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

-Susan Cain, author of Quiet

Upcoming Events



October 22: University Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Woods, MI

October 23: The River Center, Peterborough, NH

October 24: Pine Crest School, Ft. Lauderdale, FL (private)

October 26: Saint Gregory’s School, Albany, NY

November 3: Greater Washington Montessori Conference, Silver Spring, MD

November 7: Nathaniel Woodhull Elementary School, Mastic, NY

November 13: The Avielle Foundation, Newtown, CT

November 26: Glen Urquhart School, Beverly, MA




January 28: Marymount School of Santa Barbara, CA

March 11: Lycée Français, New York, NY

March 27: Milton Public Schools, Milton, MA

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

April 2: Apple Orchard School, Brookline, MA

April 10: Completely Kids, Omaha, NE

April 24-26: Mom2.0, Austin, TX

May 21-23: Canyon Ranch, Tucson, AZ

November 6: Association for Middle Level Education National Conference, Nashville, TN

November 14: Harding Academy, Nashville, TN




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