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Hilary Beard ’84

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Hilary Beard’s training and development business educates people through her writing, speaking and coaching. She left corporate America to become a writer, and has been independently employed for almost 20 years as a journalist focusing on the lives of African Americans, people of color and those with marginalized identities. Among her contributions are work with the National Medical Association’s Healthy Living magazine; a report to educate Black women about HIV/AIDS; and a White House report on African Americans and education.

Hilary has written or collaborated on 15 books and won two NAACP Image Awards for “Promises Kept: Raising Black Boys to Succeed in School and in Life,” a research-based childrearing guide for parents and educators, and “Health First: The Black Woman’s Wellness Guide.”

Hilary created and teaches “Rise & Thrive,” an online course that equips the parents of Black and Brown children with the skills and conceptual frameworks required to raise young people of color who can excel amidst overt racism.
A native of Cleveland, Ohio, Hilary lives in Philadelphia.


Navigating the Benefits and Burdens of our Princeton Privilege as Parents

Saturday, October 5

Join the discussion on how our privilege as Princetonians affects our role as parents.

Moderator: Hilary Beard ’84, Writer, Speaker, Trainer and Coach

Aasha M. Abdill *15, Independent Scholar
Clyde Beverly III ’00, Counseling Psychologist in Residence & Coordinator of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, The Purnell School
Liz Robinson Henry ’88, Youth Consultant and Pediatrician