL

October 2: Charlotte Latin School, Charlotte, NC

October 13-20: Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA (private)

November 6: Association for Middle Level Education National Conference, Nashville, TN (conference registration required)

November 14: Harding Academy, Nashville, TN


 February 5: The Town School, New York, NY



Most events are topics around Gift of Failure, but increasingly, some events are on the topic of preventing childhood addiction. These events are noted in parentheses.

All appearances listed are public unless otherwise indicated, and 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