Opening Hearts and Minds for 20 Years

Since 1997, LPLC has worked alongside students, families, and schools to inspire life-long change and opportunities. Along the way, our confident students, strong families, dedicated  teachers, and generous supporters have inspired us. We want to celebrate the tremendous accomplishments we’ve been able to achieve together.

Consider this your personal  invitation to celebrate 20 years of positively impacting  more than  87,000 children and families.  We are excited to announce two limited engagements in 2017 with keynote speakers who are at the forefront of research in the field of academic and social emotional success.

Save the Date, Let's Celebrate


East Coast

New York, NY ““ May 4, 2017

Harvard Club of New York City

6:30pm  reception, 7:30pm program

Dinner and Discussion, Paddle Up



Keynote: Angela Duckworth, PhD

Angela is a professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and the Founder and Scientific Director of the  Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development.

Angela studies grit and self-control, two attributes that are distinct from IQ and yet powerfully predict success and well-being. A 2013 MacArthur  “Genius”  Fellow, Angela has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs.

Angela completed her undergraduate degree in Advanced Studies Neurobiology at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude. With the support of a Marshall Scholarship, she completed an MSc with Distinction in Neuroscience from Oxford University. She completed her PhD in Psychology as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.  Her first book,  Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, debuted May 3, 2016 as an immediate  New York Times  bestseller.


West Coast

Boise, ID ““ April 5, 2017

Zions Bank Building

5:30pm reception, 6:30pm program

Dinner,  Discussion, Paddle Up



Keynote: Lisa Gabel, PhD

Lisa is an associate professor of psychology and neuroscience at Lafayette College where, in collaboration with researchers at the Yale Genetics Lab and Boise State University, she is researching the genetic basis of dyslexia.

Lisa studies the link between genes, cognition, and reading that has led to an early detection method for identifying students at increased risk for dyslexia. This scientific breakthrough will help children receive intervention earlier, potentially eliminating years of frustration and remediation.

Lisa completed her undergraduate degree in Psychology at Allegheny College, received her PhD in Neuroscience at the University of Connecticut, and was a post-doctoral fellow at Brown University and Wyeth Research. She has presented her research internationally, including the British Dyslexia Association and Society for Neuroscience Conferences.