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Parenting 2017 & Beyond Conference

2017 Breakout Session Handouts

Breakout Sessions

Sessions will be held both in the morning & repeated in the afternoon unless otherwise stated:


College Funding Strategies & Options

presented by Cora Manuel, Asst. Financial Director, St. Mary's College, Jeff Miller & Glenn Bittner, Regional Directors, College Funding Coach


Cyberbullying, Sexting & Consequences (morning only)

presented by Katie Williams, San Ramon Police Services


Drug Abuse & Trends Among Teens (afternoon only)

presented by Katie Williams, San Ramon Police Services


Engaging Students Through CLR (afternoon only)

presented by Kelly Giotta, 6th grade Core Teacher, SRVUSD


Family Dynamics & Self-Esteem (morning only)

presented by George Papageorge, MFT


Family Endurance

presented by Sean Donohue, Teen Esteem


I'm Ready for College, but Where's My Backpack? Cancelled Due To Illness

presented by Carolyn Carpeneti, CoPilot Systems


Is an Immature Brain Responsible for Immature Behaviors?

presented by Sangita Biswas, LMFT


Manifesting Mindfulness as Kindfulness

presented by Audrey Lin, ServiceSpace


Multicultural Parenting (afternoon only)

presented by Nes Pinar, MFT


Nutrition for Healthy Sleep & Stress Reduction (afternoon only)

presented by Malu Trepan, RDN


Preparing Your Child for the Online World (afternoon only)

presented by Anya Manes, M.Ed.


Raising a Special Needs Family in a Neuro-typical World

presented by Randall Booker, Superintendent, Piedmont USD


Supporting Students Through College & Career Exploration

presented by Kristin Cranmer, DVHS College & Career Coordinator


Tools to Guide My Gifted Child Through School & Beyond

presented by Gretchen Stanerson, B.A., M.A., California Association for the Gifted

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Dougherty Valley High School

8:00 am - 3:00 pm

Keynote Address

Dr. Michele Borba is an internationally recognized expert and author on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development. She will be speaking on Empathy: The Best Antidote to Bullying and Lessons for Success in the Digital Age, and introducing her latest book, UnSelfie, which gives 9 proven and teachable habits to nurture children’s empathy and why developing empathy is key predictor to help kids succeed in our global, digital-driven world.


Dr. Borba is recognized globally for her work in bullying prevention and character education. Her work aims to help strengthen children’s character and resilience, build strong families, create compassionate and just school cultures, and reduce peer cruelty. Her practical, research-based advice is culled from a career of working with over one million parents and educators worldwide. Her strategies to mobilize student bystanders to reduce peer cruelty were featured on Dateline and NBC’s Nightly News. Her proposal: “Ending School Violence and Bullying” (SB1667) was signed into California law in 2002. Additionally, her thirty-year career has been devoted to developing a framework to strengthen children’s character and build moral school climates. She served as a consultant for the Center Resource Group for Character Education and Civic Engagement for the U.S. Department of Education and is on the board for Character Education Partnerships.


Media outlets regularly depend on Dr. Borba as the “go-to” expert on parenting, bullying prevention, education and child/teen issues. She is an NBC contributor appearing over 100 times on the TODAY show and is the regular parenting expert on Dr. Drew’s Lifechangers where she comments on late-breaking news and offers realistic solutions. Her work has been featured on Dr. Phil, Dateline, The View, The Doctors, Fox News, The Early Show and CNN and well as in Newsweek, People, Good Housekeeping, Chicago Tribune, U.S. News & World Report, Washington Post, The New York Times and The Globe and Mail. She was an MSNBC contributor to two televised “Education Nation” specials.


A recipient of the Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of San Francisco, she also has an M.A. in Learning Disabilities and B.A. from the University of Santa Clara, and a Life Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. She is a former classroom teacher who has worked in regular education as well as with children with learning, physical, behavioral and emotional disabilities, and in a private practice for troubled youth.


$45 Registration Includes

  • Continental Breakfast Buffet 
  • Vendor Row
  • Keynote Address
  • Book Signing
  • Morning Breakout Session
  • Lunch
  • Afternoon Breakout Session

Conference Schedule

8:00am - 8:45am

Check in, Continental Breakfast Buffet, Vendor Row 

8:45am - 9:00am


9:00am - 11:00am

Keynote Address & Book Signing

10:30am - 11:00am

Break, Vendor Row

11:00am - 12:30pm

Morning Breakout Session

12:30pm - 1:30pm

Lunch, Vendor Row

1:30pm - 3:00pm

Afternoon Breakout Session


Quotes from Attendees on Past Conferences

"The overall conference was a fantastic experience. I learned a lot and look forward to attending next year!"

"The keynote speaker was fabulous. She was well spoken, dynamic, honest and exciting."

"I really loved all the presenters and thought that this was so helpful to me being a better parent."

"I wish I had attended this years ago!"

"Can't get enough!"

"I was encouraged and challenged to rethink my approach on some things."

"Speaker knew her subject well and gave lots of examples, very inspiring!"

"Very good session, great examples and interactions with audience."

"Great presentation. Very relevant for this community."

"Amazing content and speaker."

"I definitely feel like I learned information that will help me and my student build a road map."

"Bought a book and know I'll devour it! Really great presentation."

"Amazing! Incredible energy and a compelling speaker."

“The keynote speaker was engaging, entertaining, thought provoking. I loved it!”

“I learned a lot. It was worth my time and money.”

“Lots to think about. Extremely helpful information.”

“This is my fourth conference and I always enjoy them.”

“It was difficult to pick only two seminars to attend.”

“What a wonderful program.  Thank you very much for everyone’s hard work, commitment, and dedication.”

“Awesome! Another great year”

“I learned a lot at this conference; thank you for organizing.”

“Overwhelming “AHA” moments!  I got a lot out of the workshops.”

"So glad I came. I will attend again”

“Fabulous information! I left with a sense of hope for my kids.”

“Seminars were very insightful.”

“Please have this conference every year or even twice a year.”