The SPEAK Series


Speakers for Parents Educators And Kids

Louisville Collegiate School offers free community talks for the general public through the SPEAK series. The goal of SPEAK is to build the well-being of our community by offering a forum for conversation on current educational, health, wellness, artistic, social, psychological, technological, and economic topics that are relevant to our time. For several decades, local, regional, and national thought leaders have delivered talks and workshops at Collegiate.

Dave Mochel at Collegiate, Tuesday, November 13

Coping Strategies to Combat Stress & Anxiety and Improve Well-Being

Tuesday, November 13, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Open to the Community
Thornton Dining Commons

Dr. Steven Jones at Collegiate, Tentative Date: Monday, January 7

Cultural Competence & Inclusion

Monday, January 7, 7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Open to the Community
Thornton Dining Commons

Shelly Sowell at Collegiate, Tuesday, March 26

Social & Emotional Impacts of the Digital World in Which We Live

Tuesday, March 26, 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Open to the Community
Thornton Dining Commons

Dave Mochel

For over thirty years, Dave Mochel has been focused on the foundations of wellbeing, healthy communities, and leadership. After a twenty-year career teaching human development and neuroscience in independent schools, he founded Applied Attention to help individuals, teams, and organizations focus their attention and energy where it will make the greatest positive difference. Using principles drawn from modern scientific research and enduring wisdom, he had the opportunity to work with leaders, educators, executives, parents, students, and athletes all over the world. Dave draw upon my degrees in biology from Williams College, a Master’s in Humanistic and Multicultural Education from SUNY New Paltz, and a clinical internship in Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR) at the University of Massachusetts Medical Center.

Dave’s work with people represents what he has learned over the last twenty-five years in the fields of well-being, neuroscience, performance, and group dynamics. The principles and practices he teaches have been distilled and synthesized from thousands of years of enduring wisdom, thousands of scientific studies, and thousands of conversations with colleagues, students, friends, and clients.

Applied Attention is a mindfulness consulting company that partners with businesses, schools, and individuals to bridge the gap between what matters most and how time and energy are used. The goal is to teach people how to consistently refocus on what is present, what is important, and what is effective. This simple and powerful practice builds the fundamental skills necessary to embrace challenge, learn from others, and thrive in any circumstance. The result for individuals is greater engagement, flexibility, and resilience. Within teams and organizations, this practice creates powerfully positive and purposeful cultures.


Watch Dave’s Ted Talk:

Dr. Steven Jones

Nationally known as one of “America’s Top Experts on Diversity” (Diversity, Inc., 2005), Dr. Jones’ philosophy is to lead with listening to support clients in finding a strategy and solution that works for them.

Dr. Jones has been heralded as a dynamic keynote speaker, transformational facilitator, phenomenal organization effectiveness consultant, and innovative executive. He holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science, a master’s in Multicultural Counseling, and a Ph.D. in Industrial/ Organizational Psychology. He is the author of Journey to Excellence, a transformational book helping people define and achieve excellence in their lives.

Dr. Jones founded Jones & Associates in 1993 in order to build a firm committed to making a widespread positive impact in the world in the area of diversity, inclusion, and organizational excellence. The company’s team of certified Jones & Associates consultants provide diversity, inclusion, organizational change and organizational development services to corporations, educational institutions, government agencies and non-profit organizations.

While Dr. Jones currently serves as a National Diversity Advisor to corporations like Sempra Energy and Honda, he also places a significant amount of his focus working with Colleges, Universities, Independent and Public Schools to further their mission to become more diverse and inclusive at all levels.

In the global arena, while he was studying business practices in Chang Mai, Thailand, Dr. Jones became the first person of African descent to be ordained as a Buddhist Monk at a 700 year old monastery called Wat Umong.

Dr. Jones is sought after by leaders seeking to make real change as they prepare their organizations to step into the 21st Century. He brings over 22 years of experience helping individuals and institutions throughout the country move beyond talk to action.


Shelly Sowell

Shelly Sowell works as a Licensed Professional Clinical Counselor and Education Consultant. She moved to Louisville from California and opened a wellness business in Crescent Hill serving individuals, families, schools and community programs.

Shelly holds a License in Mental Health Counseling in the state of Florida, a License in Professional Clinical Counseling in the state of Kentucky, and is a National Certified Counselor. She attended graduate school at Vanderbilt University Peabody School of Education and trained at Vanderbilt University Psychological Counseling Center in Nashville, Tennessee.

She has worked with community agencies, public and private schools, non-profits for underprivileged families, colleges and universities, and an eating disorder residential treatment center. Shelly is passionate about working with school communities and has been teaching Mindfulness-Based Life Skills to students, training faculty in mindfulness and inner resilience practices, and creating programs for parents since 2007.

Shelly has created wellness businesses in Miami, Florida, Los Angeles, California, and Louisville, Kentucky. Recently, Shelly is a founding partner of the Center for Integrative Learning and Teaching in Nashville, Tennessee. CILT Nashville serves as a regional hub for providing mindfulness-based trainings for educators and designing programs for schools, universities and community programs that serve youth.


Thank you to the SPEAK planning committee and the Parents Association for your support.

Questions about SPEAK? Contact Associate Head of School, Tracie Catlett,