Beaumont School to host new speaker series geared toward parents of high school girls

Beaumont School will kick off its Saint Angela Merici Speaker Series for Girls and Families on Wednesday, February 3. This two-part speaker series will highlight two essential questions relevant to young women today and offer a keynote speaker’s expert response to those questions.

Beaumont will first host Dr. Katherine Jackson, a local professor and psychotherapist who focuses on innate personality traits nurtured in early childhood and how they impact an individual’s adulthood, on February 3. Jackson will address attendees with a talk focused on the essential question, “What is my life’s purpose?” The event will begin with Jackson’s talk from 7 to 7:30 p.m., followed by small group discussion from 7:45 to 8:30 p.m.

The keynote speakers will be followed by an open forum for parents to discuss, share tools and wisdom, and build community. Young women in grades nine through 12 will meet separately and have a unique opportunity to engage with the keynote speaker, who will address them directly.

“This program was really parent-driven,” said Coreen Schaefer, Beaumont’s dean of students. “We know that our parents really want to learn how to support and walk with their daughters through their transition to adulthood. The Saint Angela Merici Speaker Series is a forum for wisdom-sharing.”

The vision of the series aligns with Beaumont’s mission to educate women for life, leadership and service. The series is named after St. Angela Merici, foundress of the Ursuline order, by whom Beaumont is sponsored.

The second speaker of the series will be Dr. Lisa Damour, who, on Tuesday, April 19, will explore the essential question, “What builds resilience and grit?” She is a psychologist and author of upcoming book, “Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions Into Adulthood,” as well as the writer of a parenting column for The New York Times and the director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls.

The Saint Angela Merici Essential Questions Speaker Series for Girls and Families is open to parents of all ages, as well as high school girls. This event is free and open to the public, and is not limited to families who have a connection to Beaumont School. Both speakers will begin at 7 p.m. and events will be held at Beaumont School. Attendees are encouraged to visit beaumontschool.org/speakerseries to register and learn more information.

Beaumont School was founded in 1850 and established its current campus in Cleveland Heights in 1942. A Catholic school that educates girls for life, leadership and service, Beaumont is the oldest single-sex school in Cleveland and the oldest school in the Cleveland diocese.

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