EDIFY Speaker Series Mission

To unleash and enlighten the intellectual curiosity of St. Michael’s students so that they may form the habits of mind and heart
that will enable them to courageously contribute to the common good.

About EDIFY: A Speaker Series

A St. Michael's family donated $500,000 over five years for the express purpose of inviting compelling, contemporary leaders and visionaries to the St. Michael’s campus to address students in a series of stimulating talks. The series is titled EDIFY.

In accordance with EDIFY’s mission, 演讲的目的是“释放和启发圣. 迈克尔的学生,这样他们就可以形成思想和心灵的习惯,使他们能够勇敢地为共同利益做出贡献.”

The donor, who prefers to remain anonymous, 根据他在寄宿学校参加类似项目的经历,提出了这个想法. Decades later, 他回忆起他遇到的许多演讲者给他留下了深刻的印象, and said he believes such a program has tremendous value.

“I am primarily interested in practical, 非学术性科目拓展学生的批判性思维能力和世界观. They already receive academic information in school, 提高批判性思维能力是他们能够并且将在他们的一生中使用的技能,” he said.

Meet Our EDIFY Speakers

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  • Dr. Kristin Neff

    On April 22, 2021, we welcomed Dr. Neff to our EDIFY Speaker Series.  

    Dr. Neff received her doctorate from the University of California at Berkeley, 研究道德发展,目前是德克萨斯大学奥斯汀分校教育心理学副教授.

    Dr. Neff is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, creating a scale to measure the construct over fifteen years ago. In addition to writing numerous academic articles and book chapters on the topic, 她是《十大彩票网赌平台》一书的作者," released by William Morrow.

    In conjunction with her colleague Dr. Chris Germer, 她开发了一个有经验支持的训练项目,名为“正念自我同情”, which is taught by thousands of teachers worldwide. 他们共同撰写了《十大彩票网赌平台》和《十大彩票网赌平台》, both published by Guilford. 她还是非营利组织“正念自我同情中心”(Center for Mindful Self-Compassion)的联合创始人和董事会主席.
  • Jonathan Evans

    On March 3, 2021, we welcome Jonathan Evans to our EDIFY Speaker Series 

    Jonathan Evans, a mentor, author, speaker, and former NFL fullback, 珍惜与基督的关系,珍惜用自己的生命来荣耀神的机会. Jonathan seeks to impact today’s athletes, men, and young adults by equipping and encouraging them in their faith. Jonathan serves with his pastor, friend, and father, Dr. Tony Evans, both in the local church and their national ministry. They also teamed up together to write "Get in the Game,一本实用的指南,充满了体育类比和精神真理,旨在加强读者的技能,他们需要胜利的生活. 乔纳森毕业于达拉斯神学院,拥有基督教领导硕士学位. 

  • Dr. Tal Ben-Shahar

    On March 5, 2020, we welcomed Dr. Ben-Shahar to our EDIFY Speaker Series.  

    Tal Ben-Shahar, Ph.D., 是一位作家兼讲师,他教授的课程是哈佛大学最受欢迎的积极心理学,以及该校第三大最受欢迎的课程“领导心理学”——总共超过1门,400 students.

    Dr. 本-沙哈尔在世界各地为跨国公司的高管提供咨询和演讲, the general public, and at-risk populations.

    主题包括领导力、道德、幸福、自尊、适应力、目标设定和正念. His latest book is Short Cuts to Happiness: Life-Changing Lessons from My Barber. 他也是《十大最大的网络彩票平台》一书的作者, 《十大彩票网赌平台》畅销书《十大彩票网赌平台》, and others.

    本-沙哈尔是一位连续创业者,也是幸福研究学院(HSA)的联合创始人兼首席学习官。, Potentialife, Maytiv, and Happier TV.

    An avid sportsman, Ben-Shahar won the U.S. Intercollegiate and Israeli National squash championships. He earned his Ph.D. in Organizational Behavior and B.A. in Philosophy and Psychology from Harvard.
  • Katlyn Grasso

    On November 15, 2019 we welcomed Katlyn Grasso to our EDIFY Speaker Series.  

