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Take a look at our speakers!

Featuring early childhood education rockstars from 11 countries. 

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Akilah S. Richards

Founder and Lead Producer of Raising Free People Network; Creator of "Fare of the Free Child" podcast; Author of "Raising Free People"

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Barb O'Neill, MEd, EdD

Founder & CEO of Transforming Challenging Behavior, Inc.; Early Childhood Education Speaker

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Brenda Soutar

Co-Author of updated "Te Whāriki Approach," New Zealand's National Early Childhood Curriculum; Consultant: deepening 

integration of Maori Culture into Early Childhood Education

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Caitlyn McCain

Artist, Educator, Actor;

MA Candidate, "Applied Theatre;" Artistic Associate at New York City Children's Theatre;  Creator of "Creative Clubhouse Stories"

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Denisha Jones, PhD, JD

Director, Art of Teaching Program at Sarah Lawrence College; Co-Director of Defending The Early Years, Inc.

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Ekaterina Ryabkova

President, Counsel Member, and Co-Founder of the Rybokov Foundation; Creator of the "Nobel Prize For Education"

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Hopi Lovell Martin, MEd

Ph.D Candidate "Indigenous Seasonal Pedagogy" in Early Childhood Education;
Consultant, Edge of the Bush  

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Jackie Bennett

Founder & Director of  "Connecting 2 Culture" Consultancy: bettering childhood services for Aboriginal and Torres Straight Islander populations

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Jan White, MSc

UK's Outdoor Learning Guru; Founder & Co-Director of "Early Childhood Outdoors" the UK-wide org to foster outdoor play and learning  

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John Yiannoudis

Co-Founder & CEO, Dorothy Snot Preschool & Kindergarten, Athens Greece; Active in several NGOs to transform Greek education  

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Kisha Reid

Founder & Director of Discovery Early Learning Center: A Place for Childhood preschool; Founder of "Play Empowers" Advocacy Group

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Laleña Garcia, 


Author and Kindergarten Teacher in NYC; Creator of "Rooted" Online Adult Education concerning Anti Bias Work in Early Childhood Education

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Laura Markham, PhD

Clinical Psychologist at Columbia University;  Parenting Coach; Author of "Peaceful Parenting;" Founder & Editor of "Aha Parenting"

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Liana Chavarin

Founder & Director of  Berkeley Forest School; 
Founder & Board Member of California Association of Forest Schools

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Lisa Murphy, MEd

Early Childhood Education Advocate, Advisor, Author and Speaker; Founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey Inc.

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Maggie Dent,


Australia's "Queen of Common Sense" Parenting Educator, Speaker, and Media Authority; Author of "Mothering our Boys" and "From Boys to Men"  

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Natalie Pipkin

Founder of Black Worldschoolers Mobile Bookstore; Founder & Facilitator at The Pulse Project Indy Community Drumming Initiative

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Nona Orbach,


Israel based Art Therapist, Art  Educator; Multi-Disciplinary Artist; Facilitator of Workshops in Israel and Worldwide;  Author

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Peter Gray, PhD

Research Professor of Psychology, Boston College; Author "Free to Learn;" Founder of Alliance for Self-Directed Education; "Psychology Today" Magazine blog

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Phillip Mott, BSEd

Former Elementary Teacher; 
Education Writer; 

Homeschooling Father


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Raffi Cavoukian, CM, OBC

Globally Renowned Children's Entertainer & Troubadour ("Baby Beluga');  Founder of Raffi Foundation for Child Honouring 

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Roberta Pucci

Atelierista and Art Therapist; Founder of Roberta Pucci Lab, Consultancy and Blog; from Reggio Emilia, Italy and inspired by the "Reggio Approach"

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Sarah Beale

Co-Founder, The Renegade Mum; Unschooling Coach and Mentor; Writer, Speaker, and Entrepreneur

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Suzanne Axelsson

ECE Pedagogical Consultant; Early Years Program at Stockholm University; Publisher of "Interaction Imagination" Blog; ECE Speaker

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Tania Hino, 


Bilingual (Spanish-English) ECE Parent Educator & Trainer; Consultant for Co-Operative Schools;  PhD Candidate; Founder of "Somos Mujeres Latinas"

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Wendy Lee

Director, "Educational Leadership Project," providing teachers with ECE professional development in New Zealand; sought after internationally for expertise regarding  "Learning Stories;" Author; Speaker

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