Speaking Engagements

The next time you need an inspiring speaker, experienced spokesperson, or polished media guest…Call “Doc Pop”

Dr. Michael Popkin has spent the past 35+ years as a leading author and developer of the books and video programs for the parents, teachers, children, and others.

During this time, he has also been a popular keynote speaker and workshop presenter, participating in hundreds of presentations throughout North America as well as various parts of the world. He has served as national spokesperson for the American Camping Association, Xerox Corporation, and the Take Ten: Start Talking So Your Kids Don’t Smoke program. Dr. Popkin is a regular guest expert on CNN and has appeared on hundreds of television and radio shows, including The Oprah Winfrey Show. His insights into children and parenting can be seen in newspaper and magazine articles everywhere.

For more information and to check on Dr. Popkin’s availability for your speaking engagement, contact Dr. Popkin.

Keynote and Workshop Presentations

Dr. Popkin presents the following topics in keynote address or workshop format, or he can customize a presentation especially for your group:

  • Active Parenting for the First Five Years
  • Taming the Spirited Child: Strategies for Parenting Challenging Children without Breaking Their Spirits
  • Character, Discipline, and 7 Smart Things Active Parents Do to Help Their Children Succeed in School…and Beyond
  • Non-violent Discipline Skills That Work
  • Tools of Engagement: Using Mindfulness, Brain Development Activities, and Relationship Development Skills with Your Young Children
  • Active Parenting for Success in the 21st Century
  • Active Parenting of Teens

Media Guest

An informative and lively guest, Dr. Popkin has been interviewed on television, radio, print, and online for 30 years. A regular guest expert on CNN regarding child and parenting issues, he has also appeared on The Oprah Winfrey Show, Montel, and over 100 news shows in every major market in the US. He is frequently quoted in newspaper and magazine articles including The Wall Street Journal, USA Today, Redbook, Parenting, and dozens of local newspapers.

Video sample: Real Parents, Real Answers

Interview with KOCO 5 News

For more information, contact Dr. Popkin.


“Thank you for your assistance in making our first Family Forum a success. All parents in attendance came away with invaluable information for their most important job of parenting.”

Letter from Liz White, Publisher
Atlanta Parent Magazine

“Thank you for coming to Baltimore to speak to the Child Care conference. I heard great things about your presentation.”

Letter from Kurt Schmoke
Mayor of Baltimore, MD

“From the delightful opening to the warmth and humor of the question and answer session, Dr. Popkin’s presentation proved both entertaining and full of rich information.”

Harriette Davis, M.P.H., Director of Health Promotion
Gwinnett Hospital System, Atlanta, GA

“He is wonderful! He has changed the way I handle my kids and the way they behave.”

Jan Will, Mulberry Center
Welborn Baptist Hospital, Evansville, IN

“You were the highlight of the conference. Many people said how much they enjoyed hearing you, and they loved the examples you used.”

Cinda Amen
North Carolina Parenting Institute