Mary Gordon


Mary Gordon is recognized internationally as an

award-winning social entrepreneur, educator,

author, child advocate and parenting expert who

has  created programs informed by the power of empathy.

Booking Mary Gordon

If you would like to book Mary for a virtual presentation now, or an in-person presentation at a later date, contact Ivonne Guerra, President’s Office,

You can follow Mary on Twitter @MaryGordonROE and on LinkedIn. And Roots of Empathy on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn – @RootsofEmpathy

Here are Mary Gordon’s most recent speaking engagements:


Collision Conference Panel: “Decode Empathy Education” Live Stream – June 24, 2020

Law and Justice Podcast – “How to talk policy and influence people”: a Law and Justice interview with Mary Gordon – Cork, Ireland – June 17, 2020

Third Space Thoughts to Policy Podcast – “Episode 30 – How Empathy Can Break Cycles of Violence with Ms. Mary Gordon, President and Founder of Roots of Empathy.” – Virginia, USA – June 16, 2020

Ashoka Romania Online Panel – “Empathy to tackle the New Inequality” May 18, 2020

Empathy Museum Panel: “A Mile in My Shoes” Live Stream – Cologne, Germany – May 14, 2020

ECEBC‘s (Early Childhood Educators of BC) 49th Annual Conference – Richmond, BC – CANCELLED
May 1 – Mary Gordon delivers a keynote presentation

Cambridge University Leadership Dinner – Cambridge, UK – CANCELLED
April 16 – 
Mary Gordon will speak followed by college dinner

2020 Discovery Museum Speaker Series – Ottoson Middle School – Arlington, Massachusetts
February 27 – Mary Gordon presented her talk “Childhood is the springtime of humanity”

Leadership Committee for English Education in Québec (LCEEQ) conference – Montreal, QC
February 11 – Mary Gordon presented a keynote titled “Teaching is Reaching” as well as a workshop and closing plenary

Digital-Life-Design Conference – Munich, Germany
January 18
– Mary Gordon joined a panel discussion at the (Invitation only) technology conference called “Is Human Touch at Risk in the Digital Age?”

Responding to Canada’s Urgent Challenges – Toronto, ON
January 15th – 
Mary Gordon was invited to join a panel of social entrepreneurs, moderated by Anna Maria Tremonti – Mars Discovery District


Time to Open the Future 9th Forum “Education to Save People” conferenceKorean Teachers’ Credit Union – Seoul, Republic of Korea
November 28th – Mary Gordon shares research on the success of her international bullying prevention program

Samuel Center for Social Connectedness 2019 Global Symposium – Re-imagining Community in the 21st CenturyEvergreen Brickworks – Toronto, ON
October 27th-30th – Mary Gordon joins a panel discussion at 8:00 am on October 29th called: What do we value? Towards Human-Centered Policy Making

Nurturing Empathy in Young Children – Parent & Professional Resource Centre, Lambton College
October 24 –
Mary Gordon speaks 6:30-8:30 at the Quality Inn, 751 Christina Street South, Sarnia, ON

Nourishing the Roots of Empathy: Towards a Non-Violent Aotearoa/New Zealand Art For Change Fundraising Exhibition – Auckland, New Zealand
September 21 – an event in support of Roots of Empathy, Mary Gordon will be there

Viewing the classroom climate through the lens of attachment-aware and trauma-informed teaching
August 29 –
Mary Gordon presents 10:30 am – 12:00 pm at Prairie Mountain School, 5305 Royal Ave, Eugene, Oregon

Science of Human Connection – Project for the Advancement of our Common Humanity (PACH)
June 19 – 
Mary, who contributed a chapter to the book by PACH called “The Crisis of Connection” – joins a panel discussion at the Carey Institute for Global Good – Rensselaerville, NY

Spirit of Humanity Forum – Discovering Harmony in a World of Difference – Spiritual Resilience in Practice – Reykjavik, Iceland
May 31 – Mary participates in a panel discussion “Harmony in Ourselves and in Our Communities”

2019 Roots of Empathy Symposium
May 16 – 17 
– Mary hosts the 8th annual Roots of Empathy Symposium at the Globe and Mail Centre – with thanks to our sponsor Nivea and our media sponsor The Globe and Mail – Toronto, Canada

2019 Spring Inspiration Breakfast
Apr. 25
 – Mary was the keynote speaker at the MetroWest Foundation’s Spring Inspiration Breakfast: a celebration of youth and family philanthropy – Wellesley, MA

Inspiring Early Learning Conference
April 13
– Mary was the keynote speaker on “Slowing down to connect” at Fleming College – Peterborough, ON

Vanier Institute Families in Canada Conference
March 28 – Mary joined a panel titled “Little Data Through a Family Lens” and discusses the ways in which we measure empathy and love and their impact on our understanding of families – Ottawa, ON

What About the Children Conference 
March 20 – Mary provided a keynote on infant mental health – London, UK

Beyond Boundaries and Borders: Expanding Possibilities for the Future of Higher Education
February 21-23
– San Diego, CA

Educating with Empathy Conference, Learning & the Brain
February 15-17 – San Francisco, CA

Learnit – The World’s Event for Learning
January 24-25 – London, UK