Sunni Markowitz

Founder and Owner, Camp Lantern Creek
Sunni Markowitz

Whether as a community leader and volunteer, academic researcher or mother, Sunni's career has been defined by a singular commitment to children. Sunni founded Camp Lantern Creek in 2010 in order to empower, educate and inspire young girls in a safe space. Before her tenure running Lantern Creek, she began her career as an advocate for many special needs children and worked as a researcher and education liaison at The Institute of Rehabilitation and Research (TIRR) and the University of Texas Medical School. As part of a brain injury study, she advocated for more than 300 children ages 6-16, assisting in their return to school after injury and helping develop a questionnaire for the diagnosis of Mild Brain Injury Syndrome. While pursuing her M.Ed. at the University of Houston, she worked on a research project examining reading curriculum in elementary schools. Prior to that she was a preschool teacher at the Becker Early Childhood Center, earned her B.S. in Child Psychology from the University of Colorado, and also lead a youth pilgrimage to Israel with 72 16-and 17-year-olds. She has been an avid fundraiser, community advocate and board member for a wide range of organizations including Hadassah, a Jewish woman's organization that assists with the development of two hospitals in Israel, the Brain Injury Association of Texas, Jewish Family Service Houston and the Girl Scouts of America, and the Shlenker School. Sunni currently sits on the board of The Emery Weiner School.

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Breakout Session: Building Confidence Out of Mistakes or Failures
Why is it important to take risks and to make mistakes? How do we then learn from these mistakes and ensure that we’re not beating ourselves up when they happen, while growing and becoming more confident along the way? This session will empower girls (and/or their mothers) to learn effective strategies to turn failures or mistakes into opportunities for growth, all the while practicing self-kindness and self-love. Attendees can expect to leave feeling inspired and with new perspectives.

Qualifications or Credentials:
Sunni has a Master’s in Education, a B.S. in Child Psychology and current serves as a director at an all-girls camp, where she has touched the lives of hundreds of young girls and blossoming women, including creating programming and mentorship opportunities for her staff and her campers’ mothers. In fact, in addition to empowerment programming that is woven into each camp session, Sunni leads interactive programs with


camp mothers at her twice-yearly Mother/Daughter weekends. In addition, she frequently shares parenting tips and resources with camp moms through YouTube videos and Facebook Live videos, where she answers questions and engages with fans and followers in real time. Parents in her community frequently rely on her for parenting, education and confidence-building strategies. She is incredibly comfortable in front of large groups of both mothers and teen girls and successfully engages her audiences when she is speaking to and interacting with them.

Past Speaking Events:
The Mommie Series in Houston, Texas (January 2019)

Sample/ Link:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iCeaizplNCE

Social Media Links:
https://www.facebook.com/LanternCreek/
https://www.instagram.com/camplanterncreek/
https://www.youtube.com/user/CampLanternCreek
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