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. Here are our upcoming speakers. Contact Annie Wright Schools at 253.272.2216 for further information.

Our Next Speaker | Drug & Alcohol Prevention, April 17

Drug & Alcohol Prevention
Monday, April 17
6:30 - 8:00 pm
Library & Learning Commons, Annie Wright Schools

This event is free and open to the public. Space is limited. Reserve your space here

As part of our health education program and ongoing commitment to prevention and wellness, we have invited prevention specialists from FCD Prevention Works to present a parent workshop to our community. A part of the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, FCD is a non-profit organization that provides substance abuse prevention education for schools. Since 1976, they have taught over a million students of all ages.  Some of the topics to be addressed include:
  • Effective ways to communicate with your child about drugs and drug use
  • Up-to-date facts about current drug use and trends
  • What to say about your own experiences with alcohol and/or drug experimentation
  • How to spot early warning signs of trouble and effective ways to respond.

Recent Speakers

Lisa Miller, PhD: The Spiritual Child, October 20, 2015

Stefanie Thomas
: Internet Safety, November 16, 2015

Lisa Geraud, LMFT, RD: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Food, February 23, 2016

Marilyn Ponti, Director of Financial Aid Services at Whitman College, April 28, 2016
Rosalind Wiseman, thought leader, social researcher and author on social justice and bullying prevention, April 21, 2015

Rob Evans
, clinical and organizational psychologist and director of the Human Relations Service, October 15, 2014

Katie Greer
, national expert on Internet safety, April 23, 2014

Jody McVittie, MD
, director and cofounder of Sound Discipline and parenting expert, November 6, 2013

Laura Kastner, developmental psychologist specializing on teens & tweens, May, 21, 2013

Mary Verbovski, Pediatric Dietitian from Seattle Children’s Hospital, and Rebecca Michi, Sleep Consultant, November 7, 2012

John Medina
, brain researcher and author of Brain Rules, August 22, 2012

Lauren Parsekian and Molly Stroud, producers of the documentary Finding Kind, January 30, 2012

Learn about Travel Talks, a monthly speaker series from the World Affairs Council Tacoma, hosted by Annie Wright Schools.


Grant Bronsdon: 
Yale University Info Session
Monday, September 19, 2016

Michael Gurian:
How Boys & Girls Learn Differently
Thursday, October 20, 2016

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age
Monday, January 23, 2017

Great Conversations
: Growing Up Classes
Wednesday, January 25 & Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Drug & Alcohol Prevention: FCD Prevention Works
Monday, April 17, 2017
Renowned brain researcher John Medina at Annie Wright


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 co-ed programs in Preschool through Grade 8, while separate Upper Schools for boys, starting in Fall 2017, and girls offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School. Learn more at www.aw.org.