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Rosalind  Wiseman

Rosalind Wiseman

Bestselling Author, Speaker & Thought Leader


Rosalind Wiseman challenges us to understand the power of dignity and social dynamics to build courage, connection and community. Read More >

In the fall of 2022, Rosalind and co-author Shanterra McBride will publish Courageous Discomfort: How to have Brave, Life Changing Conversations about Race and Racism by Chronicle Books.

She is a multiple New York Times bestselling author whose publications include Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World, which was the basis for the movie 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. She is also the co-author of the Distance Learning Playbook for Parents: How to Support Your Child’s Academic, Emotional and Social Learning in Any Setting and Owning Up, a social and emotional learning curriculum.

Rosalind is the co-founder of Cultures of Dignity, an organization that partners with communities throughout the world to reimagine how to bring dignity and social and emotional learning for all.

She has been profiled in or written for The New York Times, TIME, and The Washington Post among others, and has appeared on Today, CNN, Good Morning America, and National Public Radio. She has spoken to audiences throughout the United States and abroad including South by Southwest, Microsoft, UBS Bank, 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 native of Washington DC and spent most of her life there. She now lives in Boulder Colorado. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

Respectus et Dignitas

Masterminds and Wingmen: How to Talk To Your Teenage Boys About Bullying

You Raise Your Kids, I Teach Them French

Your Kids and Bullying

Speech Topics

Leading a Principled & Powerful Life

We can be the people we aspire to be and have the relationships we want in our families, places of work, and communities. We can define and hold ourselves to high expectations and care for our emotional capacity and mental health. Read More >

Join Rosalind Wiseman as she shows us how to embrace the power of dignity to build courage, connection, and community. In this inspiring presentation filled with common sense and humor, Rosalind shares powerful insights to living a principled life. With this path to keep our thoughts and actions on course, we maintain a sense of purpose, meaning, and capacity no matter what comes our way.

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  • Defining the difference between respect and dignity and how it transforms relationships
  • Understanding emotional regulation
  • Recognizing the dangers of high expectations
  • Creating and maintaining boundaries
  • Be easy on people, hard on ideas

Courageous Discomfort: Having Brave, Life-Changing Conversations

How can we have honest conversations about topics that silence most of us or in which only a few people dominate? How do we create and sustain an inclusive community where people feel a sense of belonging? How do we know when to advocate for each other or receive feedback when our intentions don't match our impact? Read More >

Based on our latest book, Courageous Discomfort, Rosalind Wiseman gives us the roadmap. Courageous Discomfort acknowledges the challenges of breaking through our hesitancy, frustration, and fear around issues of diversity and inclusion. Courageous discomfort grounds our thinking and actions in the principle of dignity—the belief that everyone has the right to be recognized for their inherent worth.

We live in a time where it can feel too hard, too frightening for some of us to step into these moments and make a difference. This presentation shows you how.

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  • Managing emotions in contentious interactions
  • Recognizing the difference between a curious question and a question that intensifies conflict
  • Transforming people’s discomfort into the capacity to build relationships and resilience
  • Realizing how the connection between emotional regulation, emotional hijacking, and boundaries is critical to understanding people’s reception to any diversity and inclusion efforts
  • Supporting anti-racist work when you can’t relate to people of color’s experience or you have little education on having these conversations
  • Analyzing relatable situations and dynamics around these topics and sharing skills to manage oneself with dignity and capacity

Raising Our Village: Creating a Culture of Dignity for & with Young People

As young people navigate a constantly changing educational environment and integrate their experiences of COVID, we know one thing is certain: Supportive relationships and social skills are critical to their emotional well-being. But these skills are not “soft skills.” They are essential for kids to engage in their education and support their emotional and mental health. From their friendships, anxiety, social media, conflicts with friends and family, and the constant pressure to “keep up,” this presentation will share insights and strategies to best connect—especially when they need us most. Read More >

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  • The current landscape for young people
  • The impact of social isolation on young people’s mental health
  • Defining the difference between dignity and respect and its essential role in relationships with young people
  • Concrete, relatable strategies to support young people’s development and resilience
  • Effective communication between adults and young people to avoid power struggles

