The Thought Leadership Speaker Series was launched to inspire our community to engage and learn more about topics relevant to children and families’ social, emotional and behavioral health and well-being.

Washburn Center will host four individual presentations between October 2017 to September 2018.The series aims to spark conversation and deliver impactful insights on topics instrumental to the healthy development of a child and the support of their caregiver.

Save the 2018 dates for the Thought Leadership Speaker Series: Let’s Talk


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Dr. Megan R. Gunnar, Ph.D.
Regents Professors and Distinguished McKnight University Professor; Director (Chair), Institute of Child Development University of Minnesota

“Adverse Experiences and Brain Development: Vulnerability and Resilience”

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Dr. William D. Allen, Ph.D., LMFT
Owner, Healing Bonds; President, National Council on Family Relations (NCFR); Adjunct Professor, University of Minnesota and University of St. Thomas

“Family: how and where relationships are learned…”

Thursday, September 13, 2018

Dr. Anne R. Gearity, Ph.D., LICSW
Mental health clinician; author of Washburn Center’s Developmental Repair; community consultant; clinical faculty, University of Minnesota, department of psychiatry

“Development: easier for some, harder for others and always needing company”  

We invite you to join us as we explore ways to keep our children and communities strong.