The best way to predict the future is to create it.
— Abraham Lincoln

A dynamic speaker, Janet engages audiences both large and small, teachers and parents.

With over two decades of speaking experience, I am committed to engaging your faculty, staff, and parents with the right combination of warmth, humor and seriousness.

I speak on a wide range of topics, masterfully shaping each talk to inform and inspire your audience, according to your needs.

Include the Boys Alive! message in your next conference, break-out session, or professional development program. These high-interest talks can easily be used as an outreach opportunity or as a fundraiser, too.

Family-friendly companies and organizations that train staff who work with children benefit from an increased understanding of the challenges of raising and engaging boys – and how to do that in a boy-friendly way.


Talk Topics:


Bring Out Their Best

Understanding boys from a gender-based perspective including brain science & child development. How home and school can work together to support boys and help them be their best. Practical strategies included!

Boy-Friendly Schools

For faculty and staff. Behavior management becomes less of an issue when you know how to engage him and set up the class and school environment to be more boy-friendly. Girls benefit, too.

Mothering and Fathering, Two Very Different Tasks

Recognizing how differently moms and dads parent their boy—and why he needs both.

Taming the Media Monster

Boys are especially drawn to media and video games. Why are they so captivated by media? What are the health implications and what boundaries do we set?

The Middle School Years

He is growing and changing on the outside and the inside. Understand the changes in his brain—which affect his thinking and behavior. Help him navigate the increasingly complex world of social media, friendships, and increased academic expectations.

Boys and Stories

Boys read so very differently than most girls. How to engage boys in story—both reading and writing.

His Emotions, The ‘Boy Code’ & How to Help

The “boy code” rules strongly, especially in adolescence. Understand his way of relating through sarcasm, dissing, and risk taking and learn strategies to guide him to expressing his emotions in a way that fosters deeper connections to his friends and family.


Janet is a state of oregon master trainer 

Your staff can continue their professional development and log certification hours with these courses:

  • Boys Can Make You a Better Teacher—Understanding how boys (and some girls) learn, play, relate, and communicate. Set Two Standards, 1-3 hours. Human Growth & Development.

  • Communicating Effectively with Parents—Parents can be your best allies when you know how to build trust and understanding. Set Two Standards, 1-3 hours. Families & Community Systems.


I just listened to your live-stream talk for the Momazonians [parent hub at Amazon] and I was literally brought to tears several times just by the sheer relief and comfort in what you were saying.
— C. Schneider, Mom of Henry, age 9