APB is a Global Speaker, Celebrity & Entertainment Agency

Speaking to the World

Rachel  Simmons

Rachel Simmons

Bullying and Leadership Expert


Rachel Simmons is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. As an educator, Rachel works internationally to empower young women to be more authentic, assertive and self-aware. Read More >

Rachel is a Vassar graduate and Rhodes Scholar from New York. The co-founder of Girls Leadership, she is an experienced curriculum writer and educator. She currently develops leadership programs for undergraduates at the Wurtele Center for Work and Life at Smith College, and is the Tylis Family Girls Research Scholar in Residence at the Hewitt School in New York. She has previously worked as a classroom teacher in Massachusetts and South Africa.

Rachel was the host of the PBS television special, A Girl’s Life, and her writing has appeared in the New York Times, Washington Post, Atlantic and Slate. Rachel serves on the board of the College Women’s Leadership Educators affiliate of the AAUW, and is on the Council of Advisors for the Wellesley Centers for Women.

Rachel has appeared on Oprah and is a regular contributor to Good Morning America and Time. Odd Girl Out was adapted into a highly acclaimed Lifetime television movie. Rachel lives in western Massachusetts with her daughter. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

National Conference of College Women Student Leaders

Leadership for Rebels

A Real Girl is in Touch With her Feelings

Fear of Losing Relationships

Burden of Communication

Speech Topics

Enough As She Is: How to Help Girls Move Beyond Impossible Standards of Success to Live Happy, Healthy, Fulfilled Lives

Girls have never been more successful, yet they’ve also never struggled more with anxiety, stress and depression. In this talk, Rachel translates the toxic messages about achievement that girls have internalized, and teaches parents the tools to help girls practice self-compassion, redefine success, pursue purpose, and — most importantly — let them know they are enough as they are.

Failing Well: Strategies for Resilience & Courage

When you can fail well, the world opens up to you. There’s no challenge you can’t pursue, no risk you can’t take, because you know how to get back up when you’re knocked down. In this workshop, learn tools to take healthy risks, bounce back after a setback, and redefine your beliefs about success and failure.

How to Quit Overthinking

Do you replay your missteps in your head at night, thinking about what you could have done differently? Research shows overthinking disproportionately affects women and girls, and can lead to anxiety, depression, and loss of motivation. At this workshop, learn why we overthink and how to stop, so you can move on, free your mind and focus on more productive activities.

The Art of Small Talk & Networking

Grades and hard work will take you far, but your ability to form relationships through small talk and networking can make a critical, immeasurable difference to your career – and is a vital leadership skill to boot. Learn and practice the secrets of effective small talk and networking, and learn how seemingly random conversations can open doors to new connections and opportunities, right now and after you graduate.

Courage Boot Camp

What would you do if you weren’t afraid?What’s the worst that could happen? In this workshop, learn and practice tools to set realistic goals, take healthy risks and manage setbacks. This is about trying new things, being curious, going where you haven’t gone before, facing down something unpredictable.

Imposter Phenomenon: Why So Many High Achievers Think They're Frauds

Imposter Phenomenon is the belief one is a fraud, even when evidence exists to the contrary. Often occurring among high achievers, or people working in fields where they are breaking barriers, IP can create a glass ceiling in your own head – limiting your risks and voice. In this workshop, learn more about IP and practice hands-on strategies to manage it.

How Self-Compassion Makes You Braver, Happier & More Successful

Research shows that self-criticism heightens anxiety and lowers motivation, yet most people believe it’s the key to success. In this workshop, learn a researched, three-step practice to deal with setbacks, manage difficult feelings, and quiet the voice of a destructive inner critic.