The Sue Omran Speaker Series: Innovative Parent Education for All
Open to the public, this new speaker series explores a range of parent education topics and philosophies. It is designed to provide opportunities for parents, educators and the community at large to practice life-long learning, whether about Montessori and other educational philosophies and programs, or about parenting in general.
Thanks to the outpouring of generosity from donors, The Sue Omran Speaker Series has been established in memory of our friend and teacher, Sue, who passed away in 2011.
With financial support from this fund, we intend to bring outstanding thought leaders to the South Shore, who—in the tradition of Maria Montessori and Sue Omran—challenge, inspire and guide us to become the best educators and parents we can be.
Richard Louv is a journalist and author of eight books about the connections between family, nature and community. He has written for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Times of London and other major publications, and has appeared on many national TV shows, including NBC's Today Show and Nightly News and NPR's Morning Edition, Fresh Air and Talk of the Nation. Recently Louv was keynote speaker at the American Academy of Pediatrics National Conference. Learn more about Richard Louv here.
Deepak Chopra, M.D is the founder of the Chopra Foundation and the author of more than 65 books, including numerous New York Times bestsellers. A Fellow of the American College of Physicians, his medical training is in internal medicine and endocrinology. He is also a professor at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University and at Columbia Business School, Columbia University. Learn more about Deepak Choprahere.
Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, is the Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology at Harvard University, and Director of the Genetics and Aging Research Unit at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Dr. Tanzi co-discovered the first Alzheimer's disease gene and several others, as head of the Alzheimer's Genome Project. Learn more about Rudy Tanzi here.
In addition, you may also make an online donation to the Sue Omran Fund, to allow the Speaker Series to grow and continue over time. Thank you for supporting this effort to bring important speakers to the South Shore community.
About Sue Omran
Sue Omran, a beloved teacher, friend, wife and mother of three young children, passed away September 23, 2011 at age 37. Her husband Mohamad ("Mo") established the Sue Omran Speaker Series as a legacy to share her two overarching passions—parenting and education—with the community.
Sue taught in the Toddler House and Discovery programs at Inly. Sue was well known for her intellectual curiosity and her passion for Montessori education. She loved music, had a gift for languages (she spoke six), and was a true global citizen.
As a Montessori teacher dedicated to life-long learning, she continues to inspire us all. We are thankful to all who keep her spirit alive through contributions and participation in this innovative series.