DATE CORRECTION: Beaumont School to host speaker series for parents starting Feb. 3
Beaumont School will kick off its Saint Angela Merici Speaker Series for Girls and Families on Wednesday, Feb. 3. This two-part speaker series, which continues on April 19, will highlight two essential questions relevant to young women today, and offer expert responses to those questions from the keynote speakers.
On Feb. 3, Katherine Jackson—a professor and psychotherapist who focuses on innate personality traits nurtured in early childhood and how they impact adulthood—will focus on the essential question “What is my life’s purpose?”
Jackson’s half-hour talk will begin at 7 p.m., followed by small group discussion 7:45–8:30 p.m., in which parents will share tools and wisdom, and build community. Young women in grades 9–12 will meet separately with the keynote speaker.
“This program was really parent-driven,” said Coreen Schaefer, Beaumont’s dean of students. “We know that our parents want to learn how to support and walk with their daughters through their transition to adulthood. The Saint Angela Merici Speaker Series is a forum for wisdom-sharing.”
The series is named after St. Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursuline order, which sponsors Beaumont.
The second speaker will be Lisa Damour, who, on Tuesday, April 19, will explore the essential question “What builds resilience and grit?” Damour is a psychologist and author of the upcoming book Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood. She is a parenting columnist for The New York Times and is director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls.
The Saint Angela Merici Speaker Series is open to all parents, and to high school-age girls. The events are free and open to the public, and are not limited to those who have a connection to Beaumont School. Both talks begin at 7 p.m. and will take place at Beaumont School. Attendees are encouraged to visit www.beaumontschool.org/speakerseries to register and learn more.
[Editor's note: The article published in the February print edition of the Heights Observer was submitted with an incorrect date for the event. This online version of the article contains the correct date for the first talk in the series, Feb. 3.]
Anna Beyerle is the public relations and marketing manager at Beaumont School in Cleveland Heights.