October 20, 2019Pacific Palisades, CA

Never Good Enough?
Rewiring Our Kids (and Ourselves) for Success

Sunday, October 20, 2019, 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
The Bel-Air Bay Club
16801 Pacific Coast Highway
Pacific Palisades, CA 90272

5:00 p.m. Cocktails + Dinner

6:30 p.m. Program

7:30 p.m. Coffee + Dessert

We are overwhelmed by the response and are especially grateful to our generous donors. If you are interested in attending, please contact Sarah Bowman.

Featured Speakers

David Coleman

President and chief executive of the College Board

Julie Lythcott-Haims

Author of How to Raise an Adult and former Stanford University dean of freshmen

Jim Steyer

Founder and CEO of Common Sense

Willow Bay (Moderator)

Dean of the USC Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism

We all have the best intentions when it comes to our children. But as much as we try to manage the academic and social stressors in today's media-saturated world, the pressure to get into competitive schools can be overwhelming.

We're producing a generation of kids who worry they may never be good enough. The recent college admissions scandal exposed this uncomfortable truth, signaling the necessity to examine our dignity, humanity, and morality.

Instead of snowplowing and helicoptering our kids through the process, can we help give them an enduring mindset and skills that will serve them through childhood to college and beyond? Join us for a soul-searching conversation about ways we can rewire our parenting to focus on what really matters when it comes to our kids.


Common Sense is the leading independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. Funds raised through this event allow us to develop and deliver our free parent resources and educational programs to millions of families and schools in the Los Angeles region and across the country.


  • Stefanie Huie and David Lee
  • Tracy and Gene Sykes

Host Committee

  • Debbe and Peter Adamson
  • Lin Oliver and Alan Baker
  • Kathy and Frank Baxter
  • Lainie and Dave Becky
  • Lorraine and Joe Berchtold
  • Priscilla Sands and John Berg
  • Sheila and Mark Bolour
  • Reveta and Bob Bowers
  • Kathy and John Choi
  • Aileen Adams and Geoff Cowan
  • Erica August and Gabe Cowan
  • Carrie and Matt Dalton
  • Susanne and Greg Daniels
  • Dolly Klock and Jon Doris
  • Georgia and Breck Eisner
  • Claudia Kahn and Anthony Foux
  • Jessica Capshaw and Christopher Gavigan
  • Ann and Jim Gianopulos
  • Lisa and Joshua Greer
  • Sarah and Jeff Hughes
  • Heidi and Brandon Liebman
  • Susan and Scott Lord
  • Zelana and Joel Montminy
  • Sabina and David Nathanson
  • Cara and Paul Natterson
  • Jessica Postigo and Eric Paquette
  • Hadley and Lee Rierson
  • Adam Larson and Brian Robinson
  • Eve and Seth Rodsky
  • Jana Winograde and Todd Sandler
  • Eli and Ken Selden
  • Karen Kehela Sherwood and Ben Sherwood
  • Tara and Scott Sorensen
  • Baudelia and Brett Taylor
  • Laura Fox and Ben Van de Bunt
  • Sandy Wax
  • Julie Chung and Kent Yu

Thank you to our sponsors