Speakers

To support our mission to create prepared, confident citizens of the world, to engage in respectful dialogue around important issues, and to support our community of parents, students, faculty and alumni, Pace Academy frequently welcomes guest speakers. See below for information regarding upcoming events.

Lower School

More speakers coming soon.

Middle School

More speakers coming soon.

Upper School

allie armbruster '04

March 7, 2018 (for students)

On Wednesday, March 7, students are invited to a panel discussion and question-and-answer session featuring Pace alumna Allie Armbruster ’04, her mother, Belinda Pattillo, and psychologist and pace parent Dr. Dina Zeckhausen.

Armbruster, a Princeton graduate, will share the story of her struggle with drug addiction and her path to recovery. Now a student at Georgia State University College of Law, she hopes to help drug offenders get treatment instead of jail time.

Armbruster will shine light on the factors that contributed to her addiction, as well as what’s helped her turn her life around. Her mother will talk about her experience as the parent of an addict and discuss early warning signs.

Zeckhausen, chair of the Parents Club’s Pace LEAD (Leadership and Education on Alcohol and other Drugs) initiative, will moderate the conversation. Please bring your questions as this distinguished panel shares practical advice and strategies for helping children navigate their teen years.

Questions? Contact Dr. Dina Zeckhausen at drdinazeck@gmail.com.



Freedom from Chemical Dependence

Feb. 14 at 8:30 a.m. and Feb. 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Fuqua Presentation Room, Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School, fourth floor
Open to all Upper School parents

Facing the College Years: The Truth About “Legal” Drugs

With all the news out there about legalizing pot, vaping and juuling, it can be hard to reason with the adolescent brain about why they shouldn’t use these drugs. Alcohol is the most widespread “legal” drug on all college campuses. Come learn about strategies to help your child make informed choices in high school and beyond.

About the Speakers
FCD Prevention Specialists are highly trained professionals who have achieved long-term recovery from alcohol or other drug addictions. This unique perspective enhances the credibility of their message and provides students with role models for happy, healthy, drug-free living.

Past Speakers

ROBERT HACKENSON

SOCIAL MEDIA LAND MINES

Learn about the dangers of social media and how to help children navigate and use this technology responsibly. Topics will include technology addiction and anxiety, communication and social skills, hateful posting, cyberbullying and digital safety. Parents will leave with helpful tips and resources.

SUBSTANCE AWARENESS

Gain new perspective on the influences and trends surrounding teens and substance abuse, and learn how to influence healthy decision-making. Topics will include teen influences and manipulation, alcohol, e-cigarettes, marijuana, prescription-pill abuse and the heroin epidemic. Parents will leave with tips and communication techniques.

About the speaker
Robert Hackenson is the founder of Dynamic Influence and a professional “edutaining” speaker and trainer. Hackenson has spoken across the U.S. and Canada, and has appeared on NBC, CBS, PBS, iHeart Radio and other media outlets.

ANA HOMAYOUN

THE CULTURE OF PERFECTIONISM: OVERCOMING THE FEAR OF FAILURE AND OF NEVER BEING “GOOD ENOUGH”

In today’s world of high expectations, many individuals — regardless of age — feel an underlying or overarching anxiety of never being good enough. They often believe that something is “missing” in their pursuit of achievement, success, and happiness. It doesn’t have to be this way! Recognizing that we each have our own internal definition of perfection is often the first step in redefining and honing our values, developing healthy habits and pursuing a purpose-filled life.

About the speaker
Ana Homayoun is a nationally recognized counselor, author, speaker and educator. Homayoun has been quoted or featured in the New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Chicago Tribune and on ABC News. She is a frequent guest on NPR.

FREEDOM FROM CHEMICAL DEPENDENCE

Feb. 12 at 8:15 a.m. and 6:30 p.m.
Fuqua Presentation Room, Arthur M. Blank Family Upper School, fourth floor
Open to all ninth-grade parents

NAVIGATING THE HIGH SCHOOL YEARS: WHAT TO SAY WHEN “EVERYONE IS DOING IT”

To complement the drug and alcohol education happening in the classroom with ninth graders this week, the FCD Prevention Specialists will present a parent workshop for ninth-grade parents to offer support and guidance in helping children enjoy a drug-free adolescence. Some of the topics to be addressed include:

•Effective ways to communicate with your child about drugs and drug use
•Up-to-date facts about current drug use and trends
•What to say about your own experiences with alcohol and/or drug experimentation
•How to spot early warning signs of trouble and effective ways to respond

About the Speakers
FCD Prevention Specialists are highly trained professionals who have achieved long-term recovery from alcohol or other drug addictions. This unique perspective enhances the credibility of their message and provides students with role models for happy, healthy, drug-free living.