StayLit reminds all of us—
our educators, parents, and communities—that we're #BraverTogether.

January 30, 2021

This day is designed to hold the hearts of our communities as we step into 2021.

We’re on the heels of one of our most disconnected years. This means that we need to remind ourselves—and each other—that we can’t tell our children how to be brave, we have to show them.

It’s a day for educators, parents, caregivers, grandmas, and aunties. It’s for anyone who owns a kid, teaches a kid, or loves a kid.

We will talk all things trauma, mental health, joy, and staying connected with our teachers and each other as we come together, braver than ever, to walk one another home.

This event will be hosted on a virtual platform, in an effort to create a braver movement of connection and inspiration across this globe.

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our hosts

Dr. Jody Carrington

Speaker. Author. Gamechanger.

Our beloved Doc, will open StayLit 2021 by sparking joy with a little laughter, and some kick-ass motivation. She’ll talk about what we’re up against as communities who have just walked through a global pandemic, and why relationships become that much harder when we are scared.

Jesse Lipscombe

Actor. Entrepreneur. Activist.

We are thrilled to welcome back to the stage, Jesse Lipscombe, as our incredible host. Jesse is an advocate, actor, musician, father, and all-around soul-lighting force, who will once again guide us through all things brave throughout this powerful day.

our line-up

Jesse Thistle

Indigenous Rights Activist. Best-selling Author. Assistant Professor of Metis Studies.

The amazing, best selling Indigenous author of From the Ashes will share his story—the most incredible tale of resiliency, loss, and how bravery is found in connection.

Jesse Thistle is a Métis-Cree Ph.D. Candidate in the History program and Assistant Professor at York University, Toronto. Jesse’s work involves reflections on his own previous struggles with addiction and homelessness and has been recognized as having a wide impact on both the scholarly community and the greater public.

Shelley Moore

Educator. Researcher. Diversity and Inclusion Activist.

Educators—you asked for the best and we brought it. Shelley Moore is a highly sought-after teacher, researcher, speaker, and storyteller who has worked with school districts and organizations around the world. She advocates for inclusion for all students and supports communities to shift towards more equitable structures and practices specifically designed for students with disabilities.

Her first book, One Without the Other, was released in July 2016 to follow up her TEDx talk.

George Couros

Learner. Innovator. Author.

George Couros is a worldwide leader in the area of innovation and has a focus on innovation as a human endeavour. His belief that meaningful change happens when you first connect to people’s hearts, is modelled in his writing and speaking. He has worked with all school levels as a teacher, technology facilitator, and school and district administrator

He is the author of The Innovator’s Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity and Innovate Inside the Box.

Laurie McIntosh

Kindergarten Teacher. Author. Kindness Aficionado.

Laurie is a mama to three, wife of one, and kindergarten teacher to many. She thrives on creating a culture of kindness in the classroom, fostering community collaborations with those who believe in the power of connection, and building relationships with learners and their families in unique ways. Laurie is forever grateful for not 1 but 2 appearances as a guest on The Ellen Show in Season 12, where she was recognized for her teaching, and incorporating Ellen’s “be kind to one another” motto.

Laurie and Jody are currently co-authoring Teachers These Days, which will give you the best of what teachers have taught us (set to launch in spring 2021.)

Jessica Janzen + Ronnie Olstad

Entrepreneur. Speaker. Joy Starter. **Drum roll please…we will wrap up the day with one of the most incredible, insightful motivating mamas I know, the incredible Jessica Janzen (Olstad), who will take the stage with her powerhouse husband, Ronnie Olstad. Together they will talk about how connecting to and advocating for communities is at the heart of all things brave. Jessica is the author of Bring the Joy, a book of inspiring stories and refreshing honesty, that will challenge you to start looking for ways to bring more joy to your life and the lives around you.

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