Paul Tough

Writer & Speaker


Paul speaks on a number of topics, including education, child development, parenting, and community-building. For questions about lectures and speaking engagements, please contact Charles Yao, Director of Speakers at the Lavin Agency, at For more information, please visit the Lavin Agency’s speaker’s page for Paul.


Sep 12 2019

Philadelphia, PA

Time: 7:30pm

The Years That Matter Most at the Philadelphia Free Library

Paul will discuss The Years That Matter Most in the Montgomery Auditorium of the Parkway Central Library at 1901 Vine Street. Book signing to follow. More Information >

Jul 9 2018

Philadelphia, PA

Time: 7:30pm

Keynote at 2018 Entrepreneurial Teacher Summit

Paul will discuss Helping Children Succeed in a speech at the inaugural Entrepreneurial Teacher Summit hosted by the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship, at the Loews Philadelphia Hotel. More Information >

Dec 3 2015

Pittsburgh, PA

Time: 9:00am

Speech at United for Children Launch Event

Paul will discuss How Children Succeed in a speech at the United for Children launch event, presented by United Way of Allegheny County. The event will be held in the William Pitt Union at the University of Pittsburgh. More Information >

Dec 9 2013

Mercersburg, PA

Time: 7:00pm

Mercersburg Academy lecture

Paul will deliver the Class of ’48 Lecture in the Simon Theatre at Mercersburg Academy, 300 East Seminary Street. More Information >

Nov 1 2013

Philadelphia, PA

Time: 1:30pm

Gesu School Keynote Speech

Paul will discuss How Children Succeed as a keynote speaker at Gesu School’s 16th Annual Symposium on Transforming Inner-City Education. The Symposium will take place in the school’s Sherrerd Gymnasium at 1700 West Thompson Street. More Information (and to register) >

Sep 19 2013

Latrobe, PA

Time: 7:30pm

Speech at Saint Vincent College

Paul will discuss How Children Succeed in the Fred M. Rogers Center on the campus of Saint Vincent College. The lecture, which is part of the college’s Threshold Series, is in celebration of the tenth anniversary of the Fred Rogers Center for Early Learning and Children’s Media. The speech is free and open to the public, but reservations are required. More Information >

Nov 12 2012

Philadelphia, PA

Time: 8:00am

Panel Discussion with Dave Levin and Angela Duckworth

Paul will discuss How Children Succeed with Dave Levin of KIPP and Angela Duckworth of the University of Pennsylvania at a breakfast panel discussion at the Union League, 140 South Broad Street. Sponsored by KIPP Philadelphia. More Information >

Sep 7 2012

Philadelphia, PA

Time: 4:00pm

Conversation with Angela Duckworth at University of Pennsylvania Campus Bookstore

Paul will discuss How Children Succeed at the U Penn Bookstore at 3601 Walnut Street. He will be joined by Angela Duckworth, whose work features prominently in the book. Duckworth is an assistant professor of psychology at Penn and a leading authority on grit and self-control. Book signing to follow. More Information  and >