2014 SENG Annual Conference: Keynote Speakers

SENG’s Annual Conference features some of the leading experts in the emotional and social aspects of giftedness. This year our three featured speakers are Dan Peters, PhD, Marc Yu, and Rose Blackett.
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2e 360: Lessons Learned From Working With 2e Youth, Raising 2e Kids, and Living 2e

Presenter: Dr. Dan Peters
Date and Time: Friday, July 18 at 8:00 a.m.

Dan Peters, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist who has devoted his career to the assessment and treatment of children, adolescents, and families, specializing in those who are gifted, creative, and twice-exceptional (2e). As a parent of three children, he understands the daily challenges of raising children in today’s world, as well as the importance of teaching them coping skills, problem solving, and resilience. He is passionate about creating healthy communities by helping parents and teachers engage children in the classroom, at home, and in life so that they can realize their full potential.

Dr. Peters is co-founder and Executive Director of the Summit Center. He serves on the California Association for the Gifted (CAG) Advisory Board, the Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG) Editorial Board, the Advisory Board for the 2e Center for Research and Professional Development at Bridges Academy, and as Co-Chair of the Assessments of Giftedness Special Interest Group of the National Association for Gifted Children (NAGC). He speaks regularly at state and national conferences on a variety of gifted, learning, and parenting topics, including how to overcome worry and anxiety.

Dr. Peters is author of Make Your Worrier a Worrier: A Guide to Conquering Your Child’s Fear and From Worrier to Warrior: A Guide to Conquering Your Fears. He  is also co-author of Raising Creative Kids, as well as many articles on topics related to parenting, giftedness, twice-exceptionality, dyslexia, and anxiety. He is also co-founder of Camp Summit, a sleep-away summer camp for gifted youth.



Sharing the triumphs and difficulties growing up as a world famous child prodigy

Presenter: Marc Yu
Date and Time: Friday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m.

Marc Yu was born in Pasadena, California in 1999. When he was two-years old his mother noticed he was singing along with Beethoven symphonies from his car seat. He has since appeared as piano soloist eleven times with symphony orchestras across the United States. Marc has accomplished countless solo recitals and numerous TV appearances including the Tonight Show with Jay Leno, Oprah and the Ellen DeGeneres Show. Steinway lowers their age limit to receive him as their youngest Steinway Young Artist. He has toured both nationally and abroad and is now promoting a National Geographic documentary, My Brilliant Brain, (U.S. title: Brain Child), a scientific study of development in Marc’s brain.

Marc Yu has made for himself a second career as well, leading his generation in speaking out for cultural and planetary concerns. After being presented to Vice Premier of China, Wang Qi-Shan, Marc addressed an assemblage that included Condoleezza Rice, Henry Paulson and other members of the US Cabinet at the 2008 Bi-Annual US-China Strategic Economic Dialogue. His speech was a plea for urgency in the matter of global warming. His message has been that composers inspire emotions in us that would make us want to change our world.

For these efforts and others, Marc was among ten “world luminaries” given a Most Innovative Person Award at the World Summit on Innovation and Entrepreneurship in Dubai (2008).


Rose BlackettConceptualizing Global Giftedness

Presenter: Rose Blackett
Date and Time: Saturday, July 19 at 8:00 a.m.

Rose Blackett is a registered educational psychologist in private practice based in New Zealand (NZ).  She has spent time as a classroom teacher, a Resource Teacher of Learning and Behaviour and a specialist educator in settings for children with significant special needs.  Rose serves on the SENG Board of Directors where she has a special interest in raising the awareness of the social and emotional needs of diverse populations.  As a SENG director Rose offers the international gifted community a point of contact.   

Rose has been the President of the New Zealand Association for Gifted Children (NZAGC) for the past nine years. The NZAGC provides an environment where gifted children, their parents, teachers and other professionals can work together to meet the needs of gifted individuals.  NZAGC publishes Tall Poppies, a magazine aimed at the family of the gifted child and professionals involved with child development; and Apex®, the New Zealand Journal of Gifted Education, a peer-reviewed publication for professionals with an interest in the gifted education field.  Rose is actively involved in all aspects of NZAGC including their annual conference and Gifted Awareness Week promotions.  

A former teacher and assessor for the national Gifted Education Centre, Rose is now an advisor.  She is also on the Ministry of Education (MoE) Gifted and Talented Advisory Board.  Rose authored the content for the national MoE Twice Exceptional and Social and Emotional Needs of the Gifted content for the Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) website in NZ.  She is frequently interviewed for both national television and print media publications.  She presents on a range of educational topics internationally.  Rose and her husband Rob parent two gifted children.   


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