Video: Missed It? Watch Interview with Carolyn Carpeneti and Taking Flight: Mastering Executive Function

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What should we do when our children struggle academically? Should we let them fail so they’ll learn from their mistakes and do better next time? Perhaps. But what if they lack the organizational tools to succeed?

Carolyn Carpeneti’s son had effectively coped with learning differences through high school and was accepted into the university of his dreams. Only weeks into his freshman year, Carpeneti was stunned to discover that her son was flunking. The problem, it turned out, was not lack of intelligence, interest, or motivation but weak executive function—the ability to plan, organize, manage time, initiate action, and achieve goals, a skill set that often does not develop in the human brain until the late teens and midtwenties.

Executive function is not a form of intelligence but a way in which people demonstrate intelligence. Is weak executive function one reason why 25% to 30% of college freshmen don’t return a second year, or why only 56% of college students graduate within five years? Is weak executive function derailing the confidence and careers of thousands of talented young adults?

Taking Flight chronicles how a mother created a system that rerouted her son from early failure onto a path of success. In the process, she journeyed deep into the silent epidemic of weak or delayed executive function and uncovered a link between traditional education and the inability of kids to thrive and perform at their best. The hard-won, practical solutions Carpeneti embraced, many of her own devising, are shared in Taking Flight so that other parents can move beyond confusion and frustration to help their struggling loved ones unlock their dreams and potential.

Meet the Author

IMG_6085prvExecutive career coach, entrepreneur, business leader, speaker and author CAROLYN CARPENETI is the founder and CEO of CoPilot Systems, a unique company specializing in the development of planning and organizational skills for high school and college age students. Carpeneti created Co-Pilot for her own son who, after being accepted to the college of his dreams, found himself flunking every class just 8 weeks into his freshman year.

Before the 2014 launch of CoPilot, Carpeneti ran an executive search and coaching business specializing in placing and coaching C-level executives and VPs of rapidly growing consumer businesses, including many Fortune 500 companies.  Earlier in her career, she founded Carolyn Carpeneti & Company, a firm specializing in fundraising, event planning and public relations for high-profile events and organizations. Carpeneti created the annual San Francisco Summit for Women, and has worked with speakers such Oprah Winfrey, Suzie Orman and Madeleine Albright.

Carpeneti’s personal experiences with her son’s education inspired her to write her debut book Taking Flight: Mastering Executive Function (April 2016), which explores the silent epidemic of weak and delayed executive function and the impact it has on children, families and the education industry. Taking Flight explores Carpeneti’s journey and uncovers the growing gap between traditional education and its failure to help kids thrive, succeed and perform at their best.

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