    Katlyn Grasso is the founder and CEO of GenHERation. GenHERation is a network for connecting young women and companies. 它是高中和大学女生的灵感来源和途径. The event will take place in the Gloria Delgado Performing Arts Theatre.

    在担任首席执行官期间,她将generation社区发展到超过25万名成员. A graduate of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, 她是克林顿博士创立的总统参与奖的首届获奖者之一. Amy Gutmann at the University of Pennsylvania.

    格拉索曾登上《十大最大的网络彩票平台》的封面,成为“最值得关注的女性”名单上最年轻的女性. Katlyn is a frequent television and radio contributor and has appeared on CNBC, NBC New York, NBC Washington, D.C., SiriusXM Radio, CBS Radio Los Angeles, and Kiss 104.1. Originally from Hamburg, New York, Katlyn is now a bicoastal entrepreneur spending her time between New York City, Philadelphia, and California.
  • Dr. Kim Stanley Robinson

    On April 24, 2019, we welcomed Dr. Robinson to our EDIFY Speaker Series.  

    St. Michael's welcomes highly-acclaimed author and environmental speaker Dr. Kim Stanley Robinson to present a lecture to coincide with Earth Week. 罗宾逊是世界上最著名、最受尊敬的科幻作家之一,曾被《十大彩票网赌平台》杂志评为“环境英雄”.”
    Through the science-fiction genre, Dr. 罗宾逊揭示了人类面临的环境挑战的一些可能的解决方案, and that topic will be the focus of his lecture. Additionally, Dr. 罗宾逊将在AP环境科学和英语课上亲自与学生见面,进一步讨论环境和作家的生活.
    According to an article in The New Yorker, 罗宾逊被公认为在世的最伟大的科幻作家之一.” His work has been translated into 24 languages. Robinson has won numerous awards, including the Hugo Award for Best Novel and the Nebula Award for Best Novel. Robinson's work has been labeled by The Atlantic as "the gold-standard of realistic, and highly literary, science-fiction writing."
    他的文章和故事曾发表在《十大最大的网络彩票平台》、《十大彩票网赌平台》、《十大彩票网赌平台》、《十大最大的网络彩票平台》等杂志上.S. News and World Report, The Washington Post, The New Scientist, and Wired. 他写了19部小说,他最近的小说《十大彩票网赌平台》是《十大彩票网赌平台》的畅销书. Robinson is best known for his landmark “Mars” trilogy.
    Robinson has a B.A. and a Ph.D. in literature from the University of California, San Diego, and an M.A. in English from Boston University.
  • Ana Homayoun

    Ana Homayoun is a noted teen and millennial expert, author, speaker and educator. Her latest book, 社交媒体健康:帮助青少年在不平衡的数字世界中茁壮成长, discusses modern social media dilemmas and offers prescriptive solutions. Her first book, 皱巴巴的作业上周就该交了:帮助混乱和分心的男孩在学校和生活中取得成功, 很快成为家长和教育工作者对执行功能问题的务实方法的经典. Her next book, 完美女孩的神话:帮助我们的女儿在学校和生活中找到真正的成功和幸福, 探讨了当今年轻女性在现实生活中的困境,并提供了寻找真正成功和幸福的策略.

    Ana's work has been featured in the New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic Magazine, Fast Company, USA Today, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Chicago Tribune, and ABC News, among others, and she is a frequent guest on NPR.

    Ana is the founder of Green Ivy Educational Consulting, a Silicon Valley-based educational consulting firm, and has spent the past seventeen years working with students, parents, and educators around the world. For more information, please visit: www.anahomayoun.com and www.greenivyed.com.
  • Erik Weihenmayer

    Pioneering Adventurer. In 2001, Erik Weihenmayer成为历史上第一个登上珠穆朗玛峰的盲人. 2008年,他完成了攀登七峰的任务,这是各大洲最高的山峰. 

    Celebrated Author. In addition to being a renowned adventurer and speaker, Erik is also the author of Touch the Top of the World, which has been published in 12 languages. Erik’s second book, The Adversity Advantage: Turning Everyday Struggles Into Everyday Greatness, 分享来之不易的经验教训和实用的建议,利用逆境作为增长和创新的燃料. His latest book No Barriers: A Blind Man's Journey to Kayak the Grand Canyon was released in February 2017.

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