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The CHC Breakfast 2021. Healing Together: Our Kids | Our Confidence | Our Community. Free Video Replay. Thank You. A conversation with experts offering insights and important practical advice to help up re-engage.
The CHC Breakfast 2021. Healing Together: Our Kids | Our Confidence | Our Community. Free Video Replay. Thank You. A conversation with experts offering insights and important practical advice to help up re-engage.

Get grounded and inspired.

For almost a year our kids have been cooped up at home, sitting in front of screens, trying to deal with online school, missing friends and milestones. Our family journeys have been varied, but most mental health experts agree that we’ve been through a huge emotional experience that will probably continue long after the physical threats of COVID are behind us. We want life to resemble what it was before COVID, yet we don’t know if that’s possible, and we are uncertain about how safe it really is to re-engage. Have we fallen so out of practice with socializing that we don’t know how to do it? And what about our kids? We all have some degree of ‘re-entry anxiety’ — whether it’s going back to the workplace, sending our kids to school, or re-engaging with friends and family. The very thing we want the most — to re-enter the world — is causing unease and apprehension.

This online gathering will feature an in-depth conversation with a blue ribbon panel of experts who will offer insights and important practical advice on re-engaging.


Join us for a conversation with experts offering insights and important practical advice to help us re-engage.

Make a Gift. Support CHC’s programs to reduce stigma and support mental wellness.

Breakfast Co-Chairs

Calla Griffith & Melinda Osterloh

Honorary Committee

Sterrin Bird, Suzanne Crandall, Bobbie Gates, Monica Graham,
Perri Guthrie, Jan Harris, Catherine Harvey, Jenny Johnson, Jill Johnson,
Amy Kacher, Kim Klikoff, Carley Rydberg, Barbara Silverman, Sheri Sobrato,
William and Jennifer Stasior, David Wollenberg

Expert Panel

Our online gathering will feature an in-depth conversation offering insights and important practical advice to lead us forward with courage, connection and compassion.
Dr. Leah Weiss

Compassion Institute Founding Faculty
Stanford Graduate School of Business
Co-Founder at Skylyte, Los Angeles, CA
Leah Weiss, Ph.D. is a researcher, lecturer, consultant, entrepreneur, and author. She teaches Compassionate Leadership at the Stanford Graduate School of Business, where she created the perennially-waitlisted course “Leading with Mindfulness and Compassion.” She is Founding Faculty at Compassion Institute. She is also the co-founder of Skylyte – a company that specializes in using the latest neuroscience and behavior change to empower high-performing leaders and managers prevent burnout for themselves and their teams.

Her first book, “How We Work: Live Your Purpose, Reclaim Your Sanity, and Embrace the Daily Grind” (HarperWave) focuses on developing compassionate and soft skill-based leadership while also offering research-backed actionable steps towards finding purpose at work. It has currently been translated into 7 different languages. Her latest book, “Bhavana: The Thai secrets of everyday resilience,” came out in the U.K. in May 2019.
Dr. Vidya Krishnan

Head of Adolescent Mental Health Services
and Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist,
Children’s Health council
Dr. Krishnan brings a wealth of clinical experience to her role at CHC. She believes in a comprehensive approach to the diagnosis and treatment of mental health issues. She aims to facilitate a mutually collaborative approach to care with a strong emphasis on therapeutic interventions to complement the use of medications. She works to build a team of caregivers with common goals, frequently involving multiple stakeholders with an aim to utilize the various resources available in the community. She is passionate about the importance of improved access to mental health services and strives to work in diminishing the stigma surrounding mental illness at the individual, family and community level.

Prior to Children’s Health Council, she worked for almost 10 years in a group psychiatry practice. There she treated children, adolescents, transitional and college age youth, adults, couples, and families while providing them with appropriate therapeutic support and indicated medications. When not working, Dr. Krishnan can be found immersed in a book (she remains firmly old school in this matter, despite being in the Bay Area). Besides being an avid reader, she enjoys cooking and is always on the lookout for new vegetarian recipes to experiment with. Dr. Krishnan also sits on the board of Taarika Foundation, a Bay Area non-profit working to raise awareness about mental health issues in children and adolescents.
Dr. Denise Pope

Founder of Challenge Success & Senior Lecturer Stanford Graduate School of Education

Dr. Pope specializes in curriculum studies, service learning, student engagement, school reform, and qualitative research methods. She is particularly interested in student voices and the students' perspectives of school. She focuses on academic stress and its consequences for students' mental and physical health, engagement with learning, and integrity.She co-founded Challenge Success to partner with schools and families to implement research-based strategies for student well-being and engagement. She is the author of "Doing School": How We Are Creating a Generation of Stressed Out, Materialistic, and Miseducated Students (Yale University Press, 2001), which was awarded Notable Book in Education by the American School Board Journal, 2001. She is co-author of Overloaded and Underprepared: Strategies for Stronger Schools and Healthy, Successful Kids (Wiley, 2015). Dr. Pope co-hosts the podcast "School's In" on Sirius XM radio.
Kristen Sze headshot
Kristen Sze

Breakfast Panel Moderator
News Anchor at ABC7 News Bay Area,
Emmy Award Winner
Kristen Sze has been with ABC7 News since 1998. She currently anchors ABC7 News at 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays. Her reports can be seen on ABC7 News at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.

Voted 'Best News Anchor' in 2011 by San Francisco BayList, Sze also won Emmy Awards in 1999 and 2002.

Sze graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of California at Berkeley. She is member of the Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society. A scholarship from the Asian American Journalists Association enabled Sze to study at Oxford University in England.

Kristen Sze also volunteers with a number of community organizations as emcee, mentor or advisory board member. She works most closely with Kids and Art Foundation, Help a Mother Out, My New Red Shoes, Wender-Weis Foundation for Children and the Professional Businesswomen's Conference.

Event Information

For more information call 650.617.3857 or email Jen Bugnatto at jbugnatto@chconline.org

Children’s Health Council is approved by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt organization, and all donations are tax deductible to the full extent provided by law.

Children’s Health Council’s Federal Tax Identification Number (EIN) is 94-1312311