Erin Walsh: From Online Safety to Digital Citizenship

Erin Walsh, M.A. is a dynamic, knowledgeable speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on topics related to brain development and raising resilient young people in the digital age. Erin was instrumental to the development of the MediaWise movement and enjoyed working with her father for the past 10 years at the National Institute on Media and the Family before creating Mind Positive Parenting in 2010. Erin presents on the powerful role of media in youth and children’s lives and explains how to use this information to understand, communicate with and stay connected with young people.

In addition to working with Mind Positive Parenting, Erin is a keynote speaker for Search Institute, and organization that provides leadership, knowledge and resources to promote healthy families, youth, and communities. She also teaches undergraduate students at the University of Minnesota and the Higher Education Consortium for Urban Affairs, an off-campus study organization dedicated to education for social justice. She is passionate about integrating digital technologies into pedagogy and curriculum in ways that help young people build bridges between the virtual and real worlds.

Erin also works with students and non-profit organizations on digital storytelling projects, believing that capturing and sharing our stories can lead to learning, action, and positive change. Erin taps into her experience counseling and leading young people in outdoor and wilderness experiences. She has consulted with schools, school districts, parent groups and other youth serving organizations throughout the country on issues related to digital media, children, and youth.


Jim Nelson: Running on Empty: The Seduction and Destruction of Our Youth 

Jim Nelson, LP (retired) worked for over 20 years as a psychologist at a Mental Health Clinic, in private practice, and at “Transition Plus” working with at risk students in the Anoka School District.  He was on the Anoka-Hennepin Mental Health Advisory Board and has taught for almost 40 years.  He was selected to the Who’s Who of American Teachers and was one of the first recipients of Medtronic’s Outstanding Teacher Award.
Jim speaks nationally and internationally on a broad range of topics including: “The Art of Joyful Living”, The Origin of Negative Emotions, “The importance of Forgiveness”, “The Essential Ingredients for Change” and “The Therapeutic Effects of Silence”.  He is currently writing the book “Running on Empty” while serving as Vice President of AHYMS, an Association of Meditation Centers in North and South America teaching non-violence and wellness.