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Dr. Robyn Silverman      

Body Image, Bullying Expert & Leadership, Success Coach

Dr. Robyn Silverman knows how to inspire greatness in women, teens and children. After spending more than 15 years researching, writing and working in the areas of leadership development, character education, body image, developmental psychology, social-emotional learning and most recently, grit and success, she has become the go-to person to advise women’s groups, entrepreneurs, teachers, parents and young people about how to set goals, develop their gifts, break through barriers and achieve their dreams.

Dr. Silverman is a frequently featured expert on the national media, often seen on The Today Show and Good Morning America as well as many of the daytime shows and other national media such as U.S. News & World Report, Yahoo and the New York Times. She is best known for being able to explain the scope of a problem while simultaneously providing hands-on tips and take-aways that can be put into use immediately.

From Capital One to the Office of the District Attorney to entire school districts, parenting groups, corporate mentoring programs, nonprofits and Jewish Women’s Foundations, Dr. Robyn Silverman is versatile and accessible. She travels the nation delivering keynotes that are memorable and that leave a lasting impact. She’s been called “the best speaker our conference has ever had” (GenAustin Board Chair), “brilliant and engaging” (Girl Scouts of the USA), “amazing and interactive” (Goryeb Children’s Hospital) and “phenomenal” (Capital One Financial Corp). Dr. Robyn enjoys meeting personally with her clients prior to all speaking engagements in order to create a presentation that meets everyone’s needs according to the audience’s interest and the program’s intended results. If you would like a customized keynote or program, Dr. Robyn is right for you.

As a sought-out expert in her field, Dr. Silverman contributed to or has been the content consultant for 18 books on varied topics such as leadership, relationships, bullying, child/teen development, parenting and body image. Her 2010 book, Good Girls Don’t Get Fat: How Weight Obsession Is Messing Up Our Girls & How We Can Help Them Thrive Despite It, expanded upon her groundbreaking research at Tufts University on girls, women and body image as a barrier to success and acceptance. Dr. Silverman is the creator of Powerful Words Character Development, a character education and leadership development program for children, teens and adults that runs in 10 countries. She believes that people are assets to be developed, not deficits to be managed and you will see that positive outlook in the motivational, knowledgeable and inspirational way she delivers every presentation.

Speech Topics

Creating a Community of Character: Cultivating Responsible, Respectful Role Models among Our Young People

In this dynamic presentation on character, leadership and social-emotional development, Dr. Robyn Silverman appeals to educators, parents, law enforcement, legislators and youth workers as the foundational builders of this generation's future leaders. Anchoring her solutions to her personal mantra, "We must regard young people as assets to be developed, not deficits to be managed," she describes how we can create a community of character by cultivating role models in our young people.

Mindful Kids: The Science & Practice of Instilling Social-Emotional Learning Skills in Children & Teens

We have all heard the buzz about social-emotional development. At the heart of social-emotional learning is the development of life skills and emotional intelligence — both of which allow children and teens to effectively manage themselves, others and their relationships. The skills and awareness are profoundly important because it affects both the individual and those in their social groups.

Victim or Victorious? Combating Bullying From a Place of Strength

The impact of bullying is pervasive and great. In Bully: An Action Plan for Teachers, Parents, and Communities to Combat the Bullying Crisis, the companion book to the acclaimed documentary of same name, Dr. Robyn Silverman explains, "Bullying doesn't just have legs - it has teeth. The memories hold on tightly even as we leave our childhood behind." We all know that bullying is a complicated and ongoing problem. It necessitates prevention of negative social behavior and promotion of positive social behavior to reduce interpersonal aggression.

Assert Your Position: Women in the Lead

Women, especially those who desire to take on leadership roles, walk a fine line when it comes to assertiveness. They don’t want to come across too meek or too pushy. They want to portray an air of confidence while commanding respect. Assertiveness skills for women in the lead can help you get your point across, inspire people to take necessary action and help you command respect at work…and in life.

Participants will discover specific ways to:

  • Recognize their strengths and their barriers to successful communication.
  • Name and cope with conflicts between women.
  • Practice and apply assertiveness skills in challenging circumstances.
  • Pinpoint communication pitfalls (verbal & nonverbal) that give away their assertive edge.
  • Use active listening skills that send the right signals.
  • Develop an action plan that utilizes assertiveness techniques.
  • Say no and survive to tell the story.
  • Overcome obstacles that interfere with work/life balance.
  • Negotiate and delegate with confidence and respect.
  • Stay accountable for applying assertiveness skills in everyday life.

This can be done in a keynote or training format. The program is for any aspiring or current woman-leader who feels she has something to say but doesn’t always feel like she knows how to say it in a way that will be heard in the way she intended. No longer riding the line between meek and pushy or the participant of this training leaves walking the line towards success.

Gift Finders: Discovering Your Strengths & the Strengths in Others

In this powerful presentation, Dr. Robyn provides powerful yet easy-to-implement leadership strategies that allow participants to emerge as leaders among their peers. Participants are encouraged to discover their own strengths while highlighting the gifts of others; thereby becoming “gift finders” rather than “fault finders.”

Participants will discover specific ways to:

  • Define the kind of leader they want to become.
  • Discover and accentuate their gifts and the gifts of others.
  • Sharpen their leadership skills from goal-setting to character-connecting.
  • Name, claim and control their own barriers to success.
  • Find key mentors while becoming a mentor to others.
  • Be accountable for themselves and become a powerful example.

Often named "transformational,” participants come away with an action plan that they can put into effect immediately so that they can make a success of any group, team or personal goal. Those who attend this program will be able to apply these positive leadership skills in every area of their lives; affecting their own outcomes while creating a community based on character and strength.

*This presentation can be modified and customized for any audience or age group.


Dr. Robyn Silverman to Speak About Battling Media Messages Faced by Kids

Jeff Lake Camp and Lake Bryn Mawr Camp will be presenting guest speaker Dr. Robyn Silverman to discuss “How Media Messaging Impacts Our Kids and What We Can Do About It” at Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel on Tuesday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.

Dr. Robyn Silverman Joins Shaping Youth As Our Body Image Pro

We’re thrilled to welcome Dr. Robyn Silverman as our new body image expert here at Shaping Youth, where I’ll no doubt also pick her brains as a consultant for my documentary film underway called, Body Blitz: Media, Shaping Youth filmed on K-5 playgrounds...

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