Closing Keynote Speaker

A graduate of Yale University and Stanford Business School, Doreen Oliver’s essays on race, autism and life have been published in the New York Times and Washington Post. For this year’s Summit closing keynote speech, Oliver shares, “Parenting Through Uncertainty: The Triumphs and Challenges of Raising a Child with Autism.” She’ll explore how caring for any child is hard work. Even so much more during a pandemic. And then for a child with autism, the unpredictable condition adds another dimension. How do we as caregivers inspire our children, even when we sometimes question our child’s long-term success?

More About Oliver

Oliver is a writer and performer whose work illuminates the beauty, heartbreak and unpredictability of life, often through the lens of parenting. She also has a critically-acclaimed and award-winning one-woman show about raising a child with autism called “Everything is Fine Until It’s Not.”  Her show broke a record for the fastest sell-out in the New York Fringe Festival’s 20-year history. She’s been awarded fellowships from Hedgebrook, VCCA and the Sustainable Arts Foundation.