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Speaker Series

Current Season

Julie Lythcott-Haims: "How to Raise an Adult" on 9/13


Julie began her career as a litigator in Silicon Valley. She served as Dean of Freshmen and Undergraduate Advising at Stanford University, and now she's a writer. From her own life trajectory and from working with tens of thousands of our nations best and brightest young adults, Julie has a clear sense of how we become the humans we want to be, and of what gets in our way.

Bestselling-author of How to Raise an Adult and Real American, Julie has hosted two successful TED talks, and speaks across the country on the dangers of over parenting as well as ways to "throw out the check-listed childhood."


  • Thursday, September 13
  • 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • JSerra Pavilion
  • See the presentation below.

Sarah Swafford: "Emotional Virtue" on 10/19


Sarah Swafford is the founder of Emotional Virtue Ministries. She speaks internationally to people of all ages on a variety of topics such as: Emotional Virtue, Dating and Relationships, and Interior Confidence. She is a graduate of Benedictine College and has been involved in ministry for over ten years.


For three years, Sarah worked as a Residence Hall Director at Benedictine College, taking care of 142 freshmen women. That amazing experience gave her a front row seat into the hearts of women and men transitioning from high school to college, giving her a deeper look into the struggles facing teens and young adults today.



  • Friday, October 19
  • 11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
  • JSerra Pavilion
  • See the presentation below.

Past Season


World-renowned inspirational speaker and New York Times-bestselling author Nick Vujicic spoke at JSerra Catholic High School to almost 2,000 attendees that included students, staff, and members of the community. It was also watched via live simulcast by 22 Christian schools in Southern California.

Born without arms or legs, Vujicic overcame his disabilities to live an independent, rich, fulfilling, and "ridiculously good" life while serving as a role model for anyone seeking true happiness. Now an internationally successful motivational speaker, Vujicic eagerly spreads his message, assuring people that God does have a plan for everyone, and every life is meaningful and purposeful.

Vujicic's message will resonate and inspire you to share the love of Jesus Christ in a world full of many distractions. He also shares funny tidbits and memorable quotes (the most touching might be: "You don't know the beautiful things that can come from broken pieces").


Author of the best-selling book Seal of God, Chad Williams shares his journey through the grueling Naval Ops training and onto the streets of Iraq, where he witnessed the horrors of war up close. It's a radical conversion story sure to inspire awe in everyone.


Dr. Sax is an American psychologist and a practicing family physician. He is best known as the author of four important books for parents: Boys Adrift, Girls on the Edge, Why Gender Matters, and The Collapse of Parenting. Dr. Sax has built an international reputation as an expert on child and adolescent development issues and has spoken to groups around the world. (Download the presentation notes here.)

Dr. Sax has also recently been featured on the new season of JSerra's podcast series, Plugged In. Listen here or download on iTunes.


Father Greg Boyle is the founder and executive director of Homeboy Industries in Los Angeles — the largest gang intervention, rehabilitation and re-entry program in the world. He is also the author the New York Times-bestseller Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion, which was named one of the Best Books of 2010 by Publishers Weekly and received the PEN Center USA 2011 Creative Nonfiction Award.