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Rosalind Wiseman      

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

From where we learn to where we work, Rosalind Wiseman fosters civil dialogue and inspires communities to build strength, courage and purpose. She is the founder of Cultures of Dignity; an organization that shifts the way communities think about our physical and emotional wellbeing by working in close partnership with the experts of those communities–young people, educators, policy makers, and business and political leaders.

She is a contributor and curriculum creator for the Anti-Defamation League and as a multiple New York Times Best seller best known for being the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: the groundbreaking, best-selling book that was the basis for the movie and Broadway Musical Mean Girls, and was fully revised for a third edition. Wiseman is the author of the Owning Up Curriculum, a comprehensive social justice program for grades 4-12 which is in widespread use across the world.

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.

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.

She has been profiled in or written for The New York Times,TIME, and the Washington Post among others and is a frequent guest on the Today Show, CNN, Good Morning America, and National Public Radio. She lives in Boulder Colorado with her husband and two sons.

Speech Topics


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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