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

-Susan Cain, author of Quiet

Upcoming Events


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

February 23: Watermark Conference for Women, San Jose, CA (sold out)

March 8SXSWEDU closing keynote, Austin, TX (registration required)

March 19: Microsoft (private)

March 19: St. Joseph School, Seattle, WA

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

March 28: BeBold, Bedford, NH (topic: preventing childhood addiction)

April 4: Sheridan School, Washington, D.C.

April 5: Congressional School, Falls Church, VA

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 1: Huntington Middle School, San Marino, CA 

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

May 9: Frameworks of Tampa Bay, Tampa, FL (private)

July 1-3: Canyon Ranch, Lenox, MA (private)

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

September 27: Crofton House School, Vancouver, Canada

October 23: The River Center, Peterborough, NH




April 2: Apple Orchard School, Brookline, MA




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 parenthesis.

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