“Dear Vanessa, Thanks so much for the wonderful presentation(s). The feedback that I have received has been outstanding. It is such a pleasure to listen to you. A couple of the parents said they wish that they had a few hours with you! Thanks again and good luck with the new book. All the best,”


-Ally Caso

“Your company’s values strike a magnificent chord with me. I attended a presentation in Stamford, CT, and ever since I feel that your cores are, to say the least, well thought out and wise. You truly have a mindset to help us teens survive these difficult years, and I would love to assist you in whatever is necessary. If we can establish a good link between the writer and the teen, then perhaps Radical Parenting can grow even mightier.”

–Jason, 13, Stamford, CT

Vanessa Van Petten frequently hosts workshops, does speaking engagements and keynotes for parent and teen groups, schools and even corporations who are trying to understand teens today!

Vanessa on CNN:


Listen to an Interview with Radical Parenting Teens and Vanessa Van Petten!

Check out her Speaker’s Page for her topics. See her upcoming and previous events below.

Teen Speakers Bureau

We have some fabulous teen speakers.  If you are looking for a speaker or want to apply to be in our Bureau.  Check this out!

Events and Activities

Please email her manager for dates you would like to inquire about:

Vanessa Van Petten Speaking*Public events will be bolded

April 27, 2012: Boston, MA MIT Conference Digital Teens

April 15, 2012: New York, NY Elementary School Parent Event

March 2 2011: Santa Barbara, CA Elementary School Parent Event

February 22 2011: Los Angeles, CA Parent Event

February 16 2011: Los Angeles, CA Teen/ Parent Event

February 12 2011: Los Angeles, CA Parent Event

February 2 2011: Los Angeles, CA Elementary School Parent Event

January 27 2011: New York Area Parent Event

January 26 2011: Buffalo, New York Parent/Teen Event

January 22-25 2011: North Carolina Events

November 17th, 2010: Los Angeles BINA Presentation: “The Truth About Lying”

November 16th, 2010: MOMA, American Express and iVillage Event on “The Talk” for Parents

November 8th, 2010: Crossroads School Parent Event

October 2010- New York City Area Speaking Tour

September 2010: Los Angeles Events

June-August 2010: Portland and Pacific Northwest Tour

April- May 2010: China Speaking Tour

March 24, 2010: Stacey Kannenberg Radio Show

March 1-10, 2010: Speaking events in New York, New York

February 22nd-February 26th 2010: Speaking events in Orlando and Ft Lauderdale

February 17th, 2010: Wilshire Blvd Temple Teen Event

February 11, 2010: Speaking Beverly Hills School District Parents

February 2nd, 2010: Claudine Family Radio Show

February 3rd, 2010: Paul Revere Middle School Speaking to 4 grades

February 4th-8th, 2010: Speaking in Portland Oregon.

February 10, 2010: Speaking at Tikvah Synagogue

January 31, 2010: Yom Limmud Sand Diego Teen and Parent Event

January 27, 2010: Wilshire Blvd Temple Event

January 21, 2010: Real Housewives of Orange County Appearance

December 15, 2009- January 25, 2010: Speaking in Buenos Aires, Uruguay and Santiago while doing research on Van Petten’s next book.

December 3rd, 2009: Real Housewives of Orange County Appearance

November 1-30 2009: Speaking Events in Tokyo, Singapore and Seoul while conducting research on Van Petten’s next book.

October 30, 2009: Beverly Hills School District Talks

October 22, 2009: Kenter Catholic School District Elementary School Talks

October 2nd, 2009: Filming on Parenting Online Berkeley Center

September 2, 2009: CNN Childhood Obesity Live

September 15th, 2009 St Louis Today Show

September 19th, 2009 Father Daughter Alliance Radio Show

September 17th, 2009 The Vic Mcarty Show

September 22-25, 2009: Niagara Falls Catholic School District Events

May 1st-September 1st, 2009: Private Summer Events at Homes and Private Workshops

August 31, 2009: Santa Monica High School and Harvard Westlake, Private Girls Workshop for teens online

April 24th, 2009 Respect RX Training Seminar

April 27th, 2009, Symantec Workshop

March 22, 2009, Girls Workshop Private Home

March 11th, 2009, Chandler School Parent Night

March 27th, 2009, Suite Life of Zach and Cody

March 25th, 2009, Teleseminar with Ask Experts on Parenting Teens Still time to register!

