Socrates said, KNOW THYSELF.

By asking challenging questions of themselves on a regular basis—especially at the least self-aware period of their lives—children can gain self knowledge and perspective.

The School of Life Project Video Journal is a personal time capsule for children 4-18, made up of annual interviews and video footage that capture children’s views of themselves and their world.

The School of Life Project involves hundreds of kids in nine countries (USA, Canada, Mexico, Russia, South Africa, Australia, Chile, Germany, and Cambodia). Within the coming year, we will be opening up the project to another 1000 children and, eventually, any child who might wish to become involved.

If you would like to be kept informed or be considered for a spot, please contact us.

Rick StevensonDirector/Writer/Producer Rick Stevenson has produced, written and/or directed twelve feature films and hundreds of hours of television. He has worked with Robert Redford, Hugh Grant, Christopher Plummer, Keifer Sutherland, Meg Ryan, Patrick Dempsey, Jennifer Connelly, Mark Harmon and many others. He has created, hosted, directed, written and produced two television series, LISTEN and Official Best of Fest Presents The Best Films You’ve Never Seen. He is Founder of The School of Life Project which is now in nine countries and features over 300 kids. He also co-founded thefilmschool with Tom Skerritt and Stewart Stern, and is director of The Prodigy Camp for the 20 most talented young filmmakers in the world. He holds a doctorate from Oxford University, a master’s degree from The London School of Economics and a bachelor’s degree from Whitman.

Donor Advisory Board

Mike Doherty oversees client strategy and agency operations as the President of Cole & Weber. His passion lies in exploring new ways to push the boundaries of traditional advertising to drive business for clients.  Since joining Cole & Weber, the agency has produced a TV show for Pabst, built a line of furniture for Gallo, developed a media player to syndicate live content for Microsoft, and produced a lead management tool that enables clients to track the effectiveness of their marketing all the way to the media placement. Mike is inspired by traveling, curious people, things he notices while running, and learning anything new.
Petra Franklin is the Managing Director of Vault Capital, a firm that invests in early stage technology companies, and a General Partner of Vault Capital II.  Ms. Franklin serves on the board of the National Science Foundation’s Science Technology Center for Information Technology.    She attended Harvard University, and Bennington College, where she received her undergraduate degree. She also attended Stanford University and the University of Washington.
Peter Horton has established himself as a writer, director, actor and producer since his breakthrough role on the hit ABC series thirtysomething. From his success as executive producer and director of Grey’s Anatomy, Horton was also asked to be an executive producer on the ABC series Six Degrees. Horton’s latest projects are The Philanthropist and Reconstruction, both on NBC. He is currently developing multiple projects through his Pico Creek Productions. Horton dedicates his time and resources to environmental causes and currently sits on the Action Team for Environment California.
Bruce Hosford’s business career has been primarily in the development of investment in commercial real estate. His nonprofit interests include a number of conservation organizations including Cascade Land Conservancy, Woodland Park Zoo, and Conservation International. In addition, Bruce has served for a number of years on the international board of Young Life.
Jacquelyn Jaech, an entrepreneur herself, consults with start-up companies to help develop their business and marketing strategies. Jacquelyn has dedicated time to a number of non-profits in the Seattle area including the University of Washington, Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, and the Pacific Northwest Ballet where she uses her expertise to help solve business issues. Jacquelyn has a BA in Business Administration from the UW.
Jay LeonJay C. Leon is the founder and CEO of CSG Channels where, since 1997, he has been helping large technology companies develop and execute go-to-market strategies that generate increased revenues through better partner relationship management. He is a partner at Social Venture Partners, and Past President of the Emerald City Rotary Club. Through New Trade Routes, Jay helps companies large and small develop strategies for generating more revenue, and through the New Trade Routes Foundation, applies the same capabilities to contribute to the not for profit community in the areas of education reform and the sustainable environment.
Dr. John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist with special research interests in the isolation and characterization of genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders. Medina has spent most of his professional life as a private research consultant, working primarily in the biotechnology and pharmaceutical industries on research issues related to mental health. He is an award-winning teacher and author of books and articles related to brain development.
Molly NordstromMolly Nordstrom is an active community volunteer with a passion for women, children, and health and human services. She has served on the board of United Way of King County, was Co-Chair of the Alexis de Tocqueville Society with her husband Blake, and most recently served as Board Chair. She is also on the board of Seattle Children's Hospital Foundation and is a member of Washington Women’s Foundation.
Deborah Person has been involved with the Seattle International Film Festival for 33 years. She joined the SIFF Group Board of Directors in 1999 and served as Board President for four years. She took on the role of Managing Director in 2005, and runs the organization in partnership with Artistic Director Carl Spence. She has worked in non-profit arts administration in Seattle for the last 15 years. She has recently completed her Master’s degree in nonprofit leadership at Seattle University.
Tom Skerrit’s earliest acting role in Robert Altman’s classic comedy M*A*S*H was only the first of several notable roles in film classics, including The Turning Point, Alien, A River Runs Through It, Steel Magnolias, Top Gun, and Contact. He received Best Actor Emmy for his series Picket Fences. Skerritt has become one of film’s noted educators and co-founded TheFilmSchool in Seattle, a mecca for learning and engaging the art of story-telling.
John Stanton is a wireless industry pioneer, co-founding three top-10 wireless operators in the United States in the last 25 years. His involvement in the wireless industry began in 1982 when John helped found McCaw Cellular Communications, where he served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice Chairman. He is a founding member of Trilogy Partnership, a private equity fund that invests in early stage growth opportunities in the wireless ecosystem, and Trilogy International Partners, a wireless operator in Central and South America and New Zealand.
Bill WayBill Way graduated from Whitman College with a Bsc in Economics and minor in Art History in 1980. Bill then obtained an Msc in Economics from the London School of Economics. Since retiring from Accenture after 26 years, Bill has focused on business-driven solutions to global poverty and is actively involved in the microcredit industry as a part time pro bono executive and board member with MicroCredit Enterprises. In addition to microcredit, Bill is involved in several organizations as a funder, board member and mentor in identifying and implementing business driven solutions to global poverty.


