Professional Resource

Our Expert Speaker Line-Up at This Year's Annual Conference

Aug 27, 2018

Learn from the best at this year's ZERO TO THREE Annual Conference! Explore our exceptional line-up of plenary speakers and get a preview of the insightful and enlightening sessions we have in store.

Each and every one of our nearly 300 speakers offers specialized knowledge and training to help you learn and grow in your work to support infants and toddlers. Enjoy and learn from more than 90 individual training and learning sessions throughout the conference, and build a unique conference schedule tailored to your professional development needs.


Richard Krugman, MD, & Lori Poland, MA

Dr. Richard Krugman and Lori Poland will lead our 0pening Plenary, How A Relationship Can Effect Change: How We Intend to End Child Abuse and Neglect in Our Lifetime. Dr. Krugman and Lori are Co-Founders of The National Foundation to End Child Abuse and Neglect (EndCAN). This session will explore child abuse and neglect as not just a social and legal problem, but as a major health, mental health and public health problem too.


Greg Duncan, PhD

Greg Duncan, PhD, leads our Policy Plenary, The Role of Public Policy in Improving Life Chances for Children. Dr. Duncan will discuss findings from his innovative study on how income supplements impacts the behavior and biology of children in low income families. Dr. Duncan is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Education at the University of California, Irvine.


Philip A. Fisher, PhD

Our Science Plenary features Philip A. Fisher, PhD, who will lead, Translating Scientific Knowledge Regarding Healthy Development Under Conditions of Adversity. The plenary will focus on developing and evaluating early childhood interventions in socially and economically marginalized communities. Dr. Fisher is the Philip H. Knight Chair and Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon.


John B. King, PhD

Our Keynote Plenary will feature John B. King, PhD, leading The Transformative Power of Early Education to Close Opportunity and Achievement Gaps. Dr. King is a former U. S. Secretary of Education and the session will highlight the transformative power of education to close the opportunity and achievement gaps for low-income children and children of color. Dr. King will engage the audience in a conversation about the importance of early learning and share his personal story of resilience in the face of great challenges.


Ann Pleshette Murphy, Ellen Galinsky, PhD, & Rebecca Parlakian, MA, ED

Our Practice Plenary, Positive Parenting: Supporting Healthy Development and Building Strong Relationships,” will be led by Ann Pleshette Murphy, Dr. Ellen Galinsky, and Rebecca Parlakian. This plenary will explore the quest to be perfect, the effect of judgement, and other parenting dilemmas. The presenters will illustrate what parents can do to support healthy development and build strong relationships with their children. Ann Pleshette Murphy is a therapist, parenting counselor, and passionate advocate for young children and their families. Dr. Galinsky is the chief science officer at the Bezos Family Foundation, and Rebecca Parlakian is ZERO TO THREE’s Senior Director of Programs and develops resources for parents.


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