Mensa Foundation Colloquium
Giftedness Across the Lifespan: The Talent and Potential of Neurodiversity

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Whether via livestream or in-person, we invite you to the 2023 Mensa Foundation Annual Colloquium in Baltimore on July 4. This year, the Colloquium focuses its topic on The Talent and Potential of Neurodiversity. We aim to assemble a panel of renowned advocates from the neurodiversity movement and expert researchers within the fields of intelligence and giftedness, ecology, neuroscience, and neuropsychology.

You’ll join the panel as it blends hard science with personal anecdotes that deconstruct the unconventional mind's intellectual abilities. You’ll also consider the different frameworks of the neurodiversity movement. You’ll leave with a greater appreciation for the uniqueness of the human experience and its connection to the brain.

With your support, the Mensa Foundation is committed to broadening the understanding of intelligence and giftedness while we continue to unleash intelligence for the benefit of humanity.

Registration Rates

Registration for the in-person event is $139; registration to attend via livestream is $99.

Both registration options include a full day of learning from and connecting with leading global experts in their fields, a live panel discussion and Q&A session, and access to a private online community just for Colloquium registrants. In-person registration also includes the opportunity for face-to-face networking with attendees who share your interests and a plated lunch and refreshments throughout the day.

Colloquium 2023 Speakers

Shawn Anthony Robinson, Ph.D.
Social entrepreneur

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Shawn Anthony Robinson is a social entrepreneur, co-founder of the award-winning graphic novel Doctor Dyslexia Dude, and serves on the advisory council of Benetech. Robinson graduated from high school (New Trier) reading at an elementary level, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) with a Bachelor of Science in Human Services, a Master’s in Education from DePaul University, and a Ph.D. in Language and Literacy from Cardinal Stritch University.

Dr. Robinson has over 40 publications and has received several distinguished honors throughout his early career, including the 2017 Alumni Achievement Award/New Trier High School Alumni Hall of Honor, the 2016 Outstanding Young Alumni Award from UWO, and the 2005 “Educator of the Year” from All-State Insurance (Chicago). He is a Life Member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity.

Nicole Tetreault, Ph.D.
Neuroscientist, author, and meditation teacher

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Nicole Tetreault is a compassionate neuroscientist, author, meditation teacher, and international speaker on topics of neurodiversity, neurodevelopment, creativity, mental health, and wellness. Her book Insight into a Bright Mind explores groundbreaking research examining the experiences of unique, creative, and intense brains through interviews, storytelling, and literary science, while advocating for new directions of human diversity and neurodiversity.

Dr. Tetreault received her Ph.D. from California Institute of Technology (Caltech) in biology specializing in neurodevelopment and neurodegenerative disorders. As the founder of Awesome Neuroscience, she translates the most promising neuroscience and positive psychology for people to live their best life, and she has authored numerous academic papers on intelligence, autism, brain evolution, neuroinflammation, and behavior. Dr. Tetreault is a professor at Bridges Graduate School of Cognitive Diversity in Education and teaches the complexities of neurodiversity, meditation, and neuroscience.

Dr. Tetreault leads a new generation of meditation practices by fusing novel discoveries in neuroscience with the ancient lineage of Asian meditation. A recipient of the Milton Career Exploration Prize from Caltech, she founded the novel non-profit Beyond the Cell, a transformative program to rehabilitate incarcerated women through guided meditation, neuroscience, literature, and expressive writing.