Brain Trust

Donna Arnold has a Masters in Applied Behavioral Science and is a Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Private Practice, Seattle, WA. She Brings a lifetime of dedication to the concept and practice of health and wellness. She has a 30 year professional career supporting self-discovery, self-care and restoring health and balance within individuals, couples, families, businesses and non-profit organizations.
Kirsten Bowles is a counselor in the independent school system; she completed her counseling training at UBC. She designs and coordinates the curriculum of a virtues-based program in her school that focuses on social-emotional learning and character development. She is passionate about bringing attachment theory into her work supporting children at school and also in the day-to-day parenting of her two sons.
Dave Hanley is the founder and principal of Banyan Branch, a leading social media agency providing strategy, creative, and implementation services. Prior to Banyan Branch, Dave oversaw marketing and advertising at Shelfari (acquired by Amazon.com). Dave was also Director of Product Management at RealNetworks, where he oversaw the launches of Rhapsody.com and Rhapsody’s web services program. Dave has an MBA from Stanford University and Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in Public Policy from Brigham Young University. He lives in Seattle with his wife and four children.
Michael Hoffman’s film career began when he was a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University, where he made his first feature film, Privileged, a student drama starring Hugh Grant. He followed with scripts for Promised Land (1987) and Some Girls (1988) and in 1991 directed Paramount’s Soapdish starring Sally Field and Robert Downey, Jr.. In 2008, Hoffman shot his script of The Last Station, the story of Leo Tolstoy’s final year, starring Helen Mirren, Christopher Plummer, James McAvoy, and Paul Giamatti. Hoffman lives in Boise, Idaho with his wife, the writer Samantha Silva, and their three children Atticus, Phoebe, and Olivia.
Christian LoubekChristian Loubek is an American director most known for his unique commercial campaigns. His career began in the Northwest having directed and shot the opening title sequence for the HBO show Six Feet Under. From there he moved to New York City and began a career that has travelled him around the globe several times. Christian has helmed global campaigns for a wide variety of clients including Citibank, Smirnoff, Diet Coke, ESPN, Nike, UPS, Microsoft, Motorola, Sprint, Cisco, Becks, Hyundai, Volkswagen, Volvo, Audi, and Fiat. Christian maintains residences in both Venice CA and Brooklyn NY, living somewhere in between.
Dr. John Medina is a developmental molecular biologist with special research interests in the isolation and characterization of genes involved in human brain development and the genetics of psychiatric disorders. In 2004, Medina was appointed to the rank of affiliate scholar at the National Academy of Engineering. He has been named Outstanding Faculty of the Year at the College of Engineering at the University of Washington; the Merrill Dow/Continuing Medical Education National Teacher of the Year; and, twice, the Bioengineering Student Association Teacher of the Year. He lives in Seattle with his wife and sons.
Stewart Stern is a two-time Oscar-nominated and Emmy award winning American screenwriter. He is best known for writing the screenplay for the iconic film Rebel Without A Cause (1955), starring James Dean. Stern is the nephew of Adolph Zukor, founder of Paramount Pictures. He is a veteran of World War II, during which he fought in the Battle of the Bulge. He is the subject of the documentary Going Through Splat: The Life And Work Of Stewart Stern. Stern teaches a course in Seattle called “The Personal Connection” at TheFilmSchool, which he helped co-found. He also teaches each year at the Sundance Institute.



Erin Joyce Letey, a principal with Riddell Williams P.S., is a member of the firm’s Corporate Transactions and Finance practice group. Erin advises business owners and senior executives on major corporate events, from business formation through sale. Erin also has experience assisting nonprofits and tax-exempt organizations with legal issues such as formation and dissolution, application for federal tax exemption, nonprofit governance, and mergers. Erin serves on the Board of Directors of the Seattle Aquarium Society, is pro-bono corporate counsel for Families with Children from China—NW chapter, and is Vice-Chair of the Executive Committee of the WSBA Business Law Section. She has been named a Rising Star® by Washington Law & Politics. She holds a B.S. magna cum laude from the University of Oregon and a J.D. cum laude from Harvard Law School.