Time for some inspiration and hope.

Our world has been turned upside down in the past several months. The uncertainty of the pandemic combined with concerns about social justice have made us think twice about what we are doing and saying. How do we move forward from here? What does community look like now? Let’s come together so that we can lift up one another and share insights and creative thinking so that we can reach higher ground together.

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About the Event

In this moment, our community can show its power more than ever before and we believe this event will contribute to much-needed healing. We are truly in this together and your compassionate voice matters.

Blue Ribbon Panel
The Voices of Compassion Blue Ribbon Panel brings varying experiences and perspectives ― education, behavioral health, mental health and family ― sharing insights, inspiration and creativity.
Dr Wanda Holland Greene
Wanda Holland Greene, MA

Head of Hamlin School in San Francisco

Wanda M. Holland Greene is Head of School at The Hamlin School in San Francisco, a mission-driven institution dedicated to best practices and innovation in the education of girls and young women. She is nationally recognized and respected as an experienced leader in education with a passionate voice and powerful presence that inspire communities to achieve equity and excellence for all children. For the past thirty years, Holland Greene has focused her professional time and attention on a wide and varied range of issues in education: mental health and emotional well-being; anti-racism and cultural competency; neurodiversity and learning differences; gender inequity and stereotype threat in the classroom; effective performance appraisal systems for teachers; and global citizenship. She has taught, mentored, and inspired thousands of children on the east and west coasts, and her writing, speeches, seminars, and professional presentations have permeated the educational and political landscapes from San Francisco to Cape Town.

Prior to Holland Greene's tenure at Hamlin, which began in 2008, she served for eleven years as a senior administrator at The Park School in Brookline, MA. She began her career in education in New York City at The Columbia Greenhouse Nursery School and continued thereafter at The Chapin School, where she was a teacher and the school’s first Director of Student Life. Currently, she is a trustee of Columbia University, Head-Royce School, a Pahara-Aspen Education Fellow at The Aspen Institute, and a former trustee of Concord Academy, The Chapin School, Hamilton Families, and Lick-Wilmerding High School. A former faculty member of the National Association of Independent School’s Aspiring Heads Fellowship, Holland Greene continues her mentorship and advocacy for brand new heads of school as an executive coach.

A proud Brooklyn native, Holland Greene graduated from The Chapin School in 1985 and earned a bachelor’s degree from Columbia College in 1989, majoring in English Literature with a minor concentration in psychology. She holds a master’s degree in curriculum and instruction from Teachers College, earned a permanent teaching license in New York State upon completing Barnard College’s Elementary Education Program, and has completed extensive coursework in private school leadership at Teachers College’s Klingenstein Center.
Julie Lythcott-Haims
Julie Lythcott-Haims, JD, MFA


Julie Lythcott-Haims believes in humans and is deeply interested in what gets in our way. She is the New York Times bestselling author of the anti-helicopter parenting manifesto How to Raise an Adult. Her TED Talk on the subject has more than 5 million views, and in 2020 she became a regular contributor with CBS This Morning on parenting. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience as a Black and biracial person in white spaces. A third book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, will be out in April 2021.

Julie is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean, and she holds a BA from Stanford, a JD from Harvard, and an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. She serves on the board of Common Sense Media, and on the advisory board of LeanIn.Org, and she is a former board member at Foundation for a College Education, Global Citizen Year, The Writers Grotto, and Challenge Success. She volunteers with the hospital program No One Dies Alone.

She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over thirty years, their young adults, and her mother.
Dr Denise Pope
Dr. Denise Pope

Founder of Challenge Success & Senior Lecturer Stanford Graduate School of Education
Denise Pope, PhD, is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education, where she specializes in student engagement, curriculum studies, qualitative research methods, and service learning. She is co-founder of ​Challenge Success​, a research and intervention project that provides schools and families the tools they need to raise healthy, motivated students. Challenge Success is an expanded version of the SOS: Stressed-Out Students project that Dr. Pope founded and directed from 2003-2008.

She is the author of Doing School: How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students​ (Yale University Press, 2001), which was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001, and lead author of ​Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids ​(Jossey-Bass, 2015). She also co-hosts the Stanford University SiriusXM radio show called “School’s In.”

