Speaking Engagements

The Avielle Foundation is happy to come and educate your community about the science of violence and compassion with a lecture or a training program. For a description of our typical talk and speaker bio for Dr. Jeremy Richman Click here. We are committed to engaging any audience and will create a unique and focused talk based on the audience. For more information, to check our availability, and to book a talk please contact Scott at [email protected].



Check out what folks have said of our talks —

“Thank you for coming to the Clinton School [of Public Service] to speak and for everything you and Jennifer are doing…It’s a great way to honor your daughter. I’m very grateful for all you’re doing.“ – President Bill Clinton

“Much to the delight of thousands of professional counselors, Dr. Jeremy Richman presented a truly engaging, powerful, and inspiring keynote address at the American Counseling Association Conference in Montreal. What a privilege it was to meet Dr. Richman as he shared his work on brain health and discussed the amazing power of compassion to mitigate violent behaviors! My focus as ACA President has been on social action advocacy around the issues of bullying and interpersonal violence. Dr. Richman’s presentation and his moving testimony, with a message that reframes mental illness into brain health, was refreshing and empowering for professional counselors everywhere. Incidences of bullying and interpersonal violence happen far too often in our world and I so appreciate Dr. Richman’s commitment to the kind of research and education that can literally save lives.” – Thelma Duffey, Ph.D., President, American Counseling Association – Professor and Chair, The University of Texas at San Antonio

“Jeremy was beyond a success — he completely enraptured the entire audience, all of whom wanted more.” – Melanie Greenberg, President and CEO – Alliance for PeacebuildingU.S. Institute of Peace, Next Gen Peace, Washington, D.C.

“You can’t attend Jeremy’s talk about violence and compassion without coming away with a renewed sense of purpose. He is an amazingly positive and energetic speaker with a compelling story to tell about the causes of violence in our society— all backed up by scientific studies and data. As a father and scientist personally touched by a violent act, he tackles the topic of combating violence in an unexpected way, by focusing instead on teaching compassion and removing the stigma around mental health, by re-framing it as ‘brain health’.” – Kathleen L. Gould, Ph.D.; Director, Vanderbilt International Scholar Program – Vanderbilt University School of MedicineVanderbilt, Flexner Lecture, Nashville, TN

“I admire and respect Jeremy as a parent, scientist, and as an advocate for children. I have been in the business for 40 years and I put Dr. Richman to the front of the line regarding message and impact…….a rare combination of intelligence and common sense coupled with a complete understanding of best practice and the problem of practice….refreshing and inspirational!” – Dr. Joseph V. Erardi, Jr., Superintendent of SchoolsNewtown, CT Public Schools

“Jeremy brought a message that appealed to the broad audience represented in our Student Health Services and Counseling and Mental Health Services staff. Certainly folks appreciated his research and embedding his message within the data. But in meetings that followed staff regularly returned to his heartfelt messages – most especially the importance of communication and community, of not making assumptions of others and showing compassion. Jeremy’s work and his ability to turn toward love and a commitment to violence prevention is an inspiration, and our staff have commented that this was the ‘best opening meeting we’ve ever had’.” – Elizabeth J. Cracco, Ph.D. Director, Counseling and Mental Health Services, University of Connecticut

“We were honored to have Dr. Jeremy Richman as our keynote speaker at our conference…His reframing of “mental illness” to “brain health” is a powerful, positive shift in thinking- a true leap forward in the social consciousness of understanding the brain and behavior. Because he brings together the neuroscience background with his very personal mission to build awareness, his presentation was powerful on many levels. Moreover, his style is highly accessible for both academic and practitioner audiences. I received very positive feedback—for weeks afterward— from impressed audience members on how his talk fundamentally changed the conversation to “brain health” in a way that pushes us all to look forward for different interventions. “ – Dr. Jennifer M. Balboni, Ph.D., Co-Director, Master of Arts in Criminal Justice Program, Curry College, Milton, MA

“Jeremy Richman is an anomaly. Aside from being wonderfully engaging, super informative, intelligent, and incredibly inspiring given his innovations in brain health research (and yes, his audiences can understand him!), he absolutely lives up to his own mantra: “You Can Imagine…” by promoting and fostering empathy, compassion, and deep connectivity within communities through the fascinating lens of neuroscience. Bottom line, Jeremy is bent on making the world a safer and more compassionate place.” – Lee Keylock, Director of Programs, Narrative 4 – Keynote N4 2015 Global Summit

“Jeremy’s talk was awesome… I thought his perspective was wonderful.” – Victoria Magers, CouncilorMississippi Counseling Association

“I, personally, enjoyed Dr. Richman’s presentation and have heard nothing but rave reviews from our board of directors and meeting attendees.” – Jeanine Santelli, Executive Director – ANANew York Nurses Association

“Dr. Richman’s talk on Saturday was fantastic!” – Yvette Saliba, 9th Annual Counseling Conference – Leaning into Loss: Developing Strategies for Hope and Thriving, College of Education and Human Performance – University of Central Florida

“I wanted to send this note to say your presentation on Brain Science was tremendously well received by the nurses who attended the Workplace Violence Program. The specific program evaluations and general response to the information you shared in your presentation at our seminar was amazing. The nurses stated they could have listened to you for hours and have requested you to return and participate in a future educational program for the Massachusetts Nurses Association. Thank you!” — Chris Pontus Massachusetts Nurses Association