Limitless Mind: Learn, Lead and Live Without Barriers

Dr. Jo Boaler Discusses How to Unlock Learning Potential

Peg Maddocks, PhD, Executive Director, NapaLearns
Published on August 21, 2019

For decades, it has been accepted that the range of our intellectual abilities is limited by our genetics. One example is, ‘I’m not good at math because I don’t have a math brain’. These beliefs have influenced all of us at some time, limiting our choices and potentially our future career paths.

The reality is that the brain is shaped by learning, experiences, struggling and making mistakes. In addition, opening and changing your mind changes your reality. Approaching life and learning with a growth mindset — an understanding that nothing is out of our reach to learn — is one of the keys to success. Neurological studies have revealed that the idea that past failures came about because there was something wrong with us is simply false.

Stanford University and internationally acclaimed educator, Dr. Jo Boaler, speaking in Napa

To learn about strategies based on neuroscience that help us achieve limitless potential, NapaLearns, Napa Valley College and Napa Bookmine are hosting Stanford professor Dr. Jo Boaler for a talk, book signing and wine reception on Friday, September 6, from 4:30-7:00pm at the Napa Valley College Performing Arts Center. Dr. Boaler will be speaking about six keys for learning that she has identified in her new book, “Limitless Mind”. The implications of new brain science are important for teachers, parents, leaders, students and lifelong learners.

Dr. Jo Boaler is the acclaimed Nomellini-Olivier Professor of Education at Stanford and director of She is the author of nine books and numerous research articles. Her last book, “Mathematical Mindsets”, sold more than 150,000 copies. She was named by the BBC as one of eight educators “changing the face of education” and she was reported the 5th Most Influential Scholar in US Education by Education Week. Her website has received more than 31 million visitors and she has more than 85,000 social media followers.

“Jo Boaler is one of the most creative and innovative educators today. “Limitless Mind” marries cutting-edge brain science with her experience in the classroom, not only proving that each of us has limitless potential but offering strategies for how we can achieve it,” says Laurene Powell Jobs, founder of Emerson Collective, a social impact organization that, among other investing and philanthropic activities, advocates for policies concerning education reform.

The wine reception is sponsored by Clos Pegase Winery, Duckhorn Vineyards, Honig Vineyard and Winery, Jones Family Winery, St. Supéry Estate Vineyards, Trinchero Family Estates, Vineyard 29 and V. Sattui Winery.

Reserve your seat

Tickets are available at for $10/person or $35/person including the book. Napa Valley College is located at 2277 Napa-Vallejo Hwy, Napa.

This article appeared in the Fairfield Daily Republic on Wednesday, August 21, 2019.