How Children Succeed’ writer Paul Tough to speak at mentoring summit

By Betsie Freeman / World-Herald staff writer

Screen Shot 2014-03-16 at 5.19.21 PMThe best-selling author of a book about children and character will be the keynote speaker at the annual summit of the Midlands Mentoring Partnership.

Paul Tough, who wrote “How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character,” will talk at a luncheon during the daylong meeting Wednesday at the CenturyLink Center. The book, Tough’s latest, spent 12 weeks on the New York Times best-seller list. Tough is a contributing writer for the New York Times Magazine, focusing on education, parenting, poverty and politics.

The summit will include a number of breakout sessions on mentoring, highlighting topics such as how to build relationships with other people’s children and understanding early childhood education.

The cost for the summit and luncheon is $70. Luncheon tickets alone are $50. To register, visit