PEP Talks


PEP Talks is a brand new speaker series that features world-class educators, authors and thinkers on issues of concern to teachers and parents from gender roles to the teenaged brain to the role of play and freedom in child development.

Presented by the Vancouver International Children’s Festival, PEP Talks features Lenore Skenazy (AKA America’s worst mom), Sheryl Feinstein, Deborah MacNamara and Lisa Bloom.

 It all takes place at the Vancouver Playhouse from March to June. Buy tickets to the entire series for $130 or $35 per speaker, with net proceeds to benefit the Vancouver International Children’s Festival.  

“We are launching PEP Talks to bring high profile speakers and educators to Vancouver for informative and thought-provoking evening events that will inspire and inform parents and educators alike. Think of it as TED Talks for Parents,” says Tom Stulberg, VICF Board Chair. “While school Parent Advisory Committees bring in expert speakers to talk about current issues relating to parenting challenges, there are many excellent speakers available whose speaking fees are outside of the range of school committees our goal is to fill the need the PACs can not.”


Lenore Skenazy – March 7
Free-Range Kids:  Dubbed “America’s Worst Mom,” after letting her 9-year-old son take the subway, alone, she founded the book and blog, Free-Range Kids, which launched the anti-helicopter parenting movement.

Sheryl Feinstein – April 10
Parenting the Teenage Brain: This professor and former teacher knows all about the teenaged mind! Her books include Secrets of the Teenage BrainThe Praeger Handbook of Learning and the Brain, Parenting the Teenage Brain:Understanding a Work in Progress, and Teaching the At-Risk Teenage Brain.   

Deborah MacNamara – May 15
The Lost Art of Play: Helping Children Grow Up: Play helps builds brains and forward development and it’s becoming an endangered activity! Find out more from this dynamic speaker, clinical counselor and educator. 

Lisa Bloom – June 12
How to Raise Smart Kids in the New Millennium: Don’t miss this provocateur and the bestselling author of Think: Straight Talk for Women to Stay Smart in a Dumbed-Down Worldand most recently Swagger: 10 Urgent Rules for Raising Boys in an Era of Failing Schools, Mass Joblessness, and Thug Culture.

For further information or to purchase tickets check out the PEP Talks website:


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