March 5th, 2009 NAACHS Teleseminar Host

April 2nd, 2009 NAACHS Teleseminar Host

March 24th, 2009 Mayfield Senior Academy for Girls, Talk on the Internet

March 24th, 2009 Sinai Akiba, How Parents Can Understand the Net Generation

February 19th-22nd, 2009, New York City Symantec Media Tour

February 6th, 2009 Marlborough School for Girls Organization Bootcamp

February 24th, 2009 Mayfield Senior Academy for Girls, Talk on the Internet

Saturday February 28, 2009 Step Up Women’s Lecture for Parents on Communication

Saturday, March 7th, 2009 Seminar Culver City Adult School

January 27th Arroyo Pacific Academy “Picking Your Dream Career”

January 27th, Arroyo Pacific Academy “Helping Your Kids Pick their Dream Career”

Archive Events:

Friday, September 12th, 2008 Parent Coffee Group 8th Grade Parents, 1pm.

Tuesday September 16th, 2008 Blog Talk Radio Podcast

September 18th, 2008 Momscoop Podcast

September 24th, 2008 Women’s Power Podcast

September 25th, 2008 Winward Parent Group, 10am.

September 27th, 2008 Marlborough 8th Grade Parent Dinner, 7pm.

October 2-3rd, 2008 What Teens Want Conference

October 2nd, 2008 UCSB Youth and Politics Panel, 7:30pm

October 5th, 2008 Marlborough 9th Grade Parent Dinner, 6pm

October 21st, 2008 Parents Association Meeting, 8am

October 22nd, 2008 Culver City Adult School Class, 7pm  “How to Communicate With Your Teens”

October 26th-30th New York Speaking Tour Contact me for info.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008 Interviewing Excellence: Do’s of Great Interviews
Present Yourself with Confidence and Clarity in Job Interviews
I will be presenting with Daisy Swan, MA career coach about Millenials in the workplace!
Time: 6:00-8:30pm RSVP $40 before June 3rd/ $50 thereafter
Location:, 12100 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 320, Los Angeles, 90025

June 15-September 1, 2008: Private Events and Focus Groups for Parents and Teens in Los Angeles, CA as summer programs.  For more information, contact here.

Partner Event: Navigating Career Change Panel Discussion: Overcoming Obstacles to Career Change in the Entertainment Industry
Presented by Daisy Swan, MA, CPCC: The Los Angeles Career Counselor & Coach
Date:   Thursday, July 10, 2008
Time:   6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
Location:, 12100 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 320,
Los Angeles, CA 90025 (at Wilshire and Bundy)
Tickets Call 310-820-8877 or visit

Thursday, September 25th, 2008: Los Angeles, CA
Winward 7th Grade Parents Group

Monday, October 8, 2007: Portland, OR

Jewish Federation
7pm, Jewish Community Center, OPEN
Speaking to Parents about how to get their kids to say ‘thank you’ and opening the communication gap.
Jewish Review

Tuesday, October 9, 2007: Portland, OR

Jewish Federation
6pm, Jewish Community Center, OPEN
Speaking to Teens about strategies to get their parents to understand them, how to make chores more manageable and get their curfew later.
Jewish Review

Friday, October 19, 2007: Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica YWCA, GIA: Girls In Action Group 3:30pm Self-Esteem and the Media Workshop

Saturday, October 20, 2007: Los Angeles, CA

Kids Day WBTLA, KidsTalk TV 10am-4pm, Exposition Park Filming KidsTalk TV Show, Kids, Trauma and Recovery.

Monday, October 22, 2007: Santa Monica, CA

Santa Monica YWCA 3:00pm Invitation Only Workshop for Teen Girls “Techgyrls Group” on how to start your own business on your allowance. Also introducing a number of sites that are safe for teen girls.

Tuesday, October 23 and Thursday, October 25, 2007: Los Angeles, CA

Marlborough High School
8am, Caswell Hall, Invitation Only Speaking to 7th grade parents on how to prepare their kids for the stresses of high school, overloaded homework and test anxiety�

  • Ongoing October 2007 working with Santa Monica YWCA teen girl groups, presenting issues about leadership, empowerment, communication, volunteering and safety.

Thursday, November 15, 2007: Los Angeles, CA

Parents Association, Marlborough High School
8am, Invitation Only Speaking about post dance parties, after prom and alcohol at school events. How to prepare and talk to your kids about partying safely in High School.

