Keynote Speakers


Keynote Topic: Leadership
Keynote Title: Upstanding Citizens: changing the world through activism, volunteerism, and travels
Upstanding Citizens pays homage to all the agents of change in our world.  They are the millions of activists, volunteers, travelers and world citizens who care enough to step up, speak out, and act to create change in our world.  Weaving in stories of her childhood surviving the Khmer Rouge genocide, and her over twenty years of experience as a human rights activist—including at the 1997 Nobel Peace Prize International Campaign to Ban Landmines—Loung shows how we all can become upstanding citizens in our community.  “Activism is like a muscle,” Loung writes, “the more you use it, the stronger it'll become.” And today’s change-makers are doing just that.  As teachers, students, mothers, brothers, and activists, these upstanding citizen are the everyday heroes doing extraordinary things on a daily basis to change our world one life, one limb, one person at a time.

Biography: Loung Ung was five years old when the Khmer Rouge invaded Phnom Penh. Over the next three years, Loung lost half of her family, including both parents, and spent time in a camp for child soldiers. After the war was over, she and her older brother relocated to Vermont. In 1995, Loung returned to Cambodia for the first time to be reunited with the family she left behind. Since then she has devoted herself to justice and reconciliation. Loung was inspired to tell her story and help Cambodia heal. Her award-winning book First They Killed My Father: A Daughter of Cambodia Remembers is a national bestseller and has been published in fourteen countries. Her work is frequently taught in high schools and universities worldwide. In 2013 Loung became one of the writers of 'Girl Rising', a groundbreaking film that tells the stories of nine girls from developing countries.

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Keynote Topic: Lost in Connection: How The Tech Effect Puts Children’s Development at Risk
Description: As the focus of family has turned to the glow of the screen; children constantly texting their friends, parents working online around the clock; everyday family life is undergoing a massive transformation. At the same time, schools are increasingly using technology as a primary tool for learning and older students are spending more time on screens than on any other activity (including sleep) and tech has changed the boundaries between students, parents and teachers.  Childhood, family life and education have rapidly changed in thrilling ways and in challenging ways.  This talk will challenge us to push the pause button and look at some of the psychological fallout of our fast paced adaptation to tech, and refresh our thinking about how to educate children in the digital age.

Biography: Dr. Catherine Steiner-Adair is an internationally recognized clinical psychologist, school consultant, and speaker. She is the author of The Big Disconnect: Protecting Childhood and Family Relationships in the Digital Age, (Top Ten Best Non Fiction 2013 by The Wall St. Journal) and Full of Ourselves: A Wellness Program to Advance Girl Power, Health and leaderships, along with other books and articles. Dr. Steiner-Adair has consulted to over 350 independent schools and leads workshops with faculty, administrators, parents and students on a wide range of topics related to: 1) the impact of technology on children's psychological development, family life and education, 2) strengthening children's social and emotional development, well being and leadership skills 3) girls' psychological development, education and best practices for educating girls to lead 4) deepening parents' connections to their children.

Dr. Steiner-Adair is a frequent resource to the media, on television, film, radio, newspapers, magazines and online.

Dr. Steiner-Adair has a private practice in Chestnut Hill MA, where she works with teenagers, adults, couples and families. She is a Clinical instructor in the Dept. of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School and an Associate Psychologist at McLean Hospital.

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Director of Curriculum & Professional Development, International School of Kuala Lumpur
Title: What Did My Story Tell Me About Leadership in Education?

Head of School, Phuket International Academy
Title: My Journey into Social and Emotional Learning and Mindfulness — How I Stumbled into Something that Changed Every Facet of our School Community


Head of School, North Jakarta Intercultural School
Title: Corporate-owned International Schools as Oil Tankers: It takes a long time to turn them around and/or keep them off the shoals.


Head of School, International School of Beijing
Title: EARCOS Leadership Story

Head of School, International School Suva
Title: A Road Travelled Together

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