Programs + Events

Speakers, Activities and Contests

Convention attendees will hear from exciting and powerful speakers and special guests during each action-packed general meeting. And don’t forget to take part in our fun and educational activities, challenges and contests to get even more out of your convention experience!


Leslie Boggs National PTA presidentLeslie Boggs, National PTA President

Scheduled to speak during the second General Meeting on Friday

Leslie Boggs is the 56th president of National PTA. A leadership development expert from Odessa, Texas, Boggs has over 20 years of leadership experience at all levels of PTA. Previously, she served as National PTA president-elect and chair of several national committees. At the state level, Boggs served as president of Texas PTA from 2014-2016, and was president of New Mexico PTA from 2003-2005. A mother of three and a grandmother of four, Boggs is a dedicated and passionate advocate for children and their right to receive a quality public education no matter their demographics, ethnicity or household income.

Julie Lythcott-Haims, Author and Activist

Scheduled to speak during the second General Meeting on Friday

Julie Lythcott-Haims is the New York Times bestselling author of the anti-helicopter parenting manifesto How to Raise an Adult, which gave rise to a TED Talk that has more than 5 million views. Her second book is the critically-acclaimed and award-winning prose poetry memoir Real American, which illustrates her experience as a Black and biracial person in white spaces. Julie’s current book, Your Turn: How to Be an Adult, offers compassion, personal experience, and practical strategies for living a more authentic adulthood. Julie is a former corporate lawyer and Stanford dean, and she holds a B.A. from Stanford, a J.D. from Harvard, and an MFA in Writing from California College of the Arts. She serves on the board of Common Sense Media, and on the advisory board of, and she is a former board member at Foundation for a College Education, Global Citizen Year, The Writers Grotto, and Challenge Success. She volunteers with the hospital program No One Dies Alone. She lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with her partner of over 30 years, their three adult children, and her mother.

Keisa Brown, 2021 California Teacher of the Year

Scheduled to speak during the third General Meeting on Saturday

Keisa Brown is a seventh- and eighth-grade Introduction to Spanish and AVID 8 teacher at University Heights Middle School in the Riverside Unified School District, Riverside County, where she started working over 20 years ago as an Americorps tutor. She also manages Club Live, a group dedicated to educating students about the dangers of drug and alcohol, and coordinates college and career awareness events on campus.

Governor Gavin Newsom

Invited to speak during the first General Meeting on Thursday

governor gavin newsomGavin Newsom has served as California’s 40th governor since January 2019. Before assuming statewide office, he spent 15 years in local government, starting in the San Francisco Parking and Traffic Commission, then moving to the San Francisco Board of Supervisors, the mayor’s office, and the lieutenant governor’s office. His top priorities for his administration are tackling our state’s affordability crisis, creating inclusive economic growth and opportunity for every child, and standing up for California values — from civil rights, to immigration, environmental protection, access to quality schools at all levels, and justice.


“Speed” networking

Meet dozens of fellow attendees during the 30 minutes before each General Meeting during our “speed” networking sessions. Every 5-10 minutes you’ll be rotated into a new breakout room with a maximum of four people, where you can chat, share experiences, and talk about things that have helped your PTA be successful over the past year. Check the master agenda in Whova for details on how to join.

Virtual meet-ups

These topic-based meetings of up to 30 participants will last 30 to 60 minutes, and each will cover a different subject. Planned topics include PTA elected positions, legislative issues, and more. Check the Community Board in Whova for details on how to participate. (Please note: there will be two meet-ups exclusively in Spanish.)

Reflections Art Gallery

From May 3rd thru May 16th attendees can visit the Reflections Art Gallery in the virtual Exhibit Hall and view state submissions in all categories. You’ll also have opportunities to meet some of the artists during virtual meetings. Please consult the schedule in Whova to see available dates and times for artist meetings.


All members are invited to participate in the following convention challenges, even if you’re not attending convention. To participate as a non-attendee, email the names of our convention sponsors, along with your name and address, to

General Meeting Prize Giveaway

We’re giving away one Chromebook at each of the three General Meetings to a randomly-selected participant.

Community Leaderboard Contest

Earn points based on your participation in and interaction with the community board. Points can be earned by taking a survey, responding to a poll, giving session feedback, adding a topic or social group, and more. Prizes: A chance to win one of five $35 Farm Fresh to You gift cards or one of three Chromebooks.

Photo Contest

Upload photos to events through the Whova app to be entered into the contest. The photo (or photos) with the most likes will be the winner! Prizes: A chance to win one of five $35 Farm Fresh to You gift cards.

Caption Contest

Upload photos and write captions on all photos on the Whova app to be entered into the contest. Prizes: A chance to win one of five $35 Farm Fresh to You Gift Cards.

Passport Challenge

Collect stamps by claiming deals & offerings, posting comments, and liking booths in the virtual exhibit hall. You must collect all Sponsor and Premium Exhibitor stamps to be entered into the challenge. Prizes: A chance to win one of 10 $35 Farm Fresh to You Gift Cards, and other prizes, including one of three Chromebooks.