Dr. Pope lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. She is a 3-time recipient of the Stanford University School of Education Outstanding Teacher and Mentor Award and was honored with the 2012 Education Professor of the Year "Educators' Voice Award" from the Academy of Education Arts and Sciences. Prior to teaching at Stanford, Dr. Pope taught high school English in Fremont, CA and college composition and rhetoric courses at Santa Clara University.
Dr Ramsey Khasho
Dr. Ramsey Khasho

Chief Clinical Officer at Children’s health council & Licensed Clinical Psychologist
Dr. Ramsey Khasho has over 20 years' experience evaluating and treating children, teens and families. He specializes in pediatric anxiety and depression, ADHD, ASD, forensic assessment and family therapy.

Dr. Khasho is a court-appointed expert for the State of California, and has provided testimony about the psychological evaluations of children and adolescents. He has over 10 years of non-profit executive management experience and is actively involved in the supervision and training of graduate students. Dr. Khasho is also an adjunct faculty member at the University of San Francisco teaching graduate level courses for the School of Education, Counseling Psychology Department.
Byron Pitts
Byron Pitts

Co-Anchor of ABC's Nightline
& Author, Be the One
Known for his thought-provoking coverage and commitment to exceptional storytelling, Byron Pitts is a multiple Emmy award-winning journalist and co-anchor of ABC’s Nightline. In 2013, Pitts became an anchor and Chief National Correspondent at ABC. Prior to working for ABC, Pitts was the Chief National Correspondent for CBS Evening News with Katie Couric. He was also CBS’s lead correspondent at Ground Zero immediately following the September 11th attacks and won an Emmy for his coverage.

A news veteran with over 20 years of experience, other major stories Pitt has covered include the war in Afghanistan, the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, the military buildup in Kuwait and the refugee crisis in Kosovo, to name a few. Pitts realized a life-long goal when he was named a Contributing Correspondent to CBS’s 60 Minutes in 2009. Pitts’ many achievements are all the more extraordinary when he tells of the many obstacles he faced as a child. Raised by a single mother in a working class neighborhood in Baltimore, Pitts was illiterate until the age of 12 and had a persistent stutter. Capitalizing on his desire to play football, his mother mandated he receive B’s or above in school in order to play. With that focus, Pitts learned to read and went on to attend Ohio Wesleyan University. With the help of his roommate and a college professor, Pitts found the support and encouragement necessary to pursue a career in broadcast journalism–a field that demands excellence in writing and speaking. By staying focused, setting simple and achievable goals and finding strength in faith, Pitts overcame powerful odds. He graduated in 1982 with A BA in Journalism and Speech Communications.

In May of 2017, Byron released his next book Be the One: Six True Stories of Teens Overcoming Hardship with Hope. Through stirring interviews and with his award-winning storytelling ability, Byron Pitts brings the struggles and triumphs of six everyday heroes to other teens just like them, encouraging all to be the source of inspiration in their own lives and to appreciate the lives of others around them.

Pitts’ gift and determination shone throughout his illustrious career garnered him several prestigious awards, including a national Emmy Award for his coverage of the Chicago train wreck of 1999, a National Association of Black Journalists Award, and second national Emmy Award for individual reporting of the September 11th terror attacks. He is also the recipient of four Associated Press Awards and six regional Emmy Awards.

Pitts lives in Weehawken, New Jersey.

Topics that Connect Us Today

Some of the themes our speaker and panelists explore include:

  • How have we changed based on the events and how do we move forward?
  • What does community look like now (home, school, work)?
  • What have we learned? What should we be doing differently? What stays the same?
  • How has this experience changed our purpose and responsibility towards others?
  • What is the role of compassion?
  • What is the connection between compassion, kindness and mental health?
Musical Performance
Special musical performance and remarks by Thunderstorm Artis, recent finalist on NBC’s
The Voice!, to inspire us to reach higher ground together.

Event Information

For more information call 650.617.3857 or email Jen Bugnatto at jbugnatto@chconline.org

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