Upcoming LCI Speakers

Mark your calendar for in-house parenting expert Deborah Farmer Kris on March 28 and Notre Dame's Abigail Favale on April 26. 
As a school that partners with parents as their daughter's first and most important educators, Montrose continually seeks to provide expert resources to support parents. This spring's LifeCompass Institute speakers support that goal. Both talks are free and open to the public and are suitable for middle schoolers, upper schoolers and adults. (Please note that due to the speakers’ schedules, some of these dates have changed from earlier announcements.)

On Tuesday, March 28 at 7:00 PM, Montrose welcomes parenting expert Deborah Farmer Kris speaking on Making Friends With Your Inner Voice: How Self-talk Can Help Teens (and Parents) Flourish

When we face a challenge, our inner voices can support and inspire us. But too often an inner voice can be our harshest critic, flooding us with negative self-talk. Deborah Farmer Kris will share research-based strategies to harness your inner voice, practice reframing and tame your mental chatter. RSVP for Deborah's talk here. 

As the LifeCompass Parent Educator, Deborah Farmer Kris consults with Montrose School on its parent education program. Drawing on her decades of experience as a school administrator, speaker and child development expert, she provides practical wisdom and support for parents at school and parent events and workshops. Founder of Parenthood365, Deborah is a columnist and consultant for PBS Kids for Parents and writes about education for MindShift, an NPR learning blog. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post. Deborah holds a BA in English and a BS in Education from BU and an MA in Counseling Psychology from Rutgers University.
On Wednesday, April 26 at 7:00 PM, Montrose welcomes Abigail Favale of the University of Notre Dame's McGrath Institute for Church Life, speaking on The Genius of Women: Why Girls Matter.

Dr. Favale brings a narrative of hope at a time when much of the news about teenage girls is negative. She will share her inspiring journey of how she discovered her own dignity as a woman, a Catholic and a feminist. Her vision of women’s true genius will provide fresh insights into what girls need to navigate and thrive in today’s landscape. RSVP for Dr. Favale's talk here. 

Dr. Favale is a writer and professor in the McGrath Institute for Church Life at the University of Notre Dame. With an academic background in gender studies and feminist literary criticism, she writes and speaks on topics related to women and gender from a Catholic perspective. Winner of the J.F. Powers Prize for short fiction in 2017, her books include Into the Deep: An Unlikely Catholic Conversion and The Genesis of Gender: A Christian Theory. Her essays and short stories have appeared in publications such as First Things, The Atlantic, Church Life and Potomac Review. She holds a PhD from the University of St Andrews in Scotland.