Substance Abuse Advocate
Koren is an internationally bestselling author, best known for her memoir Smashed, which helped change national policy on underage drinking and was hailed by Entertainment Weekly as “one of the best accounts of the college experience or even what it means to be a teenage girl in America.” Read More >
Insight Into Fury
Smashed: Addiction Fuels Memoir
Addressing the problem of underage drinking, Koren Zailckas brings to light scientific evidence on how alcohol affects the still-developing teenage brain. She informs audiences of how the younger the age one starts drinking alcohol, the more likely that person is to become addicted. Read More >
Most compelling, however, is her personal story, the description of her downward spiral, and the experiences that she wishes she had never had. Zailckas shares powerful passages from her book, Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood, followed by a frank question and answer session. This unforgettable presentation is sure to leave a lasting impression – especially on young audiences. Read Less ^
"The conference was a success and Koren did a FABULOUS job speaking to the 200+ attendees!! What a wonderful young woman…she is so authentic, warm, open, caring and so willing to put herself out there for others!!! I so enjoyed the opportunity to get to know her."
"Koren was amazing! She was well-received at Ursuline Academy and at the Nexus Luncheon. She is very well-spoken and cordial. At our event the evening before, the VIP event and after the luncheon she thoughtfully conversed with the attendees. I am so delighted she spoke on behalf of Nexus! She was great!!!"
"I want to extend my gratitude to APB and Koren for each of your roles in creating such a successful event at Skidmore. We are more than pleased with the communication, administrative assistance, and the content and quality of the program that Koren presented. I have heard wonderful feedback from staff and students alike and am very happy to report that discussions about the issues raised during Koren’s lecture have continued. Several seniors mentioned how much they wished they had seen her presentation earlier in their college careers. Younger students seem to be questioning some of their own alcohol choices and recognizing what is actually available to them simply because they are students at this college. Of course, as an administrator, these are exactly the discussions I want to hear! Again, thank you all for your wonderful work! It has been a pleasure!"
"Everything went great! Koren's message was well received by each audience. The appreciated her candor and admitted that it gave them a chance to have a hard conversation with their daughters. The girls have been buzzing about her all day as well. We sold out of books from our campus bookstore and have ordered more to meet the demand. It was a great success. Thanks so much!"
"The event went well. It was well attended and the students asked good questions. Koren is very sweet and an easy person to work with. I enjoyed meeting her."
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