Jill Vialet

Jill Vialet, CEO of Playworks, will reveal surprising facts about the impact of play on human intellectual, social and moral development based on pioneering studies.

“Play is not the opposite of work. The opposite of play is depression.” – Jill Vialet


Jill Vialet believes in the power of play to bring out the best in every kid. In 1996, Jill launched her non-profit organization Playworks in two Berkeley, California elementary schools. The Playworks program fosters inclusive school environments that allow kids to thrive and discover their own superpowers. By the fall of 2014, Playworks will serve 450 schools in 24 U.S. cities and provide training to an additional 1000 schools around the country. Asked for a memoir about these experiences, Jill ended up writing an imaginative young adult novel entitled Recess Rules.


Q&A with Jill
Jill shares what inspired her to talk about play and why it is so important to our wellbeing.

Play Matters
Vialet, J. Huffington Post. 2014 Oct 20.

Recess Rules: A Young Adult Novel.
Vialet, J. Playworks. 2013.