February 7th, 2024

Please join us for our annual fundraiser luncheon to hear from renowned psychologist and author, Lisa Damour, Ph.D., who will share highlights from her new book, The Emotional Lives of Teenagers. Lisa’s latest New York Times best seller is an urgently needed guide to help adults understand teenagers’ intense and often fraught emotional lives—and how to support them through this critical developmental stage.

Following the keynote presentation, Lisa and Challenge Success Co-Founder, Denise Pope, Ph.D., will engage in a discussion with students to elevate their voices on this important topic.

If you are interested in sponsoring the event, hosting a table, or have any questions, please contact Caitlin Ciannella, Director of Development & Communications.

Host Committee & Board Members

Alison Abbo
Gary Alpert
Mike Barker
Mark Boswell
Lisa Busby
Jennifer & Shawn Carolan
Jenny Fan Raj
Sofi Frankowski
Meeta Gaitonde
Aditi Goel
Taylor Griffin
Calla & Will Griffith
Annie & Ned Hall
Tesha McCord-Poe
Naomi Meyers
Sharon Olken
Dan Rosenthal
Rebecca & Tod Sacerdoti
Rachel Skiffer
Jeff Symonds
Kelli & Steffan Tomlinson
Sally & Scott Whipple

Who should attend

Parents, Educators, Mental Health Professionals, Supporters, and Donors; Anyone who interacts with children ages 10+.


The Crowne Plaza Cabana Hotel
4290 El Camino Real, Palo Alto, CA 94306


11:30AM Doors Open
12:00PM Luncheon Begins


Lisa Damour, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Damour is the author of three New York Times best sellers: UntangledUnder Pressure, and The Emotional Lives of Teenagers. She co-hosts the Ask Lisa podcast, works in collaboration with UNICEF, and is recognized as a thought leader by the American Psychological Association. Dr. Damour is also a regular contributor to The New York Times and CBS News.

Dr. Damour serves as a Senior Advisor to the Schubert Center for Child Studies at Case Western Reserve University and has written numerous academic papers, chapters, and books related to education and child development. She maintains a clinical practice and also speaks to schools, professional organizations, and corporate groups around the world on the topics of child and adolescent development, family mental health, and adult well-being.

Dr. Damour graduated with honors from Yale University and worked for the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan. She has been a fellow at Yale’s Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy and the University of Michigan’s Power Foundation. She and her husband are the proud parents of two daughters.

Denise Pope, Ph. D

Denise Pope, Ph.D., is a Senior Lecturer at the Stanford University Graduate School of Education. 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 co-author of Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids (Jossey-Bass, 2015).

Dr. Pope lectures nationally on parenting techniques and pedagogical strategies to increase student health, engagement with learning, and integrity. She is a three-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. She lives in Los Altos, CA with her husband and three children.

Maliha James

Maliha James is a Senior at Salesian College Preparatory in Richmond, CA. She is originally from Oakland, CA and credits the community that raised her for cultivating her deep commitment to advocacy. Maliha is the current Student Body President of her High School, Founder of the Salesian Dance Club, a leader in the AAAK Club, a member of the Diversity Club, and has been the lead choreographer of the schools theater productions since her Junior Year. In 2023 she was nominated by her school Principal for the Princeton Prize on Race and Equity. In addition to her on-campus leadership activities she prides herself on her community engagement and commitment to elevating creative voices. She was the youngest member of the 2022 Bay Area Summer Academy sponsored by the Association of Bay Area Governments Metropolitan Transportation Committee, Bay Area Air Quality Management District, and bcdc. Maliha has 10 years professional dance experience, building her creative foundation through Culture Shock Oakland under the Creative Direction of Kim Sims-Battiste and for the past two Summers, she has been a Junior Leader with AileyCamp, a joyous and rigorous six-week program for youth ages 11-14, supported by CAL performances and founded by Alvin Ailey. This is her second year participating in Challenge Success. 

Sienna Keene

Sienna is a senior at Miramonte High School in the Bay Area of California. As the Associated Student Body Treasurer for her school and a three year veteran of the Leadership Class, she works closely with the Diversity, Equity/Curriculum, and Philanthropy commissions to help shape a positive and equitable school culture. This is Sienna’s second year working on the Challenge Success Team where she uses her voice to create change at school for her peers. As a member of the Sideline, Competitive, and Stunt Cheerleading Teams, Sienna leads by setting an example through hard work, positive attitude, and kindness to her teammates and opponents. Sienna also is committed to community service with completion of over 250 hours. She especially enjoys her time with the people at the Bay Area Rescue Mission and the Monument Crisis Center. Academically, Sienna has a passion for psychology and neuroscience which she plans to study through the pre-medicine track after high school. She is currently working on the publication of her research project in which she proposes the innovative use of virtual reality and biofeedback treatment options for phobic anxiety disorders. In her free time, Sienna enjoys painting and is currently exploring starting a business to combine her art with fashion. She also loves yoga, meditation, and spending time with her family and friends. 

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