Baylor School Parent Alliance Speakers Series

Sarah Lewis, Author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery

The Rise

Free Public Lecture
Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017
7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.

It is one of the enduring enigmas of the human experience: many of our most iconic, creative endeavors—from Nobel Prize-winning discoveries to entrepreneurial inventions and works in the arts—are not achievements, but conversions, corrections after failed attempts.

The Rise explores the inestimable value of often ignored ideas—the power of surrender for fortitude, the criticality of play for innovation, the importance of grit and creative practice, and the propulsion of the near win on the road to mastery. From one of the most insightful writers of her time, The Rise is true masterwork.


FREE Public Lecture and Q&A

sarah Lewis, Author of The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery

Parents, educators, and innovators will all benefit from this free public lecture:

Tuesday, January 10, 2017
7:00 – 7:45 p.m. , 
Followed by Q&A and opportunity to meet the author in person
Baylor School Chapel 

Sponsored by Baylor School and the Baylor Parent Alliance

About the Author 


Sarah Lewis

Sarah Lewis is a bestselling author, curator, and an Assistant Professor at Harvard University. 

Lewis’s most recent book is The Los Angeles Times bestseller, The Rise: Creativity, the Gift of Failure, and the Search for Mastery (Simon & Schuster), a layered, story-driven investigation of how innovation, discovery, and the creative process are all spurred on by advantages gleaned from improbable foundations. The work has been translated into six languages to date.

Lewis is a frequent speaker at many universities and conferences such as TEDGlobal, SXSW, PopTech, ASCD and for a wide range of organizations from the Aspen Institute to the Getty to The Federal Reserve Bank.

She received her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, a master's in philosophy from Oxford University, and her Ph.D. from Yale University. Before joining the faculty at Harvard, she held curatorial positions at The Museum of Modern Art, New York and the Tate Modern, London. She also served as a Critic at Yale University School of Art. She is a Trustee of Creative Time, The CUNY Graduate Center, the Brearley School, and the Andy Warhol Foundation of the Visual Arts.

She lives in New York City and Cambridge, Mass.

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Join Us for this Free Event
We hope you will join us for a captivating evening with Sarah Lewis, Tuesday Jan. 10,  from 7 p.m. – 7:45 p.m. in the Baylor School Alumni Chapel.  

Driving Directions

We are located at 171 Baylor School Road, Chattanooga, TN 37405

  • From I-75 take I-24 West, or from I-59 take I-24 East
  • Take exit 178 (U.S. 27 North)
  • After crossing the Tennessee River, take the Signal Mountain, U.S. 127 exit
  • Proceed under the overpass, moving to the left turn lane after the second traffic light. The entrance to the campus is located on the left at the third traffic light, directly across from Harry's Citgo convenience store.

About the Parent Alliance Speakers Series

The Baylor Parent Alliance Speakers Series features renowned speakers and authors who present new and challenging ideas that expand our understanding of the world around us. The speakers series is always free and open to the general public. 

Previous speakers include:

2016 Paul Tough - author of How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity, and the Hidden Power of Character, which has been translated into 27 languages and has spent more than a year on the New York Times hardcover and paperback best-seller lists.  

2015: Richard Louv - Journalist and author of eight books, including Last Child in the Woods and The Nature Principle, Louv's books have been translated into 13 languages and published in 17 countries, and helped launch an international movement to connect children and their families to nature.

2014: Wendy Mogel - A clinical psychologist, parenting expert, author of The Blessings of a Skinned Knee and The Blessings of a B-Minus, and international keynote speaker, Mogel's mission is the protection and promotion of self-reliance, resilience, accountability and exuberance in children.

2013: John Medina - In Brain Rules, molecular biologist John Medina shares his lifelong interest in how the brain sciences might influence the way we teach our children and the way we work.