Behind the Screens: Understanding Social Media in Young People’s Lives

As social media is integrated into all aspects of our lives, it is essential to understand its influence on young people’s goals, emotions, and relationships. But that’s not enough. Adults need greater insight into how social media is defined by their kids or students and how it influences their self-esteem, friendships, self-identity, and conflicts with other people—especially within the context of young people’s experience with social isolation and COVID. In this highly important and informative keynote, Rosalind Wiseman will help you navigate this new normal. You’ll learn what are reasonable expectations for adults to have about young people’s social media use and how you can talk and listen to young people about online communication that strengthens our relationships with each other instead of turning into power struggles and disconnection. Read More >

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  • Supporting young people and adults to have reasonable expectations about social media usage
  • Defining privacy in realistic ways for young people
  • Understanding the impact of social isolation, going viral, or being canceled
  • Aligning personal boundaries online with personal boundaries overall
  • Developing skills to navigate relationships online and in person when using social media
  • Identifying how to communicate with young people so they will reach out to adults when they need support and guidance

Queen Bees & Masterminds: Helping Young People Navigate Friendships, Social Conflicts & Popularity

Over 20 years ago, the book Queen Bees & Wannabes profoundly changed the way we see girls' friendships. Three editions later, along with the publication of Masterminds & Wingmen, Rosalind Wiseman has continued to pull back the curtain on what’s going on in young people’s culture—from gender to canceling, their friendships, and social hierarchies. In this presentation, she will share how young people's social group dynamics influence their interactions and offers step-by-step advice on how to teach them how to navigate these common yet complex situations, such as why young people can be reluctant to ask for help. She’ll also give common-sense suggestions that adults can use to break through communication barriers. This presentation can be tailored for both student and adult audiences and will be customized to reflect any specifics that should be addressed in your community.

Leadership & Young People

Young people are asking for, and sometimes demanding, leadership roles in new and innovative ways. But in most cases, they just don’t know how to be leaders in moments when it matters most. In this workshop designed for educators and young people, Rosalind Wiseman shares how students can bring dignity into their understanding of leadership and learn effective strategies to manage groups, inspire and listen to others. Read More >

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  • Defining leadership outside of formal roles
  • Showing the difference between being bossy and leadership
  • Understanding how young people’s experiences with those in authority influence their leadership styles
  • Creating a feeling of belonging in the group so people feel their contribution is valued
  • Managing conflict as a leader
  • Learning to advocate and work with adults

Relationships Are Everything

Adolescents have always needed friends and meaningful social lives. Both are essential to young people’s mental and emotional health now and as they develop into adults. But with this generation, who must integrate the experience of COVID into their social development, the social road is often filled with challenges. Meanwhile, the worry of falling behind and keeping up academically is real. The consequence is often confusion and anxiety about how to support young people as they navigate their social lives, develop academic resilience, and maintain their mental health. Read More >

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  • An overview of understanding young people’s emotions and their social dynamics
  • Defining loyalty in friendships and other relationships
  • Establishing and maintaining boundaries as an invaluable part of any healthy relationship
  • Strategies to strengthen communication between adults and young people about relationships

Bridging the Generational Divide

Many young people feel that the world is so different now that it is impossible for adults to relate to their experiences and challenges. At the same time, many adults feel that it is increasingly difficult and frustrating to reach young people. We want to do our best by them, we believe we do our best for them, but our attempts to understand their world are rebuffed and communicating with them can escalate into misunderstandings and disconnection. Read More >

We have to figure out another way to be in relationship with each other. For our children, for their education, for the foundation of our communities and our collective welfare, the stakes couldn’t be higher.

So how do we support young people to pursue their academic and creative purpose, develop emotional and intellectual resilience, and support their mental health? What are the communication strategies that bridge the gap between generations? What truly motivates young people, and what makes them turn away from us? If they do turn away, how do we create opportunities to reconnect and build back our relationships?

Combining the latest adolescent brain and behavioral research with over twenty-five years of work with young people, Rosalind will answer these questions. She will show how to get beyond the stereotypes and expectations young people and adults have of each other and transform our interactions into meaningful exchanges where adults are credible, powerful mentors. Read Less ^