Conference Announcements

SENG’s 2018 Conference: San Diego, CA

Pre-Conference Activities: July 19
Conference: July 20-22

Join us at the Town & Country Resort in San Diego! 
Room prices are $160 per night. Book your hotel room soon – our conference is the same weekend as San Diego ComicCon, and rooms are likely to sell out city-wide.


Watch this space! Children’s Program info will be available SOON! 

Conference Pricing

Registration Type Earlybird (Nov 15-May 31) Standard (June 1-July 6)  Late (July 7-Onsite)
SENG Premier Member $320 $352 $388
SENG Non-Member $400 $440 $485
Children’s Program $350 $350  —
Speaker $250 $250
Premier Member Speaker $200 $200


Keynote Speakers

Author and photojournalist Tom Clynes travels the world covering the adventurous side of science and education for magazines such as National Geographic and Popular Science, where he’s a contributing editor. He also writes and photographs for The New York Times, The Times of London, Nature, The Atlantic, and Scientific American. Tom is the author of three books, including, most recently, The Boy Who Played With Fusion, which tells the story of 14-year-old Taylor Wilson, who became the youngest person in history to build a working nuclear fusion reactor. Through Taylor’s story, Tom explores the challenges facing gifted children and their parents and educators, as well as the increasingly important contributions of amateur scientists. What does it take to translate the raw material of exceptional intelligence into genius-level mastery and exceptional accomplishment? Why do only a tiny portion of would-be prodigies go on to become eminent, high-achieving adults? And how can we best help our children, whatever their gifts may be, develop their talents and reach their potential as creative, happy adults?


Patricia Gatto-Walden, PhD, is a nationally recognized psychologist, who has worked therapeutically with gifted, highly and profoundly gifted children, adolescents and adults for over three decades.  In her adjunct gifted consulting practice, she specializes in helping parents and educators understand and embrace innate gifted characteristics, and provides strategies to ensure holistic health and well-being.  Her foundational book, Embracing the Whole Gifted Self, 2016, personifies giftedness. She is a featured and keynote speaker at gifted international and national conferences, and a two term past Chair of Global Awareness Network for the National Association for Gifted Children. She is a Senior Fellow at the Institute of Educational Advancement and co-founder of “Yunasa”, a holistic summer camp for highly gifted youth.  SENG honored Dr. Patty at the 2016 national conference with theClinician of the Year Award. She has consulting offices in Florida and Colorado.


Leslie Anita Hosey, Ph.D. currently serves as the Lower School Director for the Roeper School in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The Roeper Lower School serves the intellectual, academic and social and emotional needs of gifted students in Preschool through 5th grade. Leslie is the mother of three gifted boys, two who have graduated from Roeper, and one who is a current 10th grader. In addition to being a parent, Leslie has served three terms on the Board of Trustees, Co-chaired the Centenary Committee to honor George Roeper, and Chaired Roeper’s most recent Head Search Committee. In addition to her position as Lower School Director, Leslie serves as a Trustee on the Roeper Institute Board, whose current focus is to draw attention and resources to support high-potential low income students in Detroit. Prior to assuming leadership at the Lower School, Leslie served as a School Psychologist in Waterford School District, as well as maintained a private practice as a Clinical Psychologist. Leslie has conducted over 3000 psychological evaluations, and co-authored the Oakland County guidance document for identifying Specific Learning Disabilities. Leslie has been a member of the Roeper community for over 20 years, and has expertise in meeting the needs of the gifted across the lifespan. In her free time, Leslie supports local organizations committed to social justice, and enjoys travel.

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