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Rachel Simmons      

Internationally Recognized Educator & Best-Selling Author

As a Hudson certified coach, Rachel Simmons partners with leaders globally to cultivate their emotional intelligence, resilience and impact. Her clients include leaders at Google, PayPal, Toyota Research Institute, and Nike/Converse.

Simmons’ strength is converting research into practical tools her clients can use to manage complexity, navigate change and advance their leadership. She leverages the science of mindsets, resilience and mindfulness, along with theories of adult development, to support her clients. To the best of her ability, she integrates anti-racist, culturally sensitive and intersectional lenses into her work.

Simmons is known as a masterful listener who asks powerful questions. She brings two decades of experience listening as a researcher, author and interviewer. She is brave enough to challenge her clients, but always with care.

Simmons helps leaders deepen their EQ, elevate their executive presence, connect with purpose, and refine strategic thinking. She believes discomfort is a feature, not a bug, of growth – and she’s passionate about teaching clients the skills to grow their resilience. She is skilled at guiding clients to their growth edge, the place researchers call “desirable difficulty” – the sweet spot where your learning is within reach but still a challenge.

Simmons works with the whole person, not just the “work person.” We are complex humans, and how we lead is invariably shaped by all the stories of our lives.

Simmons is a voracious reader and constantly evolving practitioner. As a member of Cultivating Leadership, she brings with her the resources and insights of her estimable colleagues.

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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