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Founder and Executive Director, Sports4Kids

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Jill Vialet Biography

As a social entrepreneur, Jill Vialet co-founded the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) in Oakland, California and, more recently, founded Playworks, a recess and after school physical activity program. With the conviction that “play is a precious commodity,”1 she declares, “When recess is bad, it infects the entire school day. But a vibrant recess is like grease for a school's gears. It makes everything else go more smoothly.”

Jill grew up active in sports and play activities, which often included the more traditional sports usually reserved for boys. Early on she was guided by Coach Clarence, a local playground recreational worker, who assisted her in being involved in these sports.3 Encouraged, her interest continued where in high school she was a state champion in track, in college she played basketball and rugby and coached soccer,4 and presently she enjoys running and mountain biking.

At Harvard, Jill studied medical sociology, was student body president, co-founded Students Against Racism,6 and, as a senior, was Director of Harvard's Public Service Program in 1986.7 While in college Jill spent a summer in Peru with the Amigos de las Americas organization, and after graduation she worked in Alaska for Campfire Boys and Girls, where she created programs to teach art and survival swimming skills to children ages 2-17.

When she returned from Alaska, Jill directed Project Yes, an environmental education program for the East Bay Conservation Corps. This involved 200 middle school students in four local schools in Oakland, California.

While directing Project Yes, in 1988, Jill co-founded the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA), an organization dedicated to helping families and communities celebrate the art and creativity of their children. As Executive Director, Jill developed an “artists in residency” program in the schools and brought artists to work with children in pediatric wards of hospitals.8 After nine years, Jill retired as Executive Director and became a board member emeritus.

While working in the schools with MOCHA, Jill was approached by an elementary school principal to solve her problem with escalating schoolyard conflicts. Thinking back to her experience with Coach Clarence, she modified the successful MOCHA model to physical health issues and formulated a plan to “transform recess and the school day with safe and healthy play so teachers can teach and kids can learn.”10 With this plan, Jill founded Sports4Kids in two schools in Berkeley, California in 1996.

Sports4Kids was renamed Playworks in 2009, and operates as a nonprofit elementary education program. Playworks has the vision that one day, every child can play every day. The organization brings play and physical activity to low-income schools in urban areas. The program stops the chaos on school playgrounds and addresses the increasing bullying and violence in unsupervised school play spaces, the emphasis on competitive school sports which often excludes girls and less adept children, and the tension between the need to achieve academically and the need for physical activity.

With trained full-time adults, known as “coaches” to the students, Jill has established a structure of onsite coaches and student Junior Coaches to organize lunchtime and recess activities; to include regular class game time; to provide before or after school programs with homework help, snacks, and organized sports and games; and to offer interscholastic sports leagues. For local school staffs and community volunteers, Playworks also offers customized training on such topics as organized games and activities, group management, in-class physical activities, violence prevention, and conflict resolution. Whether through coaches or local trained educators, they “create an environment which fosters sportsmanship, health and fitness awareness, focus, and fun.”

Jill maintains that an effective recess puts the children into “the play state” which releases endorphins, resulting in happy and energetic students who are “more likely to engage and participate in the classroom.”14 Additionally, the program has found that students are less likely to be chronically absent, discipline and suspension rates decrease, students feel more engaged and in control, and teachers regain classroom time for academic pursuits.

What began in two schools has grown to approximately 300 schools in 23 cities, and serves more than 130,000 children daily. Playworks has been included in First Lady Michelle Obama's Let’s Move! Initiative, studied by researchers, and spotlighted on television and in newspapers.

For her achievements, Jill received Radcliffe's Jane Rainie Opel Award for achievement by a young alumna in 1996.17 She was elected as a Eureka Fellow from 2000-2001, an Ashoka Fellow in 2004, and honored as a social innovator at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009.18 For “creating innovative, new solutions to a host of old problems” Jill was included on the 2011 Forbes' List of Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs.19 She is also on the advisory board for the University of California Berkeley's Principal Leadership Institute.

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Jill Vialet Biography

As a social entrepreneur, Jill Vialet co-founded the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA) in Oakland, California and, more recently, founded Playworks, a recess and after school physical activity program. With the conviction that “play is a precious commodity,”1 she declares, “When recess is bad, it infects the entire school day. But a vibrant recess is like grease for a school's gears. It makes everything else go more smoothly.”

Jill grew up active in sports and play activities, which often included the more traditional sports usually reserved for boys. Early on she was guided by Coach Clarence, a local playground recreational worker, who assisted her in being involved in these sports.3 Encouraged, her interest continued where in high school she was a state champion in track, in college she played basketball and rugby and coached soccer,4 and presently she enjoys running and mountain biking.

At Harvard, Jill studied medical sociology, was student body president, co-founded Students Against Racism,6 and, as a senior, was Director of Harvard's Public Service Program in 1986.7 While in college Jill spent a summer in Peru with the Amigos de las Americas organization, and after graduation she worked in Alaska for Campfire Boys and Girls, where she created programs to teach art and survival swimming skills to children ages 2-17.

When she returned from Alaska, Jill directed Project Yes, an environmental education program for the East Bay Conservation Corps. This involved 200 middle school students in four local schools in Oakland, California.

