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Rachel Simmons      

Internationally Recognized Educator & Best-Selling Author

Rachel Simmons is an internationally recognized educator and author of the New York Times bestsellers "Odd Girl Out," "The Curse of the Good Girl," and "Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Healthy, Happy and Fulfilling Lives."

As an executive coach, Simmons guides leaders globally to lead with purpose, courage and emotional intelligence. As a facilitator, she is renowned for her ability to seamlessly integrate social science research with authenticity and humor. Simmons serves on the faculty of the Google School for Leaders and was until recently the Director of the Lewis Leadership Program at Smith College. She is co-founder of the NGO Girls Leadership, and has served as an advisor to Oprah Winfrey and Sheryl Sandberg. As an ABC News Contributor for the television program Good Morning America, Simmons appears regularly in the media as an expert on gender and parenting. Her writing has appeared in many publications including the New York Times and Washington Post.

She lives in Western Massachusetts with her daughter.

Speech Topics


Is She Mad At Me? Teaching Girls Relationship Management Skills

In this two-hour workshop, educators, clinicians, and other youth professionals will uncover the unwritten rules that guide girls' day-to-day social struggles and undermine their ability to maintain healthy relationships. Speaker Rachel Simmons will teach strategies to address destructive assumption-making among peers, how to respond to the phrases "no offense" and "just kidding," and dysfunctional responses to confrontation. She will also address conflict coping strategies.

BFF 2.0: Girls' Love-Hate Relationship with Social Media & How to Parent through It

Why do girls say they don't exist if they're not on Facebook, yet at the same time feel they have no choice? In this hour-long talk, speaker Rachel Simmons decodes the ups and downs of girls' online lives. She explores the challenge of setting limits at a time when other parents seem more permissive than ever. Using the latest research on social media and youth, Simmons will share practical strategies to set limits on use, respond to cyber-bullying, and parent with authority and compassion.

The Curse of the Good Girl

Learn how the pressure girls face to please others at all costs installs a glass ceiling on their social, academic, and extracurricular potential. In this lecture, speaker Rachel Simmons teaches participants strategies to help girls communicate assertively, understand their own feelings, and battle perfectionism.

Be You: An Interactive Parent-Daughter Workshop

In this interactive workshop for girls and parents, speaker Rachel Simmons teaches practical strategies to be confident, courageous, and authentic in relationships. With guided questions that open up new conversations between parents and their girls, participants come away with a new language to talk about toxic friends and being true to oneself. Girls will practice communicating assertively and learn problem-solving tools with their parents that they can take with them to school the next day. With her personable, down-to-earth speaking style, Simmons keeps participants laughing, interacting, and learning.

Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls

When a girl's relationships are in trouble - due to exclusion, abusive friendships, cyber-bullying, etc. - her core sense of self is threatened. Parents feel anguished and helpless. As an intimate observer of girls' social world, speaker Rachel Simmons offers parents a window into the hidden culture of girls' aggression. Every year, she empowers thousands of parents to help their daughters negotiate some of the most painful moments of their lives.

Simmons' unparalleled experience with girls, shared in her humorous presentations, makes her a favorite of parent associations around the world. Weaving down-to-earth advice with analysis of girls' development, Simmons provides parents with concrete strategies and scripts to help kids cope with best friends, worst enemies, and everything in between. Simmons also coaches parents on monitoring their girls' use of social media. Presentations last one hour and are followed by 30 minutes of Q & A.

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