The Myth of “Success” and the Threat of Toxic Stress for Children Living in Affluent Communities

May 14, 2024

at 12:00 pm EST

Guest Speaker(s):
Dr. Corey Hirsch, JD, LCSW
Joseph Brooks, Managing Director, Arabella Advisors

Children living in affluent communities experience high-level and persistent stress as they strive for, often unreasonably, high levels of achievement in response to perceived expectations to achieve success.  Researchers have demonstrated that the brain’s response to high level and ongoing stress in children results in a flooding of stress response hormones that overwhelms the body and causes “toxic stress”, which contributes to increased risk of serious health and mental health problems.  In this webinar, Corey Hirsch will explain how children living in affluent communities are at-risk for experiencing toxic stress and steps that can be taken to mitigate that risk.

Introduction to our Guest Speaker(s)

Dr. Corey Hirsch is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker in private practice in Los Angeles, California.  She is passionate about helping families understand the complexities of growing up in affluent communities.  She earned a Doctorate in Clinical Social Work from the University of Pennsylvania and a Master’s degree from the University of Southern California.  She earned her J.D. from Southwestern School of Law and a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin-Madison.  She is also a former criminal defense attorney.  Corey has taught at Pepperdine University in their Master’s of Psychology program.  Corey lives in Los Angeles with her three daughters.  


Webinar Host

Joseph Brooks is a managing director based in Arabella’s Chicago office, where he leads many of the firm’s individual and family engagements and helps his clients realize impact through Arabella’s array of advisory and fiscal sponsorship tools and services.

Joseph comes to Arabella with considerable experience as a philanthropic advisor working with wealthy individuals and families, a leader of community foundations, and a fundraising strategist focused on building and implementing comprehensive campaigns, including for Marquette University and the country’s largest HIV/AIDS service organization. Prior to joining Arabella, Joseph led the philanthropic advising team at the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. He and his team supported individual philanthropists and donor collaboratives in investing millions of charitable dollars to support entrepreneurs and small businesses, launch new programs focused on equitable student achievement, and transform urban developments centered on systems change.

Joseph began his career as a high school teacher for Chicago Public Schools, where the systemic barriers to economic mobility facing too many young people and their families inspired a career in philanthropy. He holds a Bachelor of Arts from Lawrence University in psychology and education studies, a master’s in public administration from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in nonprofit management and leadership, and a master’s in business administration from Marquette University. Additionally, he is a chartered advisor in philanthropy and a certified fundraising executive. Joseph lives in Milwaukee, WI with his family and is passionate about issues related to education, economic mobility, and inclusive community building.

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