While directing Project Yes, in 1988, Jill co-founded the Museum of Children's Art (MOCHA), an organization dedicated to helping families and communities celebrate the art and creativity of their children. As Executive Director, Jill developed an “artists in residency” program in the schools and brought artists to work with children in pediatric wards of hospitals.8 After nine years, Jill retired as Executive Director and became a board member emeritus.

While working in the schools with MOCHA, Jill was approached by an elementary school principal to solve her problem with escalating schoolyard conflicts. Thinking back to her experience with Coach Clarence, she modified the successful MOCHA model to physical health issues and formulated a plan to “transform recess and the school day with safe and healthy play so teachers can teach and kids can learn.”10 With this plan, Jill founded Sports4Kids in two schools in Berkeley, California in 1996.

Sports4Kids was renamed Playworks in 2009, and operates as a nonprofit elementary education program. Playworks has the vision that one day, every child can play every day. The organization brings play and physical activity to low-income schools in urban areas. The program stops the chaos on school playgrounds and addresses the increasing bullying and violence in unsupervised school play spaces, the emphasis on competitive school sports which often excludes girls and less adept children, and the tension between the need to achieve academically and the need for physical activity.

With trained full-time adults, known as “coaches” to the students, Jill has established a structure of onsite coaches and student Junior Coaches to organize lunchtime and recess activities; to include regular class game time; to provide before or after school programs with homework help, snacks, and organized sports and games; and to offer interscholastic sports leagues. For local school staffs and community volunteers, Playworks also offers customized training on such topics as organized games and activities, group management, in-class physical activities, violence prevention, and conflict resolution. Whether through coaches or local trained educators, they “create an environment which fosters sportsmanship, health and fitness awareness, focus, and fun.”

Jill maintains that an effective recess puts the children into “the play state” which releases endorphins, resulting in happy and energetic students who are “more likely to engage and participate in the classroom.”14 Additionally, the program has found that students are less likely to be chronically absent, discipline and suspension rates decrease, students feel more engaged and in control, and teachers regain classroom time for academic pursuits.

What began in two schools has grown to approximately 300 schools in 23 cities, and serves more than 130,000 children daily. Playworks has been included in First Lady Michelle Obama's Let’s Move! Initiative, studied by researchers, and spotlighted on television and in newspapers.

For her achievements, Jill received Radcliffe's Jane Rainie Opel Award for achievement by a young alumna in 1996.17 She was elected as a Eureka Fellow from 2000-2001, an Ashoka Fellow in 2004, and honored as a social innovator at the Clinton Global Initiative in 2009.18 For “creating innovative, new solutions to a host of old problems” Jill was included on the 2011 Forbes' List of Top 30 Social Entrepreneurs.19 She is also on the advisory board for the University of California Berkeley's Principal Leadership Institute.

Jill Vialet Videos

  • TEDxSF - Jill Vialet - 11/17/09 - YouTube
  • TEDxABQ - Jill Vialet - What Play Can Teach Us - YouTube

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  • How do I book Jill Vialet to speak at my event?

    Our experienced booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure speakers like Jill Vialet for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment since 2002. Click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page to check availability for Jill Vialet, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get speaking fee information and check availability for Jill Vialet or any other speaker of your choice.
  • What are the speaker fees for Jill Vialet

    Speaking fees for Jill Vialet, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. The estimated fees to book Jill Vialet are available upon request for live events and available upon request for virtual events. For the most current speaking fee to hire Jill Vialet, click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak directly with an experienced booking agent.
  • What topics does Jill Vialet speak about?

  • Where does Jill Vialet travel from?

    Jill Vialet generally travels from Please Contact, but can be booked for private corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances across the country.
  • Who is Jill Vialet’s agent?

    AAE Speakers Bureau has successfully booked keynote speakers like Jill Vialet for clients worldwide since 2002. As a full-service speaker booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Please click the Check Availability button above and complete the form on this page including the details of your event, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jill Vialet for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service speaker booking agency?

    AAE Speakers Bureau is a full-service speaker booking agency, meaning we can completely manage the speaker’s or celebrity’s engagement with your organization from the time of booking your speaker through the event’s completion. We provide all of the services you need to host Jill Vialet or any other speaker of your choice, including offer negotiation, contractual assistance, accounting and billing, and event speaker travel and logistics services. When you book a speaker with us, we manage the process of hosting a speaker for you as an extension of your team. Our goal is to give our clients peace of mind and a best-in-class service experience when booking a speaker with us.
  • Why is AAE Speakers Bureau different from other booking agencies?

    If you’re looking for the best, unbiased speaker recommendations, paired with a top-notch customer service experience, you’re in the right place. At AAE Speakers Bureau, we exclusively represent the interests of our clients - professional organizations, companies, universities, and associations. We intentionally do not represent the speakers we feature or book. That is so we can present our clients with the broadest and best performing set of speaker options in the market today, and we can make these recommendations without any obligation to promote a specific speaker over another. This is why when our agents suggest a speaker for your event, you can be assured that they are of the highest quality with a history of proven success with our other clients.

Jill Vialet is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Jill Vialet for your event is available upon request. Jill Vialet generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jacqueline Novogratz, Ray Kurzweil, Richard Florida, Annie Lennox and Bunker Roy. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jill Vialet for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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  • TEDxSF - Jill Vialet - 11/17/09 - YouTube
    TEDxABQ - Jill Vialet - What Play Can Teach Us - YouTube

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