Julie Lythcott-Haims

Event Date and Time: 
Tuesday, September 27, 2016 - 7:00pm
Location: 
Dick and Jane LeVan Theatre
Event Type: 
Special Presentation

Julie Lythcott-Haims spent a decade as Stanford University’s Dean of Freshmen where she was known for both her fierce advocacy for students and her equally fierce critique of the growing trend of parental involvement in the day-to-day lives of college students. Almost 20,000 undergraduates matriculated on her watch, and in 2010 she received the university’s Lloyd W. Dinkelspiel Award for creating the atmosphere that defines the undergraduate experience at Stanford. To her students she was affectionately known as “Dean Julie.”

Toward the end of her tenure she began speaking and writing widely on the phenomenon of helicopter parenting. Her New York Times best-selling book How to Raise an Adult: Break Free of the Overparenting Trap and Prepare Your Kid for Success was released in June 2015 and is being translated into several languages for publication in other countries. Her work has also appeared on TEDx talks, as well as in the Chicago Tribune, Forbes, New York Times, Slate and Time. She hosts the podcast “Getting In,” produced by Slate/Panoply, which offers students and parents sound advice about the college application process and serves as an antidote to the college admission “arms race” mentality. Her numerous media appearances include NPR, the Today show, CBS This Morning and Good Morning America. She also spoke at the first-ever TED Talks Live event held in Manhattan in the fall of 2015.

In addition to non-fiction, Julie writes poetry and creative non-fiction. She is a graduate of Stanford University and Harvard Law School, and since leaving Stanford in 2012 she has been pursuing an M.F.A. in creative writing at California College of the Arts in San Francisco. She lives in Silicon Valley with her partner of over 25 years, their two teenagers, and her mother.

She is deeply interested in humans living lives of meaning and purpose, and in the obstacles that can get in the way, and enjoys working with humans of all ages interested in finding their authentic self and honouring what they hear. After years of public speaking as a dean, community volunteer and litigator, she is an engaging, inspiring speaker who takes pleasure in working with her audiences.