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Speaker Series

Parent Education

Open to the public, this 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 Omran-Nelson Speaker Series has been established in memory of our friends and former teachers, Sue Omran and Brien Nelson. With financial support from this fund, we intend to bring outstanding thought leaders to the South Shore, who—in the tradition of Maria Montessori—challenge, inspire, and guide us to become the best educators and parents we can be.

Dr. Steve Ralph | November 3, 2021

In this age where we are constantly being disrupted by the exponential growth of technology, pandemics, a volatile marketplace and shifting global events, the need for creative thinking to navigate these new challenges is becoming more and more vital.

But how can we catalyze our creative thinking with the barrage of disruptions? What can we do now to prepare for the changes ahead? How might we encourage creativity in our children as they adapt to this ever-changing world?

This interactive session will uncover the dynamics that both hinder and foster greater ingenuity, as well as explore specific ways to unlock our creative potential to help us thrive in a world of unpredictability and disruption. 
Dr. Steve Ralph is passionate about catalyzing ingenuity in those he comes into contact with. He serves as a faculty member with Pepperdine University’s Graziadio Business School, where he teaches courses in creativity and innovation, leadership, and team dynamics. Dr. Ralph’s research interests are centered in creativity and innovation, with special focus in personal disruption, leadership development, pause practices and the impact of exponential technology.

Dr. Derrick Gay | January 14, 2021

“We all have claim to and benefit from diversity,” explains Dr. Derrick Gay. “We need to understand this as we strive to foster a society in which, no matter who you are, where you came from, what you have, what you don’t have, no matter whom you love or whom you worship, or choose not to worship, you can, quite simply, flourish.”
Dr. Derrick Gay is a Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) Strategist who, over the past 23 years, has partnered with over 500 organizations across numerous sectors to deepen D&I capacity; enhance inclusion and engagement, and design strategy to maximize business and education goals.
Dr. Gay has been featured in The New York Times, The Washington Post, Business of Fashion, The Huffington Post, El Tiempo Latino and on NPR, The Brian Lehrer Show, and 60 Minutes. He is also a Forbes contributor and has produced two TEDx Talks.

Dr. Derrick Gay’s TEDx Talk “The Double Edged Sword”

David Brebner | November 14, 2019

David Brebner is a leading thinker in user interaction, software design, 3D machine vision, AR, IoT, AI and solutions architecture.

Tommy Orange | October 25, 2018

Tommy Orange, author of the New York Times bestselling novel There There, a multi-generational, relentlessly paced story about a side of America few of us have ever seen: the lives of urban Native Americans. There There, Orange's debut novel won the 2018 National Book Critics Circle Award’s “John Leonard Prize” for the first book by a new voice and the 2019 Hemingway Foundation/PEN Award. The book was also a finalist for the 2019 Pulitzer Prize.

Dr. Devorah Heitner | April 11, 2018

Dr. Heitner is the authority that parents turn to for empowering, research-based advice on raising resilient and kind kids in our always-connected, increasingly challenging world. Her talks take on common issues ranging from repairing digital mistakes and increasing empathy in our digital interactions to understanding changing conceptions of personal privacy and creating a culture of responsible, digital citizenship.

Sara Mardini | April 12, 2017

Sara Mardini, whose story of bravery and resilience astonished the world, spoke at Inly about her flight from Syria, her heroic and life-saving act of courage, and her on-going work to advocate for refugee and women’s rights.

Sara, a top-tier, competitive swimmer from a young age, now lives and works in Greece and is currently a volunteer lifeguard for Emergency Response Centre International (ERCI), a Greek nonprofit organization that provides emergency response and humanitarian aid in times of crisis. In 2016, Sara was a speaker and ambassador for the first-ever Refugee team at the Rio Olympics and also spoke at the first-ever United Nations Summit for Refugees and Migrants. She has given talks around the world and is the focus of an in-production documentary titled “She is Syria”.

Read Sara’s incredible story here.

David Rose | November 9, 2016

David Rose is an award-winning entrepreneur, author, and instructor at the MIT Media Lab.
Rose's research focuses on making the physical environment an interface to digital information. David is the CEO at Ditto Labs, an image-recognition software platform which scours social media photos to find brands and products. His book, Enchanted Objects, focuses on the future of the internet of things, and how these technologies will impact the ways we live and work.

Learn more about David Rose here.

Jessica Lahey | April 6, 2016

New York Times
 columnist and best-selling author Jessica Lahey visited Inly School on April 6, 2016 to speak and sign copies of her book The Gift of Failure: How the Best Parents Learn to Let Go So Their Children Can Succeed. 

Rob Lieber | May 19, 2015

John Hunter | April 9, 2014

Joe Ehrmann | October 23, 2013

Dr. Deepak Chopra & Dr. Rudy Tanzi | December 4, 2012

Sue Omran

Sue Omran, a beloved teacher, friend, wife and mother of three young children, passed away in 2011. Her husband Mohamad wanted to establish a 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 and 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.

Brien Nelson

A beloved member of the Inly Family for 14 years, Brien Nelson passed away in 2007. Brien was a lower elementary teacher for seven years, and then served as Inly's first technology director. His son, Spencer, attended Inly from toddler through middle school and his wife Michele continues to be a strong supporter and volunteer. In addition to his great intelligence and wit, Brien’s fervent dedication to Montessori education has been an inspiration to us all. We are pleased to honor Brien with the naming of this speaker series in his memory.

Inly School

46 Watch Hill Drive | Scituate, MA 02066
Tel: 781-545-5544 | Fax: 781-545-6522
Welcome to Inly, a private, independent Montessori school with innovative programs that inspire toddlers, preschool and K-8 students to become independent, lifelong learners. Our inviting community draws students from 20 towns on the South Shore of Boston,
including Scituate, Cohasset, Hingham, Norwell, Hanover, Marshfield, Pembroke, Plymouth and Hull.
Inly School admits students of any race, color, religious affiliation, national and ethnic origin, and without regard to disability, to all rights, privileges, programs and activities generally accorded or made available to students at our school. We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religious affiliation, national and ethnic origin, or disability in the administration of our educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, and athletic or other school administered programs.