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Speaker Series

Annie Wright offers several opportunities throughout the year for the community to hear from experts in a range of fields. Topics include parenting, education, science, technology, travel and more. These events are open to the public, and most are free. Contact Annie Wright Schools at 253.272.2216 for further information.

Thank you to Annie Wright Schools Parents' Association for funding and supporting our Speaker Series!
Our 2020-21 Speaker Series will take place virtually, so you can join us from the comfort of your home. We hope to see you online at an upcoming event!

Dr. Lisa Damour, author of "Untangled" and "Under Pressure"

Tuesday, January 12, 5:00 pm PST
Virtual (link will be sent via email the morning of January 12)

Dr. Damour speaks on a wide range of topics including stress, anxiety, well-being, parenting, education, and child and adolescent development. 

This speaker is free of charge and is open to all. Kindly register here.

Lisa Damour, Ph.D. writes the monthly Adolescence column for the New York Times, co-hosts the Ask Lisa podcast, serves as a regular contributor to CBS News, maintains a private practice, consults and speaks internationally, is a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University, and serves as the Executive Director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls.

Recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association, Dr. Damour has written numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development. She is also the author of two New York Times best selling books, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood and Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls.
Dr. Damour graduated with honors from Yale University and worked for the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has been a fellow at Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and the University of Michigan’s Power Foundation. She and her husband are the proud parents of two daughters.

2020-2021 AWS Speaker Series

Dr. Lauren Ashbaugh | Mental Health Strategies
October 21, 7:30 pm

LIKE virtual screening
November 13, 7:30pm

Dr. Lisa Damour | author of Untangled and Under Pressure
January 12, 5:00 pm

FCD Prevention Works
February 9, 6:30 pm

FLASH Curriculum Parent Info Session
March 16, 6:30 pm

Dr. Christine Carter | author of The New Adolescence
April - date TBD

Growing Up Classes

Due to the pandemic, Annie Wright Schools is unable to host the annual Growing Up Classes with Great Conversations. However, the classes are being offered virtually. Please visit the Great Conversations website for more information. 


Annie Wright Schools
827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

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Founded in Tacoma, Washington, in 1884, Annie Wright Schools serve students from age three through high school. Annie Wright Lower  and Middle Schools offer coed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for girls  and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.