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Vulnerable: A Conversation with Ryan Leaf

Tuesday, January 14, 2020 | 7 P.M.

Radnor High School Auditorium

Free and open to the public

REgistration for this event is now closed.

The pressure of success — and a lack of resilience when things go wrong — can lead to poor decision-making with significant consequences.

PARENTS AND STUDENTS are invited to hear from former Heisman trophy finalist and NFL quarterback Ryan Leaf, who will share his personal story from the glory of the gridiron to the isolation of a prison cell, and his journey of recovery through service to others. Ryan Leaf is an advocate for transforming the way society views mental health and addiction, with a personal mission of reaching those in need of hope that happiness and a better life can be achieved.

About Ryan Leaf

Ryan Leaf was a standout collegiate football player and No. 2 overall draft pick who struggled under the pressure to perform in the NFL. After retiring from the NFL after four years, Leaf continued to battle with mental health and addiction issues, which ultimately landed him in jail. His cellmate encouraged Leaf to use the prison time to be of service to fellow inmates, which started his journey to recovery. An advocate for reducing the stigma surrounding mental health and addiction, Leaf travels the country sharing his story in order to reach those in need of hope. Leaf is also an ESPN football analyst and NFL Legends Community coordinator helping former athletes make a successful transition to life after a high-profile career.

About the Radnor Speaker Series

The Radnor Speaker Series is a public/private partnership between The Agnes Irwin School and the Radnor Township School District PTOs whose mission is to bring illuminating conversations to the community. 

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We look forward to seeing you for VULNERABLE: A Conversation with Ryan Leaf on January 14 at 7 p.m. at the Radnor High School Auditorium.

Radnor Speaker Series: Bringing illuminating conversations to the community with AIS and RTSD PTOs

2019 Speaker | Dr. Wendy Mogel

If we make the job of parenting too taxing, we will miss out on all of the fun! 

Dr. Wendy Mogel 

On January 16, 2019, more than 500 parents, educators, and community members came to Agnes Irwin as part of the Radnor Speaker Series, to hear from Dr. Wendy Mogel, practicing clinical psychologist, New York Times best selling author, and international public speaker. Dr. Mogel shared insights from her clinical practice on how to communicate more effectively with children and transform family conversations. The key takeaways from Dr. Mogel's presentation included:

  • Listen and reflect before responding — listening to your children gives them dignity.
  • Stay curious, enchanted, and non-judgmental about your children — and also maintain firm rules that they understand.
  • Provide the opportunity for children to practice wayfinding — it is a critical life skill.
  • Encourage your children to have relationships with inspirational adults that are not you — so when they go to college, they know how to turn to professors and others for help when they need it.

Past Speakers

Chris Herren | 2016

Dr. Wendy Mogel | 2019
Clinical Psychologist and Author of The Blessing of Skinned Knee

Dr. Katherine Dahlsgaard | 2018
Clinical Psychologist, Children's Hospital of Philadelphia

Rosalind Wiseman | 2017
Author of Queen Bees and Wannabees

Chris Herron | 2016
Former NBA Player and Motivational Speaker

Catherine Steiner-Adair | 2015
Clinical Psychologist and Author

Rachel Simmons | 2014
Author of The Curse of the Good Girl