IGC Education-Outreach Initiative

Goal: Communicate bona fide characteristics, behaviors and needs of profound giftedness to all stakeholders including parents, teachers, administrators, academia, pediatricians, mental health practitioners and society more broadly.

Outcome: A paradigm shift – stakeholders move from “knowing” gifted characteristics, behaviors and needs to “understanding” the innate traits, coinciding behaviors and developmental milestones of profound giftedness applicable to “understanding” across the continuum.

Essential Purpose: We need to understand the full continuum and asynchrony of human development. Understanding profound giftedness gives stakeholders the ability to understand, identify and support the inclusive continuum of human nature and potential.

Community Education-Outreach Program

The International Gifted Consortium (IGC) Research Center for the Highly & Profoundly Gifted collaboratively works towards understanding, identifying and supporting the unique social, emotional, physical and cognitive and altruistic development of Giftedness through the eyes of our highly and profoundly gifted.

Our efforts focus on Research, Advocacy, Education-Outreach and Opportunities. We internationally educate all stakeholders on the characteristics, behaviors and needs of our profoundly gifted as a model for understanding the continuum of Giftedness.

Co-Founders Miraca Gross and Vanessa R. Wood co-presented

Understanding Giftedness: The unique barometers of giftedness through the eyes of the highly & profoundly gifted at the 2017 World Gifted Conference at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia.

Inherent, Multi-Dimensional, Dynamic Awareness.  Giftedness embodies the whole self and can be discerned in all areas of development.  This session examines the social, emotional, physical, cognitive and altruistic development of giftedness and the unique barometers evident, but sometimes hidden, in the highly and profoundly gifted.  Key areas of discussion include Dabrowski’s Psychomotor, Sensual, Intellectual, Imaginational, Emotional Overexcitabilities, Misdiagnosis and Advocacy for the gifted child. Participants will walk away with a better understanding of the intrinsic characteristics, behaviors and sensitivities of giftedness and the acute awareness, intensities and motivations propelling profound giftedness.


Up and Coming Presentations

February 4-5, 2021 ⋅ Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented (AAGT)  Annual Conference ⋅ Virtual 


Past Presentations

October 17, 2020 ⋅ Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented (AAGT)  Parent Institute ⋅ Virtual 

Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ The Joy of Being Highly-Profoundly Gifted: Sensitive, intense, aware, authentically unique


February 6, 2020 ⋅ Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented (AAGT) Conference ⋅ Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ Overexcitabilities and Developmental Potential: An anchor in the neurology of giftedness and the future studies of highly-profoundly gifted youth and adolescents.   


February 8, 2019 ⋅ Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented (AAGT) Conference ⋅ Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Vanessa R. Wood & Christiana Wells ⋅ Overexcitabilities, Advanced Development, Developmental Potential and Giftedness.  


February 7, 2019 ⋅ Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented (AAGT) Conference ⋅ Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Vanessa R. Wood & Christiana Wells ⋅ Overexcitabilities, Advanced Development, Developmental Potential and Giftedness.  


February, 2019 ⋅ Education-Outreach Community Event sponsored by The IGC, Research Center for The Highly-Profoundly Gifted in collaboration with The Phoenix Union High School District, The Gifted Academy and The Gifted Institute ⋅ Phoenix, AZ  USA                    * Continuing Education Credits awarded *

Vanessa R. Wood & Christiana Wells ⋅ Overexcitabilities, Advanced Development, Developmental Potential and Giftedness.  


April, 2018 ⋅ Life Christian Academy ⋅ Tacoma, WA, USA

Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ How Can We – Parents, Teachers, Administrators – Wholly Fulfill, Love, Nurture the Social, Emotional, Physical, Cognitive, Spiritual Needs of Each and Every Child?  


April 2018 ⋅ IGC Spring Speakers Series, Understanding Giftedness Through the Eyes of the Highly-Profoundly Gifted in collaboration with Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy ⋅ Glendale, Arizona, USA * Continuing Education Credits awarded *

Keynote speaker: Laura Wingers, PsyD ⋅ More Than a Test Score: Overcoming challenges and creating opportunities for WELL BEING in highly and profoundly gifted youth

April 2018 ⋅ IGC Spring Speakers Series, Understanding Giftedness Through the Eyes of the Highly-Profoundly Gifted in collaboration with Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy ⋅ Glendale, Arizona, USA * Continuing Education Credits awarded *

Keynote speaker: James T. Webb, PhD ⋅ Modern Tragedy: Misunderstanding, misidentification and misdiagnosis


April 2018 ⋅ IGC Spring Speakers Series, Understanding Giftedness Through the Eyes of the Highly-Profoundly Gifted in collaboration with Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy ⋅ Glendale, Arizona, USA * Continuing Education Credits awarded *

Keynote speaker: Laura Wingers, PsyD ⋅ More Than a Test Score: Overcoming challenges and creating opportunities for WELL BEING in highly and profoundly gifted youth


February 2018 ⋅ IGC Spring Speakers Series, Understanding Giftedness Through the Eyes of the Highly-Profoundly Gifted in collaboration with Arizona State University, Mary Lou Fulton Teachers College and Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy ⋅ Glendale, Arizona, USA * Continuing Education Credits awarded *

Keynote speaker: Vanessa R. Wood and IGC Stakeholder Panel⋅ Understanding Overexcitabilities: The essence of giftedness


February 1-2, 2018 ⋅ Arizona Association for Gifted & Talented (AAGT) Conference ⋅ Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ Shaping Our Future: Giftedness Through the Eyes of the Highly-Profoundly Gifted


September 11, 2017 ⋅ Melmed Center ⋅ Scottsdale, Arizona, USA

Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ Propelling Development: Giftedness, Over-Excitabilities and Neuroaesthetics


July 22-24, 2017 ⋅ World Council for Gifted & Talented Children (WCGTC) Conference ⋅ Sydney, Australia
University of New South Wales

Dr. Miraca Gross & Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ Understanding the Unique Barometers of Giftedness Through the Eyes of the Highly & Profoundly Gifted


February 3, 2017 ⋅ Arizona Association of Gifted & Talented (AAGT) Conference ⋅ Phoenix, Arizona, USA

Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ Understand Me: The Unique Barometers of Giftedness Through the Eyes of the Highly and Profoundly Gifted


Fall 2016 ⋅ Collaborations with schools, universities, pediatric groups and policy makers ⋅ Florida, USA

Dr. Willard White & Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ Understand Me: The Unique Barometers of Giftedness Through the Eyes of the Highly and Profoundly Gifted

Rene Islas, National Association Gifted Children (NAGC) & Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ Understand Me: The Unique Barometers of Giftedness Through the Eyes of the Highly and Profoundly Gifted


September 17, 2016 ⋅ Arizona Association Gifted & Talented (AAGT) Parent Institute ⋅ Phoenix, Arizona, USA
Herberger Young Scholars Academy, Arizona State University

Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ Human Nature in the Extreme:  The Unique Barometers of Giftedness Through the Eyes of the Highly and Profoundly Gifted


July 22-24, 2016 ⋅ Social, Emotional Needs of Gifted Children (SENG) Conference ⋅ Williamsburg, Virginia, USA

Vanessa R. Wood ⋅ The Unique Barometers of the Highly & Profoundly Gifted