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In September 2017, Crofton House School and the CHS Parents' Auxiliary were pleased to host Amanda Langanchor on Bloomberg TV Canada and acclaimed author of Power of Why and newly released The Beauty of Discomfort, as this year's Whole Girl, Whole World speaker. 

In The Beauty of Discomfort Amanda asks, “Have we made life way too comfortable for our kids?” She argues that we need to start pushing children outside their comfort zones, “Students who periodically occupy the discomfort zone learn the habit of making an effort — and learn also that failure is usually the entry fee for attempting to change and grow.” Read an excerpt »

About the Speaker

Amanda Lang, author of the recently released, The Beauty of Discomfort, has a front-row seat to the world’s daily top stories in business, politics, and economics as an anchor and producer for two weekly shows at Bloomberg Television Canada, called Bloomberg North with Amanda Lang. She has been covering business in North America for 20 years. An award-winning journalist, she is known for her no-holds-barred approach to the people, companies, and stories making the news.

Previously, Lang was CBC’s senior business correspondent, reporting for its flagship nightly news program, The National, and host of The Exchange with Amanda Lang, a daily business program that aired on CBC News Network. Prior to that, she co-hosted The Lang and O’Leary Exchange with television personality Kevin O’Leary.

Lang’s first job in journalism was for the Globe and Mail, subsequently joining the Financial Post where she became the paper’s New York correspondent. In New York, she made the leap to television, where she first was part of the team that launched BNN, and before long wound up at CNN as a reporter and anchor. She returned to Canada in 2002 to re-join BNN, joining CBC in 2009, where she remained until 2015.

She is the author of the bestselling book, The Power of Why: Simple Questions That Lead to Success, which shows readers how to reignite curiosity at any age to become more innovative and productive.

Before becoming a journalist, Lang studied architecture at the University of Manitoba.

About the Whole World, Whole Girl speaker series

A world for our girls

The Whole Girl, Whole World speaker series provides CHS parents, teachers, and girls with an exciting opportunity to hear from internationally-renowned experts about complex issues and opportunities facing growing girls.

It is an opportunity for our community to engage in thought-provoking topics, and provides a valuable chance to reflect and initiate on-going discussion on how we can support our daughters as they learn to be courageous, creative citizens in the world. Speakers are always carefully selected in keeping with the school’s philosophy of educating girls for life.

Past speakers

2016 – 2017 Lisa Damour

“Raising a young woman will be one of the most vexing, delighting, exhausting and fulfilling things you will ever do. Sometimes all on the same day. The job is hard enough even under the best conditions, and anyone doing a hard job deserves support. When we get that support, when we understand the developmental tour de force that is adolescence, we can truly enjoy and empower our girls.” – Lisa Damour Ph.D.

  • Renowned psychologist, author, teacher and foremost expert on child development
  • Author of the New York Times bestseller, Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood
  • Director of the highly acclaimed Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls
  • Graduated with honors from Yale University and worked at the Yale Child Study Center before earning her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Michigan

2015 – 2016 Speaker: Rachel Simmons

  • Author of The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence and Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls
  • Reflections for Educators by Jo-Anne Kingstone, Deputy Head and Director of the Senior School
  • Radio discussion with Rachel Simmons, Jo-Anne Kingstone, CHS grade 12 student Ashley, and Simi Sara on CKNW about coping in a culture of effortless perfection
  • A message from Rachel to parents
2014 – 2015 Speaker: Dr. JoAnn Deak

2013 – 2014 Speaker: Barbara Coloroso

  • Author of The Bully, the Bullied, and the Bystander and Just Because It’s Not Wrong Doesn’t Make It Right
  • Key points from Barabra Coloroso’s presentation

Amanda Lang

September 28, 2017
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Crofton House School
3200 West 41st Avenue
Vancouver, BC (map)

The Beauty of Discomfort

Amanda Lang's new book is on sale in the School Store and Alumnae Uniform Shop for $24.75. 

Ticket and General Inquiries

604 263 3255 ext 4702 


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