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Rosalind Wiseman      

Parenting & Bullying Expert; Author of "Queen Bees and Wannabes" (Basis for "Mean Girls")

Rosalind Wiseman has had only one job since graduating from college—to help communities shift the way we think about children and teens’ emotional and physical wellbeing. As a teacher, thought leader, author and media spokesperson on bullying, ethical leadership, the use of social media and media literacy, she is in constant dialogue and collaboration with educators, parents, children and teens.

Most famously the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World—the groundbreaking, fully revised edition of her best-selling book that was the basis for the movie Mean Girls—Rosalind Wiseman is an internationally recognized expert on children, teens, parenting, bullying, social justice, and ethical leadership.

Her latest book, Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, will be published in September 2013. In addition, she wrote a free companion e-book for high school boys, entitled The Guide: Managing Douchebags, Recruiting Wingmen, and Attracting Who You Want and a school edition entitled, The Guide: Managing Jerks, Recruiting Wingmen, and Attracting Who You Want.

Wiseman’s other publications include Queen Bee Moms and Kingpin Dads, which addresses the social hierarchies and conflicts among parents, as well as the young adult novel Boys, Girls & Other Hazardous Materials. She is the author of Owning Up Curriculum, a comprehensive social justice program for grades 6-12 which is in widespread use across the country. She also writes the monthly “Ask Rosalind” column in Family Circle magazine and is a regular contributor to several blogs and websites.

Each year Wiseman works with tens of thousands of students, educators, parents, counselors, coaches, and administrators to create communities based on the belief that each person has a responsibility to treat themselves and others with dignity. In 2011, she was one of the principal speakers at the White House Summit on Bullying. Other audiences have included the American School Counselors Association, International Chiefs of Police, American Association of School Administrators, and countless schools throughout the US and abroad. She is a consultant for Cartoon Network’s Speak Up, Stop Bullying Campaign and an advisor to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.

National media regularly depends on Wiseman as the expert on ethical leadership, media literacy and bullying prevention. She has been profiled in The New York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today. Wiseman is a frequent guest on The Today Show, Anderson Cooper 360, CNN, Good Morning America, Al Jazeera and NPR affiliates throughout the country.

A sought-after speaker on bullying, parenting, ethical leadership, and the use of social media, Wiseman’s presentations transcend cultural and economic boundaries in her appeal to ensure children’s and teenagers’ well being. Her engaging and forthright delivery promises to capture audiences and inspire them to build positive relationships among each other.

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Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Your Son Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends & the New Rules of Boy World

Rosalind Wiseman's new presentation is a call to action to transform the way we speak to and about boys. After 20 years of teaching teens and two years of working with over 200 teen editors to write Masterminds & Wingmen, Wiseman gives insights into what matters most to boys - their friendships, girls, and their relationships with adults. She'll pull back the curtain on what's really going on between boys and girls and why they can be so reluctant to ask adults for help. She'll share how boys' and girls' social group dynamics influence their interactions and offer step-by-step advice on how to teach young people to treat each other with dignity. She'll also give common-sense suggestions about how to deal with the frequent struggles between boys and their parents - from video games and social networking to communication breakdowns. By the end of the presentation, Wiseman establishes a roadmap for parents, educators, and communities to reach boys and help them grow into the best sons, brothers, friends, students, athletes, and boyfriends they can be.

Queen Bees & Wannabes: Teaching Social Competency in Middle & High School Students

Speaker Rosalind Wiseman presents a general overview of the philosophy and practices of her Owning Up curriculum and her book, the New York Times bestseller Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Adolescence. This keynote is an interactive multimedia presentation that shows how cliques, bullying, and social hierarchies among children and adults can be placed in a larger context of social justice. Wiseman provides concrete, common sense strategies for any educator or professional who works with children, teens, and parents so that all participants can walk away from the presentation with positive ways to impact their community. This presentation can be tailored to both student and adult audiences, factoring any specifics that should be addressed in your community.

Queen Bees & Masterminds

In this presentation, Rosalind Wiseman issues a call to action to transform the way we speak to and about young people. She'll pull back the curtain on what's really going on between boys and girls and why they can be so reluctant to ask adults for help. She'll share how boys' and girls' social group dynamics influence their interactions and offer step-by-step advice on how to teach young people to treat each other with dignity. She'll also give common-sense suggestions about how to deal with the frequent struggles between teens and their parents—from video games and social networking to communication breakdowns. By the end of the presentation, Wiseman will have provided concrete strategies for any parent, educator, or professional who works with children and teens, and participants will walk away with positive ways to impact their community. This presentation can be tailored to both student and adult audiences, factoring in any specifics that should be addressed within your community.

Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads: Navigating Relationships with the Adults in Your Child's Life

Speaker Rosalind Wiseman shines a light on the lives of today's parents, too many of whom feel trapped in "Perfect Parent World," a place in which a few parents set all the rules and the perceived standards for parental involvement are virtually impossible to achieve. It's a world that has parents reliving the traumas and dilemmas of their own youth - and learning, to their surprise, that those decades-old experiences profoundly influence the way they interact with the professionals and parents who play significant roles in their children’s lives.

Wiseman offers practical strategies and scripts for handling the difficult situations that inevitably arise in parenthood.

Social Justice & Ethical Leadership

Media Literacy (for educators or students)

News


'Boys Have Deep Emotional Lives' - Hope Reese - The Atlantic

Before Rosalind Wiseman's 2002 book Queen Bees and Wannabes was published, her agent asked if she would talk to a woman named Tina Fey. Wiseman, a ...

Mean girls are getting younger - CNN.com

Rosalind Wiseman, author of the New York Times bestseller "Queenbees and Wannabes," which was the basis for the movie "Mean Girls," believes we are ...

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