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. Contact Annie Wright Schools at 253.272.2216 for further information.

Ana Homayoun | Overcoming the Culture of Perfectionism in School and Life: Strategies for Social, Emotional & Physical Wellness

Wednesday, October 4 | 6:30-8:00 pm
Annie Wright Schools | Great Hall

This event is free and open to the public. Please reserve your space here
In our always-on ever-changing world, it can be hard for tweens and teens - and adults! - to successfully overcome the culture of perfection and develop their own blueprint for success. With empathy, compassion, and humor, noted Silicon Valley author Ana Homayoun discusses some of the modern parenting dilemmas around helping students develop their own path for personal and academic success in a world where nothing ever seems to be enough. She also explores how the digital balancing act affects all aspects of our lives and personal wellness, and for students impacts academic abilities and social well-being as well as emotional and physical health. Ana's work, which is grounded in research and based on over 15 years of working with students, offers practical solutions for students, parents, and educators as they navigate the ever-changing issues in healthy child and teen development.

Here are some of Ana's most recent features:

Ana Homayoun is a noted teen and millennial expert, author, speaker and educator. She is the author of three books: That Crumpled Paper Was Due Last Week, The Myth of the Perfect Girl, and her latest, Social Media Wellness: Helping Tweens and Teens Thrive in an Unbalanced Digital World. Ana speaks at schools and organizations all over the world about organization, time-management, personal purpose, and overall wellness, and her work has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Daily Beast, CNN, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Chicago Tribune, and ABC News, among others. She is a frequent guest on NPR.

Ana is the founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, a Silicon Valley-based educational consulting firm, and has spent the past 17 years working with students, parents, and educators around the world. For more information, please visit: www.anahomayoun.com and www.greenivyed.com.


Ana Homayoun: Overcoming the Culture of Perfectionism in School & Life
Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Great Conversations: Growing Up Classes
Wednesday, January 24 & Wednesday, January  31, 2018

Substance Abuse Education & Prevention: FCD Prevention Works
Monday, February 5, 2018

Angst: Breaking the Stigma around Anxiety film screening
April 2018

Renowned brain researcher John Medina at Annie Wright
Michael Gurian discusses the science behind how boys and girls learn.

Recent Speakers

Grant Bronsdon: Yale University Info Session, September 2016

Michael Gurian
How Boys & Girls Learn Differently, October 2016

Screenagers: Growing Up in the Digital Age, January 2017
Lisa Miller, PhD: The Spiritual Child, October 2015

Stefanie Thomas
: Internet Safety, November 2015

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

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

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

Katie Greer
, national expert on Internet safety, April 2014

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

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

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

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

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

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


Annie Wright Schools
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827 North Tacoma Avenue
Tacoma, WA 98403

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Tacoma, WA 98402

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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 girls and boys offer day and boarding options in Grades 9 through 12. Annie Wright is proud to be an International Baccalaureate World School.