Recorded on 11/07/2023

The Rising Generation: Finding Balance in Today’s Toxic Achievement Culture with Jennifer Wallace

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Recorded on November 7, 2023.

Today, affluent teens in high-achieving schools are the most anxious and depressed, suffering from two to three times higher rates of substance abuse, depression, and anxiety than the national average. Meet award-winning journalist and author Jennifer Wallace to learn how we got here and what – if anything – we can do to reverse this harmful reality.

In this fireside chat, we’ll delve into the historical and societal context of our toxic achievement culture, the impact it is having on our teens, and where we go from here. In Jennifer Wallace’s new book, Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes Toxic—And What We Can Do About It, she draws on conversations with researchers, educators, and survey of nearly 6,000 parents and kids to extract why toxic achievement culture has taken hold in high-income areas and the devastating impact it is having on families. Based on her interviews with some of today’s leading child psychologists, Wallace will also offer potential solutions and a practical guide to mitigate the harm being done to the long-term well-being of our children.

We hope you will leave this program with new ideas about how to teach your children and grandchildren to strive towards excellence amidst today’s overachievement culture in a way that is more balanced, positive, and healthy.

Get a complimentary copy of Never Enough: When Achievement Culture Becomes ToxicAnd What We Can Do About it.

About Jennifer Wallace

Jennifer Wallace is an award-winning journalist and author of the New York Times bestselling book Never Enough: When Achievement Pressure Becomes Toxic – and What We Can Do About It. She is a frequent contributor to The Wall Street Journal and The Washington Post and appears on national television to discuss her articles and relevant topics in the news. After graduating from Harvard College, Wallace began her journalism career at CBS “60 Minutes,” where she was part of a team that won The Robert F. Kennedy Awards for Excellence in Journalism. She is a Journalism Fellow at The Center for Parent and Teen Communication at the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. Jennifer serves on the board of the Coalition for the Homeless in New York City, where she lives with her husband and their three children.


Jennifer Wallace

Jennifer Wallace

Award-Winning Journalist, Television Producer & Author

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