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Children & Family

American Program Bureau offers a list of highly regarded children and family speakers who are also authors, CEOs, teachers, scholars, and leaders who present keynotes on crucial areas such as children and family, parenting, bullying, and generations.

Trending Topic for Families & Educators: Headlines have proven that bullying among children and teens is an epidemic that isn't going away. Working to solve the problem are bullying experts (like Rosalind Wiseman, Rachel Simmons, and Scott Poland). These speakers on bullying and aggression share solutions for adolescents, parents, and teachers who are trying to cope with this unfortunate and widespread problem.

Children & Family

Best-Selling Author

Author of the incendiary New York Times best-selling memoir All Souls and the companion bestseller Easter Rising, MacDonald shares his remarkable story of survival and redemption while examining...

Aggression Expert & Educator

Speaker Rachel Simmons authored the New York Times bestseller Odd Girl Out, the first book to explore cruelty in young girls' lives.

Inspirational Educator & Author of The Freedom Writers

Erin Gruwell helped students "written off" by the system harness the power of education to graduate high school. Her dedication to her students resulted in the publication of The Freedom Writers Diary.

Inner-City Youth & Education Advocate

Profiled on 60 Minutes & featured in the documentary Waiting for Superman, Geoffrey Canada is the former President & CEO of Harlem Children’s Zone, an agency that works to better the future of...

Writer, Producer & Actor, My Big Fat Greek Wedding

Nia Vardalos is a writer, producer, and actor best known for her work in My Big Fat Greek Wedding. She is also an adoption advocate and the author of Instant Mom.

Brain Scientist

Dr. John J. Medina is a developmental molecular biologist focused on the genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders. Medina was the founding director of the Talaris Research...

Sociologist & Happiness Expert

The author of Raising Happiness, Dr. Christine Carter shares science-based parenting advice and skills for building emotional intelligence.

Fortune 50 Executive, Author of A Chance in the World & Voice of Change for Youth

Author of A Chance in the World, Stephen Pemberton is the Divisional VP and Chief Diversity Officer of Walgreens and is an expert at diversifying workforces. He is a leading keynote speaker on matters of...

One of America's Most Celebrated Schoolteachers

A once-in-a-lifetime educator, Rafe Esquith may be the most inspiring school teacher in America. He's been called "a modern day Thoreau" by Newsday, "a genius and a saint" by The New York Times, and "...

Fatherhood Expert

The author of The Modern Dad's Dilemma, speaker John Badalament in an expert on building an engaged "dad community."

Child Development & Body Image Expert

A child development specialist, speaker Robyn Silverman is known for her no-nonsense yet positive approach to helping young people and their families thrive.

Parenting & Bullying Expert

Rosalind Wiseman has had only one job since graduating from college—to help communities shift the way we think about children and teens’ emotional and physical wellbeing. As a teacher, thought leader, author and...

Filmmaker of Bully & Poet

The writer and producer of Bully, a documentary film charting "a year in the life" of America's bullying crisis, Cynthia Lowen explores the roots and ramifications of bullying on...

"Maria" on Sesame Street & Author

Those who grew up learning their ABC's with Big Bird, Bert and Ernie, Kermit and the Cookie Monster will immediately recognize Manzano as the bilingual "Maria" on Sesame Street. Manzano attributes her appeal...

Inspirational Educator & Author

The author of the memoir Nobody Don't Love Nobody, the story of her first teaching job at a school for homeless children, Stacey Bess shares a powerful message of mentorship...

Former Asst. Secretary, Secondary & Elementary Education

Susan B. Neuman is a professor of early childhood and literacy and chair of the Teaching and Learning Department at the New York University’s Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human Development. Previously...

Prominent Psychologist & Author

Dr. Ellen Braaten, PhD, is a renowned psychologist who works tirelessly in the field of pediatric neuropsychological and psychological assessment, particularly in the areas of assessing learning disabilities and...

Senior Fellow, Harvard University’s Center for Ethics & Pulitzer-Prize Winning Journalist

Ron Suskind is a unique talent: A Pulitzer-prize winning journalist, best-selling author, teacher, essayist and one of the best speakers in the country. He is among our most honored journalists, having written...

Pioneering Advertising Researcher, Filmmaker

Internationally recognized for her groundbreaking work on the image of women in advertising and for her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco advertising, Jean Kilbourne is renowned for her ability to present...

Musician & Activist

Part of the legendary musical trio Peter, Paul and Mary, Yarrow is also a devoted activist whose educational nonprofit, Operation Respect, helps assure children a welcoming environment conducive to learning.

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