Julie Lythcott-Haims is the 2023 Northrop and Blake Classes of 1955 speaker. During her visit, the bestselling author will meet with students and educators, and the wider community will have two opportunities to hear her speak.

How to Raise Successful Kids Without Overparenting
Tuesday, April 11, 7-8:30pm

Entry Hall, Blake campus 
Free and open to the public 

Lythcott-Haims draws on her research, conversations with educators and admission officers, insights as a mother and experiences as the former dean of freshman at Stanford University to discuss how overparenting harms kids by preventing them from developing self-efficacy. She offers strategies to help young people develop the resourcefulness and determination to become thriving adults. Lythcott-Haims is the bestselling author of “How to Raise an Adult.” Her 2016 TED Talk “How to Raise Successful Kids—Without Overparenting” has been viewed nearly 5 million times.

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Breakfast at Blake: What it Means to Be Black in White Spaces 
Thursday, April 13, 8:30-10am

Bovey, Blake campus
Open to Blake community members; complimentary breakfast included 

Lythcott-Haims shares her experience as a Black and biracial woman living and working in white spaces. Despite graduating from Stanford University and Harvard Law School, working as a corporate lawyer and serving as Stanford’s first dean of freshmen, she could not escape the grip racism had on her sense of self. Lythcott-Haims will share how she found self-acceptance through the healing power of community. She is the author of the award-winning book “Real American: A Memoir.”

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The Classes of 1955 Speaker Fund gives Blake students, educators, families, alumni and the surrounding local community the opportunity to be exposed to new voices, new ideas and new role models. The program was one of the first to come out of the 1974 merger of Blake’s predecessor institutions, Northrop Collegiate School (for girls) and the Blake School (for boys). Past speakers include Kao Kalia Yang, Eboo Patel, Kenneth Ginsburg, Naomi Shihab Nye and Mark Salzman.