Save the Date for the 2018 Annual Luncheon!

Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Featuring Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D.


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DrSaxPhysician * Psychologist * Author

Leonard Sax, M.D., Ph.D., has visited more than 380 schools and has been meeting with parents’ groups since 2001. He is a renowned speaker on the issues of child development, and has given speeches in the United States, Australia, Bermuda, Canada, England, Germany and more.

Dr. Sax is the author of four books, "Why Gender Matters," "Boys Adrift," "Girls on the Edge" and New York Times best-seller, "The Collapse of Parenting."

Media Appearances
He has appeared on "The Today Show," CNN, NPR, PBS, Fox News, Fox Business, the BBC, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, New Zealand Television and many other media.

Dr. Sax, who attended public schools in Ohio, began his college career at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He earned both his Ph.D. in Psychology and M.D. at the University of Pennsylvania. He lives with his wife and daughter in Pennsylvania.

About the Luncheon

The Joy School Annual Luncheon is a highly anticipated event in the Houston community. The event features distinguished guest speakers who address current topics of interest to both educational professionals and the Houston community at large. Following the Luncheon, the speaker conducts an interactive seminar.

Proceeds from the Luncheon are primarily allocated to The Student Financial Aid Fund, which supports children who would otherwise not have the opportunity to attend The Joy School. Additionally, funds generated from the Luncheon are combined with Annual Fund gifts to help meet the operating needs of the School.

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About the Educator Seminar

We believe helping other educators in the community work effectively with children with learning differences is crucial. The Joy School holds an Educator Seminar in conjunction with The Annual Luncheon, in which the Luncheon guest speaker spends an evening addressing professional educators such as teachers, school administrators, diagnosticians and speech pathologists.

For the 2018 Educator Seminar, Dr. Sax will present:

What Teachers Need to Know About the Emerging Science of Gender Differences

This seminar is generously underwritten and offered to all education professionals in the Houston area at no cost as part of our ongoing community outreach program. Teachers also earn TEA credits by attending the seminar.

2017 Luncheon Sponsors

Presenting Sponsor

Michelle & Alan Smith


George Joseph

Melanie & Scott Rothwell

Leslie & Randy Newcomer/Aimee & Wynne Snoots


Ernst & Young LLP ~ Educator Seminar Sponsor

Genna & Jon Evans

Dee-Dee & Tommy Fibich

The Khurana Family Charitable Fund

Patti Melcher

Invitation Sponsor

Catherine Lappe & Martin Stupel

Video Sponsor

Mrs. Raye G. White

Jeanie Kilroy Wilson

Kathleen & Pat Wood


Marlaine & Ken White ~ Luncheon Seminar Sponsor


Kyle Kirksey/Linda King Allison

Sheryl & Robert Burleson

C N & Maria Papadopoulos Charitable Foundation

Trish & Andrew Hayes

Beth Hearn CFP ~ Decoration Sponsor

Hoeffner Family Foundation

Allison & Stephen Lewis ~ AB Bernstein

Mary & Mark Rothwell

Anna & Bret Scholtes ~ Valet Sponsor

Millette & Haag Sherman

Join this list of generous underwriters by supporting the Luncheon!

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