Cyber Speaker Series

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Program:  Thick Skin Is In:  What is the Recipe for Self-Directed, Resilient Kids?

Presenter:  Katie Koestner

Date:  Monday, March 19th at 6:30pm

Sticks, stones, and boulders.  What are the skills that kids need today to hold up under pressure?  Whether the pressure comes from online posts by “friends” or the stress of high achievement in so many areas.  The adolescent brain learns faster, remembers more, and seeks stimulation as if it were water in a desert.  It is under siege with new cell growth and agitated by the resulting exposed, overly-sensitive raw nerves. 


More than ever before, young people live in an almost constant state of stress brought on by a combination of lack of sleep, heightened expectations, and over-exposure to endless stimuli from every direction.  Turn challenges into success with skill and strategy for your students and kids.  Learn how to help kids thrive and operate at full capacity.  Bolster your own resiliency and learn how to role model the skills needed not just to survive the brutal reality of gossip, ratings, likes and posts; but to thrive and rise above.


Learning Outcomes

  • Understand the adolescent brain’s capacity and implications of overstimulation and deleterious stress
  • Acquire skills to boost young adults’ developmental gains in resiliency
  • Enrich stress management skills in youth and learn strategies for finding the balance to achieve more confidence and sure footing in adolescence


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Presenter Bio-Sketch for Katie Koestner:

Ms. Koestner has lectured at over 4000 schools in North American, including about 1600 K-12 schools on the topics of cyber-safety and healthy relationships.  Katie has appeared on the cover of TIME Magazine, on Oprah, CNN, MTV, MSNBC, NBC Nightly News, Good Morning America, Larry King Live, Later Today, Entertainment Tonight, is the subject of an HBO Movie, as well as dozens of other national news programs.  The US Ambassador to India has invited Ms. Koestner to lecture for 19 days in India, and the US Department of Defense has had Ms. Koestner train their top 200 officers. 


Katie’s quick wit, humor and captivating delivering keep her audiences glued to every word!  On the topic of Cyber-Safety and Cyber-Smarts, Ms. Koestner’s witty, fast-paced program, packed with all the essential “nooks and crannies” of information that truly get students re-thinking their assumptions and use of technology, is in high demand.  When Katie shares her personal story about being the victim of Date Rape, her audiences are both inspired and moved to take more positive actions as bystanders when they witness unhealthy relationships.  Katie has presented to hundreds of top schools in North America, including Rye Country Day, Masters School, Dalton, Collegiate, Groton, Hotchkiss, Westminster, Berkshire, Greenwich Academy, Germantown Academy, Flint Hill, Salisbury, Pomfret, Governor's Academy, The Hill School, VA Episcopal School, Harker School, Phillips Andover, Phillips Exeter, Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, and many more.