Submitted by LEAD, aka Leading Efforts Against Drugs
LAKE FOREST, IL – LEAD, a Lake Forest based 501(c)(3) non-profit organization based in Lake Forest, will bring to town New York Times Bestselling Author Ashley Merryman on Wednesday, October 8, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Gorton Community Center in Lake Forest.
As the co-author of two New York Times bestsellers, NurtureShock: New Thinking About Children and Top Dog: The Science of Winning and Losing, Ashley Merryman is well poised to deliver a program that will immediately impact parents of all ages.
Using science to develop a fuller picture of our lives – as individuals and as a society – Ashley and her co-author Po Bronson have written cover stories for Newsweek and New York, as well as having written for Time, the New York Times Magazine, the Washington Post, the Guardian, Huffington Post, the Daily Beast, and many others. Ashley has appeared on countless radio and television shows around the world including: The Charlie Rose Show; The Tavis Smiley Show; Fox and Friends; @KatieCouric; CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360 and Newsroom; Canada AM; BBC World News; NPR’s Tell Me More and On Point; and Kurt Andersen’s Studio 360.
Ashley’s book NurtureShock, what Good Morning America called “The Freakonomics of childrearing” and “a wake-up call for parents” is one of the most influential books about children ever published. It offers a revolutionary new perspective on children that upends a library’s worth of conventional wisdom. With impeccable storytelling and razor-sharp analysis, the authors demonstrate that many of modern society’s strategies for nurturing children are in fact backfiring because key twists in the science have been overlooked. Nothing like a parenting manual, NurtureShock gets to the core of how we grow, learn and live.
Published in the Fall of 2009, NurtureShock was on the New York Times bestseller list for more than six months and was an Amazon Top Nonfiction 100 book for over a year. On more than 35 “Year’s Best” lists, the book has become a worldwide phenomenon with editions published around the world – in sixteen languages, to date.
Ashley is an acclaimed public speaker, having appeared at such venues as Yale University, Cal Tech, American University, the Aspen Institute, PopTech, 92nd St. Y Tribeca, the Los Angeles Times Book Festival, and many other universities, conferences, and venues around the nation.
Previously, Ashley was an attorney and a speechwriter in the Clinton Administration. She lives in Los Angeles, directing a small all-volunteer tutoring program for inner-city kids since 1999. For her civic involvement, Ashley received commendations from both the Clinton and Bush Administrations.
“We are very excited to bring Ashley Merryman to our community,” said Andy Duran, LEAD Executive Director. “She is a renowned author, brilliant speaker, and her message is one that is well suited for our community.”
LEAD is a 27 year-old organization that specializes in substance abuse prevention and provides educational resources and programming for both youth and adults.
While pre-registration for the keynote event is not required, it is suggested. To register, visit www.leadingefforts.org/merryman or call (847) 295-9075.