Conscious Parenting: A Fun-Filled Weekend Event for Parents & Children

HBS Community Partners and co-sponsor HBSWANY invite you to join Meredith Oppenheim (HBS ’01) and Dr. Shefali Tsabary, PhD, to learn about Conscious Parenting, a philosophy and book of the same title, that revolutionizes the parenting journey and allows us to transform our relationship with our children.

“The greatest present you can give your child is your presence.” Hear how Meredith put those words into practice. She and her daughter Brielle spent hours walking the streets of NYC playing  word games when Brielle was learning to read. The games eventually became part of a self-published book, Really Ready to Read, thanks to a successful Kickstarter campaign that has raised in excess of $10,000.

At this event, Meredith and Brielle will share their story of learning to read and creating a book that will fuel your child’s desire and love of reading.

Dr. Shefali, a world-renowned clinical psychologist, parenting expert, and keynote speaker, who has been featured on Oprah, the Today Show, and in Parenting Magazine, The Daily News, and more, will share insights from her book, The Conscious Parent, and advice on how to connect and grow with your children.

In addition to the discussion, in a separate room, there will be fun supervised activities for children centered on learning to read through craft, song and dance.   

Note: We encourage you to bring new or gently used books to be distributed to designated charities* dedicated to children’s literacy; to help, in Brielle’s words: “kids who don’t know how to read.” Really Ready to Read and The Conscious Parent books will be for sale at the event.

*Association for Library Service to Children, Literacy INC and Reach out and Read.

Speaker Biographies:

Meredith Oppenheim is a US Congressional Award winner for her commitment to the elderly and has parlayed her 30-year passion for serving seniors into her profession.

Since graduating HBS, she has worked in the senior housing industry for leading operators and owners throughout the real estate lifecycle from development through disposition. Further, she has been a consultant to hedge funds, private equity firms and foreign governments. Most recently at Ventas, a publicly-traded REIT, she oversaw the Northeast operating business of more than 50 senior communities valued at over $1 billion.

She was nominated to serve the industry’s Future Leaders Council and led the organization in its inaugural year. In 2009 she was appointed to Mayor Bloomberg’s Age-Friendly NYC Commission and served a 5-year term as a board member of the not-for-profit arm of the NYC Department for the Aging.

She resides in NYC with her husband and daughter and is deeply engaged in a range of projects to improve the well-being and outlook of the next generation.

Dr. Shefali Tsabary is a world-renowned clinical psychologist who received her doctorate from Columbia University. She specializes in the integration of Eastern philosophy and Western psychology, making her an expert in her field. Her message has the potential to change people’s lives for generations to come.

Dr. Shefali is a keynote speaker who presents at conferences and workshops around the world. She has had key collaborations with Goldie Hawn’s MindUp Foundation, Kids in the House and many educational and transformational centers around the world.

Her first book has been endorsed by Oprah Winfrey as one of the most profound books on parenting she has ever read. Forwarded by HH The Dalai Lama, endorsed by Eckhart Tolle, Marianne Williamson and many more, this book revolutionizes the parenting journey and allows us to transform our relationship with our children.

Her second book, Out of Control, offers a unique and brilliant perspective on why traditional means of discipline don’t work with our children and what we should do instead. 

Sunday, March 6, 2016

Time: 2:00 – 4:00pm
2:00 to 2:30 – Registration & mingling
2:30 to 3:30 – Children activities (main gallery) and adult Conscious Parenting program (dining room)
3:30 to 4:00 – Really Ready to Read Sing and Dance Party (children and adults)

Venue: Society of Illustrators, 128 East 63rd Street (Park and Lexington Avenues), NY

$20/Member Guest (limit two)
$25/Non-Member alumni
$5/children (ages 4-8 only please)
No refunds will be given.

Organizers: Barry Puritz '65, Chloe Kiernan '08

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Date & Location

Date: 3/6/2016
Time: 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM
Location: Society of Illustrators
128 E. 63rd Street (between Park & Lexington Avenues)