Author, Motivational Speaker and Child Advocate Laurie Gray offers key note addresses and workshops on parenting, personal transformation, criminal justice, child abuse, and writing. A former high school teacher and prosecuting attorney, Laurie is the founder of Socratic Parenting LLC and the co-creator of Token of Change, a coin and affirmation magnet designed to help people embrace the change they most desire. Books: Summer Sanctuary (Luminis Books/2010; Moonbeam Gold Medal and 2011 Indiana Best Book Finalist); Maybe I Will (Luminis Books/2013; Moonbeam Bronze Medal), Just Myrto (Luminis Books/2014), and A Simple Guide to Socratic Parenting (Luminis Books/2014).
Price Range: $250 and up
Languages: English, Spanish
What to Expect
Ms. Gray specializes in educational, motivational and inspirational workshops, presentations and keynote addresses.
Laurie Gray is the founder of Socratic Parenting LLC and an award-winning author. Her books include Summer Sanctuary (Luminis Books/May 2010)A homeschooled preacher's kid goes to the library to work on a science project, meets a homeless teen, and convinces her to live secretly in his church for the summer); Maybe I Will (Luminis Books/March 2013-A sexually assaulted teen resists conformity and discovers freedom of self-expression through the physical forms in Taekwondo and the poetic form of Shakespeare’s sonnets); Just Myrto (Luminis Books/May 2014-Marrying Socrates launches Myrto, granddaughter of Aristides the Just, on an empowering journey through Ancient Greek metaphysics to discover the wonder of being Just Myrto), and A Simple Guide to Socratic Parenting (Luminis Books/2014). Laurie works primarily as an author, motivational speaker and consultant. An experienced trial attorney and child advocate, Ms. Gray also works as a bilingual Forensic Interviewer at the Bill Lewis Center for Children conducting interviews in both Spanish and English and as an adjunct professor of criminal sciences at Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech) in Fort Wayne.
Laurie Gray joined the Allen County Prosecutor’s Office in Fort Wayne, Indiana, in 2000 as a full-time Deputy Prosecutor, Felony Sex Crimes division. She completed Sexual Assault Response Team Training and Childhood Trust Forensic Interview Training in March of 2000, and worked extensively with the multidisciplinary team at the Child Advocacy Center in Fort Wayne from its inception. After an extended maternity leave, Ms. Gray returned as part-time deputy prosecutor assigned to the Allen County Drug Court Intervention Program and Juvenile Sex Offenses though April of 2010. As the only local prosecutor who was fluent in Spanish, Ms. Gray worked as an interpreter in a capital murder case and translating documents on multiple extradition cases.
Ms. Gray received her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington in 1993 and began practicing as a civil attorney. Her private practice included personal injury (both plaintiff and insurance defense), workers compensation (both plaintiff and defense), medical malpractice (plaintiff only), labor and employment (defense only), immigration, criminal defense, and Court-Appointed Guardian Ad Litem or Attorney for Parent in numerous CHINS (Child in Need of Services) cases. Ms. Gray has served as an author and lecturer for various Indiana Continuing Legal Education programs and as the co-chair of the Women Lawyers Section of the Allen County Bar Association in 1998. She completed Civil Mediation Training in 2003 and has served as a court-appointed Spanish/English interpreter in both state and federal courts.
Ms. Gray graduated from Goshen College in 1986 with a B.A in Spanish Secondary Education and a minor in English Education. She spent her Junior Year Abroad at the University of Barcelona, Spain, and also completed a Study Service Term in Costa Rica. From 1986 through 1990 Ms. Gray worked as a Spanish Teacher and Foreign Language Chair at Whitko High School in South Whitley, Indiana. She also coached basketball, volleyball and academic teams and spent summers working as an interpreter in Guatemala.
Ms. Gray has served on the faculty at the National Symposium on Child Abuse in Huntsville, Alabama, each spring since 2009. She served on the faculty at the 37th Annual Midwest Writers Workshop at Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. As a published and listed (P.A.L.) member of the Society of Children's Book Writers and Illustrators, Ms. Gray frequently does author visits at schools and libraries. Her Socratic Parenting and Token of Change workshops are both motivational and transformational. She is available for keynote presentations on parenting, writing for young adults, bullying, and other topics arising from her areas of expertise. Ms. Gray especially enjoys creating fresh presentations for specific groups and events.
|Laurie A. Gray, JD||Attorney, Author, Founder of Socratic Parenting LLC|
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