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Rosalind Wiseman    

Parenting & Bullying Expert; Author of "Queen Bees and Wannabes;" Founder of Cultures of Dignity

Rosalind Wiseman is a speaker, writer, advisor, and thought leader on leadership, culture, conflict, and young people. She serves as a senior leadership consultant at the US State Department’s Office for Overseas Schools, which serves over 195 schools throughout the world, a consultant at the Texas Science Behavior and Mind Institute, and is supporting Professor David Yeager at the University of Texas on a forthcoming book on young people and motivation.

She is the author of nine books, including multiple New York Times Best Sellers: "Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World"—the groundbreaking book that was the basis for the movie and Broadway Musical Mean Girls, and "Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World," which was awarded Best Parenting Book by Books for a Better Life. Her ninth book, published with co-author Shanterra McBride, is "Courageous Discomfort: How to Have Brave, Life Changing Conversations about Race and Racism." She is currently revising Queen Bees & Wannabes for a 4th edition.

Rosalind also co-founded Cultures of Dignity, an organization that partners with communities to reimagine how to bring dignity and social and emotional learning to all.

National media regularly depends on Wiseman’s expertise on principled leadership, conflict, youth culture, education, and parenting. She has been profiled in or written for The New York Times, Los Angeles, Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today, among others. Wiseman is a frequent guest on national media like the Today Show, CNN, Good Morning America, and NPR affiliates throughout the country. She has spoken to audiences throughout the United States and abroad, including South by Southwest, Microsoft, UBS, The Royal Society for the Arts, the Association for the Advancement of International Education, the Game Developers Conference, the American Association of School Administrators, and at the White House many times across administrations.

Rosalind is a board member of the Johnson Depression Center at CU Anschutz Medical Center. She is a native of Washington, DC, and now lives in Boulder, Colorado.

Speech Topics


Media Literacy (for educators or students)

Social Justice & Ethical Leadership

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.

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 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.

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.

News


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 ...
'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 ...

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