11th Annual Fall Luncheon: Giving Voice to Children

Thursday, October 03, 2019
11:30 AM - 1:30 PM

Junior League of Houston, 1811 Briar Oaks Ln, Houston, TX 77027

2019-10-03 11:30:00 2019-10-03 13:30:00 America/Chicago 11th Annual Fall Luncheon: Giving Voice to Children

The Parish School's annual luncheon raises funds to support school operations and its financial assistance fund for families. Held at the Junior League of Houston, guests hear from a dynamic keynote speaker on an educational topic related to caring for a child who has special needs. Parent event chairs also share their child's story and Parish's impact on their famiy.

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The Parish School's 11th Annual
"Giving Voice to Children" Luncheon

Benefiting The Parish School and its Financial Assistance Fund

Stephanie von Stein Keeton
and Dr. Mark A. Schusterman

Current Parent Chairs

Lisa and Buzz Baker

Alumni Parent Chairs

Sponsorships and Ticket Sales

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To make a gift or to attend this event, please visit this donation page.
Keynote Speaker Jordan Shapiro

Keynote Speaker

Jordan Shapiro, PhD
Author, educator and researcher

Presenting "Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World"

It’s time for a new approach to screen time. As parents and educators, we need to rethink our attitudes toward technology. There's a damaging orthodoxy that presents digital devices as an evil temptation. Grownups see it as disruptive influence in the home, the adversary of healthy family life. They think the only acceptable response is firm limits and restrictions. But Jordan Shapiro, PhD—an educational pioneer, college professor and father of two—draws on cutting-edge research in learning science, philosophy, economics and psychology to show we've let fear and nostalgia stand in the way of our children's best interests. He offers optimistic, inspiring and practical advice to help adults navigate the new, digital frontier of childhood. He reframes gaming, social media and smartphones in historical context, providing a fresh, evidence-based perspective that will change the way you think about today’s connected kids. 

Shapiro is a globally celebrated thought leader. His Forbes' column (2012-17) on global education, learning through digital play, kids and culture was read by over 5 million people around the world. He’s an international speaker and consultant whose fresh perspective combines psychology, philosophy and economics in unexpected ways.

Purchase Jordan Shapiro's latest book, The New Childhood: Raising Kids to Thrive in a Connected World, from this special link and proceeds benefit The Parish School! Read more about Jordan and his latest book on NPR.

He will also be presenting a free adult education session the evening of Thursday, Oct. 3, titled "The New Childhood." For info and to RSVP, visit

 maria hammond luncheon honoree


Maria Hammond, PhD
Licensed Psychologist

Join us in honoring Maria Hammond, PhD, a licensed psychologist gifted in the intervention of young children who has dedicated her career to helping Houston-area children and families thrive. Dr. Hammond has focused her training, research and clinical practice on the areas of communication delays, developmental differences and parent-child relationships. She trained at Texas Children’s Hospital with Michelle Forrester, PhD, as well as at Children’s Learning Institute under the mentorship of Susan Landry, PhD.

Dr. Hammond began her career as a licensed clinician at The Parish School, where she held social skills groups for young children who have learning differences and autism. During this time, she made lifelong friends and colleagues who still comprise most of her professional and personal connections across disciplines, especially longtime Parish board member Melanie Seigle and the cherished former head of school Margaret Noecker.

Today, Dr. Hammond leads a private practice called N.E.S.T. (Nurturing Emotional and Social Skills Therapeutically) Developmental Center for Children and Families, where her multidisciplinary team of therapists provide assessments, intervention and social skills playgroups for young children, as well as trainings for parents, students and teachers.

 Community Partner Gensler


Community Partner of the Year

Gensler is a global architecture, design, and planning firm with 48 locations and more than 6,000 professionals networked across Asia, Europe, Australia, the Middle East, and the Americas. Founded in 1965, the firm serves more than 3,500 active clients in virtually every industry. Gensler designers strive to make the places people live, work and play more inspiring, more resilient and more impactful.

In 2016, The Parish School has been the grateful recipient of Gensler’s pro bono services from the design of an updated master plan for campus to consultation on the school’s new modular building.


Thank you to our generous luncheon sponsors!

 Benefactor $5000
Lisa and Buzz Baker
Mo and Ric Campo
Hotel ZaZa - Memorial City

 Sustainer $3000
Frosch Travel / Eleonora and Bryan Leibman
The Goodman Family Charitable Fund
Stephanie von Stein Keeton
Brigitte Kalai / KNOWAutism Friends
Speedy Printing — Katy Freeway

Supporter $1500
Olga Balboa
Stephanie Bodiford
Camper Parents
Terri Garth
Laurie and Alfredo Gutierrez
Maria V. Hammond, PhD / N.E.S.T. Developmental Center
Melanie Seigle and Ann Neyland
Neuhaus Education Center
Camper Parents
Jennifer Rose
Mallory and James Shaddix
Cynthia and Richard Celli / Betty Ann and John Taylor
Will Martin’s Fan Club
Kay and Danny Williamson


The New Childhood

A special Adult Education session featuring Luncheon Keynote Speaker, Jordan Shapiro, PhD

"The Digital Sandbox: What Grownups Need to Know About the New Childhood"

Thursday, October 3, 2019
6:30-8:30 p.m.
The Schissler Library at The Parish School
11001 Hammerly Blvd., Houston, TX 77043

Join us for an in-depth presentation continuing on Jordan's keynote from the Giving Voice to Children Luncheon earlier that day. A Q&A and book signing session will follow.

  • Event is FREE and open to the public.
  • To ensure space availability, please RSVP at
  • Childcare available to Parish families upon request.