Remarkable Mentors: Conversations for Bright & Quirky Kids & Teens

Various experts. All ages. Monthly, ongoing. Included in Catalyst membership.

Introducing monthly conversations with the amazing roster of Bright & Quirky experts, geared specifically to 2e kids and teens.  It's so inspiring to hear from bright & quirky adults who have made sense of their journey and have important messages to share with those growing into their unique selves. Ready for some inspiration?


Your Remarkable Mentor this month: Jonathan Mooney

Joining us this September is Jonathan Mooney, a 2e writer and activist with both dyslexia and ADHD, whose work has been featured in major publications such as The Washington Post and The New York Times. Kids and teens are encouraged to bring their questions, or ask in advance here. Your kids will not want to miss this very engaging speaker!

How to Join:

Please check the Catalyst Google Calendar for your link to join.


August Remarkable Mentor: Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD

August Mentor:

Scott Barry Kaufman

Scott Barry Kaufman, PhD

Scott Barry Kaufman is a humanistic psychologist interested in using psychological science to help all kinds of minds live a creative, fulfilling, and meaningful life. Kaufman has over 60 scientific publications on intelligence, creativity, personality, and well-being. In addition to writing the column Beautiful Minds for Scientific American, he also hosts The Psychology Podcast, which was named by Business Insider a podcast that “will change how you think about human behavior.” Kaufman is author and/or editor of 9 books, including Twice Exceptional: Supporting and Educating Bright and Creative Students with Learning Difficulties, Wired to Create: Unravelling the Mysteries of the Creative Mind (with Carolyn Gregoire), Ungifted: Intelligence Redefined, and most recently, Transcend: The New Science of Self-Actualization.

September Mentor:


Jonathan Mooney

I’m a dyslexic writer, speaker, and do-gooder who did not lean to read until 12 years old.  I faced a number of low expectations growing up—was told I would flip burgers, be a high school dropped out and end up in jail. Needless to say there hopeful prophecies didn’t come to pass. Opposed to being a high school drop out I became a college graduate from Brown university with an honors degree in English lit; instead of flipping burgers I ended up writing books, the first of which I wrote at the end of the 23 as an undergrad; And instead of becoming an inmate I become an advocate creating organizations and initiatives that help people who get the short end of the stick.

I’ve won many awards for all of this —The Harry S. Truman fellowship for public services, Finalist for a Roads Scholarship, LA Achievement award from The Lab school of Washington where I shared the stage with Vice President Joe Biden—and been featured in/on HBO, NPR, The New York Times, NBC, Fast company, and many other media outlets.  But what I’m most proud of is not that I proved some people how doubted me wrong—but that I proved the many people—my mom, a teacher named Mr. R, my wife Rebecca—right, not just about my potential but about the potential for all of us who live and learn differently.

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