Monday, October 19, 2007: Pasadena, CA

Chandler School, 6th Grade Workshops 12:00pm, Workshop for 6th graders on communicating with parents, how to connect with them and explain to parents about friends, the Internet and other important issues in kids lives.

Tuesday, December 4th, 2007: Van Nuys, CA Teenline Outreach, “How Teens Can Get Help: Suicide, Cutting and Drug Use”

Monday, December 10, 2007, 1:00pm: Playboy Radio

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Thursday, January 17th, 2008, 6:45 pm: Hancock Park, CA
Marlborough School: Father’s Group, How to Dad’s Can Talk to their Daughters

Tuesday, January 14th, 2008: Woodland Hills High School, 10:30am

Wednesday, January 15th, 2008: Sun Valley, CA: Sun Valley High School, 2pm

Wednesday, January 16th, 2008, 7pm: Pasadena, CA
Chandler School: “How to Communicate with the Net-Generation”

Saturday, January 26th, 2008: 3pm Compton, CA
Watts Library Branch, Gang Outreach Program with Teenline.

CANCELED Wednesday, March 5th, 2008: San Bernadino, CA
Cal State San Bernadino, 7pm: Panel member “Political Issues for Generation Y” Show with Josh Fredenburg

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008: Northridge, CA
Parent Group 9am: “Understanding your Teenager Today”

School Tour! St Louis, MO, February 25-29, 2008
– 2-25, Elsberry High School, 1pm

Wednesday March 5th, 2008: Hollywood, CA
Paramount Pictures, Lunch and Learn Workshop on “Kids Going Online”

Wednesday, March 5th, 2008: Santa Monica, CA
Santa Monica High School Parents Meeting: “Parenting the Net-Generation”

Wednesday, March 8th, 2008: Los Angeles, CA
Step Up Women’s Network: Speaking to Parents Group “Finding Family Time”

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008: Los Angeles, CA
Adrienne Soresi’s The Cocktail Hour Radio Show, 4pm

Wednesday, March 12th, 2008: Pasadena, CA
Chandler School Parent Fair, Demonstration on Internet Privacy Settings and Social Networking

Saturday, March 15th, 2008: Sherman Oaks, CA
The Greg Mantell Show Filming (airdate to come)

Saturday March 15th, 2008: Westlake, CA
Girls Empowerment Center Grand Opening, 11am, Speaking: Inspiring Women

Monday, March 17th, 2008: Malibu, CA
9:30 Parents Group: “Understanding Teens: Cheating, Drugs and Facebook”

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008: Los Angeles, CA
7am, KRB Radio Interview, Communication for Teens and Parents

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008: Culver City, CA
Culver City Public Library, 6:30pm: “What is Your Kid Really Doing Online and How to Protect Them”

Monday, March 24th, 2008: Miami, FL
CBS 4 Miami Live Morning Show: “Understanding the Net-Generation”

Wednesday, March 26th, 2008: Philadelphia
WCOJ interview, 6:30am (PST)
Friday, March 28th, 2008: Idaho, Wyoming, South Dakota
Radio Interview on You’re Grounded AM 650 KGAB

Saturday, March 29th, 2008: Culver City, CA
3pm Culver City Public Library, “What is Your Kid Really Doing Online and How to Protect Them”

Monday, March 31st, 2008: Foz and Tina Show
8:30am, WAZOX Wilmington, NC.

Monday, March 31st, 2008: Dr Barbara Holstein Internet Radio
7pm, “Teens, Tweens and Kids Today”

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008: Radio
Divorcing Daze Podcast, 10am (PST)

Wednesday, April 2nd, 2008: Radio
The Young Turks Show, 12:30pm(PST)

4/9/2008 Fox 5 New York

4/9/2008 CFRB Radio

Friday, April 11th, 2008: Watts Radio KXYL, Texas, 3:15pm PT

Monday, April 14th, 2008: Parenting My Teen Podcast Interview

Tuesday, April 15th, 2008: WOCM-FM 98.1 Bulldog and The Rude Awakening Show, 9:30am ET

Thursday, April 17th, 2008: Podcast Megan Morrone

Friday, April 18th, 2008: Redwood School, 2pm

Thursday, May 1st, 2008: Koreatown, Los Angeles, CA
7pm, Step Up Women’s Network Event, speaking to parents about how to manage social and academic pressures.

Sunday, May 25th, 2008: Los Angeles, CA
Step Up Women’s Network College Workshop: “How to Talk to Your Parents About College”