Educator and sought-after speaker, Roma Khetarpal is the founder and CEO of Tools of Growth, through which she helps parents raise kids to “Be Happy, Think Positive, and Do Good,” and the author of The “Perfect” Parent: 5 Tools for Using Your Inner Perfection to Connect with Your Kids. With mindful parenting classes, education in schools, community and social media outreach, articles, reviews, and blog posts, Tools of Growth provides parents and adults caring for children with simple, easy-to-remember, and effective communication tools that can help them build a strong foundation and relationship with children. By synthesizing the themes and concepts of the personal growth and emotional intelligence fields, along with cutting-edge scientific research, Khetarpal delivers her message in an accessible, reassuring, and personally empowering way.
Out of the book, Khetarpal has developed groundbreaking workshops for staff caring for children during recess and before and after school. The Mindful Play Leaders’ Lead to Succeed Program is the first district-wide program of its kind in the country, and it can be customized for the needs of specific schools or districts. Over 40,000 children have been impacted by Tools of Growth mindfulness programs.
She is a member of the Board of Directors for the Santa Clarita Valley Education Foundation—an organization providing support, programs, and leadership for K-12 public school education—and is also an Executive Board Member of the Philanthropic Society Los Angeles, which raises funds for Children’s Institute, Inc. In addition, Khetarpal serves on the Board of Directors at AM-Touch Dental, where she was vice president of sales and marketing for twenty years before founding Tools of Growth, and where she currently holds quarterly corporate culture workshops.
She lives in the Los Angeles area with her husband, Harry. They are the proud parents of two adult children, Nitasha and Navin. Khetarpal enjoys reading, swimming, dancing, cooking, traveling, sunsets and sunrises, oceans, and nature. She is currently working on her second book and a line of children’s products that will promote self-understanding and emotional intelligence.
Dr. Julie Watson
Dr. Julie Watson is the co-founder of Tools of Growth. Her creativity and extensive background in developmental psychology brings tremendous value to the TOG tools and tips for parents as well as the line of children’s products that are currently in development.
With a Ph.D. in developmental psychology, Julie has conducted research both in the U.S. and internationally in a variety of areas involving children (particularly preschoolers), including television, computers, Internet, and consumer products.
Before her work with Tools of Growth, Julie helped to develop and grow Disney Channel’s Playhouse Disney brand testing individual television programs and contributing to the channel’s Whole Child Curriculum.
Julie has worked as an independent research and brand strategy consultant since 2001 for clients that in addition to Disney, include HIT Entertainment, Sesame Workshop, and Scholastic. She is currently working at Kidaptive, an innovative education and technology company dedicated to smart storytelling on iPads. As part of the Learning Team, Julie helps develop and implement curriculum in order to create entertaining and adaptive content that helps children learn.
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