GDST Talks

In 2020, we launched GDST Talks, our series of online seminars for GDST parents and alumnae.

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The GDST Talks seminars are led by distinguished experts who will share their experience and advice on the pressing issues of the day. Past events have focused on areas such as strategies for helping your child understand Covid 19 and how to support their mental healthhow to speak to your child about racism; and reassuring your child when the world feels like a frightening and unpredictable place.

By hosting the talks online, we are excited to reach more parents and alumnae than ever before from across our GDST family and we are very proud to be presenting some truly impressive and accomplished speakers.

Recordings of previous talks are available here.


Our next talks:


Nihara Krause

Our seventh speaker on 4th March is Dr Nihara Krause talking about The Science of Motivation – Helping Your Children To Keep Going.

With the cancellation of exams and the extended lockdown, many young people are experiencing a certain lethargy, a lack of desire to study, and a feeling of ‘what’s the point?’ Whilst we are all doing our best to ‘keep on keeping on’, it can be a challenge to maintain motivation and engagement. How can we help our children to focus on the future and to keep on going?

Dr Nihara Krause is a highly experienced and award-winning Consultant Clinical Psychologist who specialises in adolescent and adult mental health. She has contributed to government discussion on mental health, is the founder of teenage mental health charity stem4 and has created four globally successful mental health apps. In this session, Dr Krause will be explaining the science behind motivation and sharing tips and advice to help parents support their children through the coming months.

GDST Talks with Dr Nihara Krause on The Science of Motivation – Helping Your Children To Keep Going will take place on Thursday 4th March at 6pm via Zoom.

This event is suitable for parents with children in Years 7-13. 


Emma Gleadhill

Our speaker on 18th March is Emma Gleadhill talking about Helping Your Daughter Through Puberty.

Casting our minds back to our teenage years will bring some of us happy memories and make others shudder with relief that they’re over. However you experienced this tricky period, watching your daughter negotiate adolescence can come with its own set of challenges and upsets. In addition, the fact that many of today’s parents chose to have their children later in life has created the potential complication of peri/menopause and puberty colliding to create some difficult family dynamics. And where do fathers come in?

Emma Gleadhill is an educator and specialist in child and adolescent development. With over 20 years of experience in education, including six years as Deputy Head, Emma’s work centres on relationships, mental health, wellbeing and the emotional aspects of parenting. She brings research-based insights into what drives human behaviour and family dynamics, and how small tweaks can make a big impact in our relationships with ourselves and with others. She will be sharing her experience and advice on how the different types of modern family can support their children through puberty with family relationships and wellbeing intact.

GDST Talks with Emma Gleadhill on Helping Your Daughter Through Puberty will take place on Thursday 18th March at 6pm via Zoom.

This event is suitable for parents with children in Years 6-13. 


Previous talks:


deborah woodmanOur first speaker on Thursday 26th November Dr Deborah Woodman spoke on ‘Helping your child understand Covid 19: how to support their mental health and development in a world post-Covid.’ 

Dr Woodman is consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Lead for Psychology at Evelina London Children’s Hospital, Guy’s and St Thomas’. She talked about the impact that lockdown and its ongoing uncertainties have had on young people’s mental health and development. So much of the normal, healthy adolescent experience relies on interaction and dealing with challenges in person: how does this translate into a socially distanced and primarily online experience? Dr Woodman shared her expertise, and offered advice for parents around how to best support their child, as well as sharing ideas on how they, too, can cope with the difficulties of being a parent during a pandemic.

For parents with children in Year 7 to Year 13.

To watch this talk, click here.


gdst talksOn 2nd December, we welcomed Dr Marisa Porges author of What Girls Need: How to Raise Bold, Courageous, and Resilient Women (Viking Press, 2020). Dr Porges is a leading voice on gender, education and leadership, thanks in part to her previous work as one of only a few women in the field of counterterrorism and national security. Previously a senior policy advisor in the Obama White House, she is currently Head of School at The Baldwin School, an all-girls school outside of Philadelphia, which shares the GDST’s ethos of personal excellence and preparing girls to be leaders and changemakers.

For parents with children in Years 3 to 13.

To watch this talk, click here.


Destine LordOur third event on Thursday, 10th December was with Destine Lord, an anti-racism consultant who will be presenting on How To Speak to Your Child about Racism.  Destine is currently working with GDST teachers and students and her talk ties in with GDST Undivided, our commitment to diversity, inclusion and real change. Based in Canada, Destine has worked for the last 10 years in both the private and public sectors, running workshops and training sessions to encourage innovative approaches to racial inclusion.  As a Black Canadian woman, Destine can draw on her own experiences as a teaching tool for connecting with young women.

For parents with children in Year 7 to Year 13.

To watch this talk, click here.


Abi Gewirtz

On Thursday, 14th January, we welcomed child psychologist Professor Abi Gewirtz to the GDST Talks series. Professor Gewirtz, a South Hampstead High School Alumna, is Leadership Faculty Chair of the University of Minnesota’s Institute of Child Development, and Editor-in-Chief of the International Journal of Psychology. She has consulted with many national and international organizations on parenting including the U.S Congress and UNICEF. She talked about her new book, When the World Feels Like A Scary Place, and offered advice to parents on how to help their children deal with their worries caused by the many problems in the world from refugees to climate change.This event is suitable for parents with children in Year 3 to Year 13.

For parents with children in Year 3 to Year 13.

To watch this talk, click here.


marissa carraniniOur fifth speaker on Friday 5th February was Marissa Carrarini on Encouraging Your Child To Eat Well: Healthy Eating for Sport and Activity.

Nutritionist and nutritional therapist Marissa Carrarini works with clients to normalise and simplify food and healthy eating. In this talk, hosted by the GDST Consultant Teacher for Sport and PE Alexis Williamson-Jones, Marissa spoke to parents about how to eat optimally for sport and activity, including good things to eat before and after training, and whether there is really any benefit in so-called sports drinks. Whilst the focus of the advice was on students doing sport, much is of relevance to everyone, and is part of a wider series of talks around addressing disordered eating and encouraging healthy eating habits. A previous talk is available here.

To watch this talk click here.


charlotte robertsonOur sixth speaker on Monday 8th February was Charlotte Robertson ‘How To Be A Tech Role Model For Your Child’.

Co-founder of leading online safety organisation, Digital Awareness UK, Charlotte has created videos on YouTube that have been viewed by millions, has featured in documentaries exploring the lives of online influencers, and speaks to hundreds of students and parents every week about the safe and responsible use of technology. To mark Safer Internet Day 2021, Charlotte spoke to parents on how they can help their children to develop healthy tech habits, in part by setting the example themselves. She also shared her insights to help families understand how to engage in social media in a positive way.

To watch this talk click here.