Speaking Engagements


“Lenore had the crowd eating out of her hand.” – Amy Draves, Visiting Speaker Director, Microsoft Research, Redmond, WA 

“Who knew a presentation on the disappearance of childhood could be entertaining? Lenore Skenazy’s keynote at the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood’s summit had the audience rolling in the aisles. I lost count of the people who told me afterward that she was best speaker they had ever seen.”– Josh Golin, Associate Director, Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, Boston

“One of our funniest presentations of the year. Like watching Tina Fey doing stand-up. Mostly she looks at the absurdity of panic parenting that seems to plague our society.” The Wheeler Centre, Melbourne, Australia

“Her talk was one of the best attended and most talked about of the semester.” — Sandra J. Bishop, Assistant Director, Yale Child Study Center, New Haven, CT

And watch Lenore in Australia, where she spoke at the Sydney Opera House and the Wheeler Centre in Melbourne.

Lenore Skenazy is a syndicated columnist, author, and very funny public speaker, available for keynote addresses as well as lively, hands-on parenting seminars at universities, colloquiums, schools and community centers.  She has spoken to audiences here and abroad and appeared on Dr. Phil, The View, The Today Show, NPR, Good Morning America, Nightline, ABC World News Tonight, CBS Early Show, CNN, FoxNews, the BBC and CBC. (Still waiting for Oprah!)

In addition to founding the Free-Range Kids blog, book and movement, she has written for everyone from The Washington Post  to Mad Magazine. Yes, that Mad Magazine. A graduate of Yale and Columbia, she lives in New York City with her husband and two sons.

Lecture topics include:

Playdates & Axe Murderers: How to Tell the Difference

Who’s Crazy: People Who Trust the World or Those Who Assume the Worst?

How Come We’re So Much More Afraid Than Our Parents Were?

The Best Way To Raise A Super-Sweet Soccer Star Genius Who’s Kind to His Elders, Does His Homework Before Snacktime and Likes Raw Cauliflower (NOTE: Talk no longer available. Lenore’s sons have reached adolescence.)

Burn Your Baby Knee-Pads! (The “New Parents” lecture)

Stop Thinking Like A Lawyer (The “Litigiousness is Ruining Childhood” lecture)

Relax! Not Every Little Thing You Do Has THAT Much Impact on Your Child’s Development (The “Modern Day Madness” lecture)

And the ever-popular:

Raising a Sad, Worried Wimp (How Not To)


“Lenore Skenazy is a delight. Her whimsical approach to explaining the conundrums of being a 21st century parent in our litigious, overprotective culture, are both sobering and entertaining. She captivated an audience of parents and educators for well over an hour at the end of a busy day when I thought no speaker would be able to pull such a presentation off. As Head of a boarding and day schools for girls, it is clear to me that Skenazy’s assertions are right on the mark.  She is wonderful!” — Bessie Speers, Head of The Ethel Walker School, Simsbury, CT

“I was in stitches laughing.  The story about what it would take for a person to actually abduct a baby from the stroller at the store was so true! I really do think there is something to be said about encouraging kids to do things on their own as much as possible, within reasonable safety limits. Thanks for a great speech.” — Terri Lynn, mom

“Meeting Lenore in public was a joy and she was extremely funny and as interesting as her book. The best part of her lecture was realizing that we need to come together as a community in order to feel safe.” – Lindsey Ladd, mom

“Lenore kept a room full of us parents glued to our chairs, hanging on every erudite but entertaining word. She and her book and movement are a gust of fresh air. Run, don’t walk, if there’s a chance to hear her speak!” – Julie Ann Kodmur, mom

“I felt like I was out at a stand-up comedy show. Her comments and props about our paranoid society were right on as far I’m concerned – and delivered in such a comical way. She made it easy to hear the statistics and research.” Aimee Nalle, mom of 8- and 11-year-old

“Our parent community was so lucky to be able to have Lenore speak.  She was engaging and funny, but most of all thought-provoking about the many ways in which we don’t trust our own parenting skills (do we really need a plastic tub toy to tell us when our child’s bathwater is too hot?), and how we don’t allow our children the opportunities to take the important ‘baby steps’ toward independence and responsibility.  A great evening!” Judy Sanders, Principal, Kensington School, California

“I saw Lenore Skenazy in Rochester in March 2010. She spoke before a sold out crowd and generously stayed until the very end to sign every last book sold. No-one wanted her to go, and many of us wished we could have taken her out for coffee to continue the conversation – because she is just like us! Lenore is, simply put, hilarious and brilliant. Her statements are well researched, and her humor brings levity to topics which seem to create a lot of controversy. For those of us who remember roaming free during our childhoods and long for the same kind of fredom for our children, Lenore reminds us not to believe the hype and allows us to relax (for an hour) and believe that we are not crazy for leaving our children outside, unsupervised, for – at least – a few minutes!” Renée Schuls Jacobson, Rochester, NY

And here’s a whole blog post by an attendee.

Please contact Lenore at Lskenazy@yahoo.com or her representative, Katie Hamblin, at KHamblin@foundrymedia.com.

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