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Rosalind  Wiseman

Rosalind Wiseman

Educator on Ethical Leadership & Parenting, Founder of Cultures of Dignity & Social Media Expert


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. In May 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. Read More >

She is the author of multiple New York Times Best Sellers including: Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl World—the groundbreaking, best-selling 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. 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 published in 2020 and the Owning Up Curriculum; a comprehensive social and emotional learning program for grades 4-12 which is in widespread use across the world.

National media regularly depends on Wiseman’s expertise on ethical leadership, conflict, media literacy, youth culture, parenting, and bullying prevention. She has been profiled in The New York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, the Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today. Wiseman is a frequent guest on national media like The Today Show, CNN, and NPR affiliates throughout the country.

Wiseman has served on many federal and local advisory boards and speaks throughout the US and abroad including South by Southwest, Microsoft, The Royal Society for the Arts, the Association for the Advancement of International Education, the American School Counselors Association, the Game Developers Conference, the American Association of School Administrators, at the White House throughout various administrations and numerous schools, governments, organizations, and corporations throughout the US and abroad. She lives in Colorado with her husband and two sons. Read Less ^

Speaker Videos

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

The Media's Impact on Boys and Girls Growing Up

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Your Kids and Bullying

Speech Topics

Creating a Culture of Dignity

This presentation is a call to action to create communities where young people thrive. From young people’s friendships, anxiety, social media use, conflicts with friends and family, and the constant pressure to “keep up,” we will share how to best connect with young people; especially when they need us most. As young people navigate a constantly changing educational environment, we know a few things are certain, supportive relationships and social skills are critical to their emotional well-being. But these skills are not “soft skills;” they are essential for young people to engage in education, manage emotions and become responsible and positive members of families and community. Read More >

This presentation will:
• Define the difference between dignity and respect and their impact on communicating with young people
• Establish foundational principles in alignment with community and family values
• Help guide children and students as they navigate their friendships online
• Provide a deeper understanding of the role and purpose of emotions
• Strengthen communication between adults and young people to avoid breakdowns and power struggles
• Share concrete skills to increase adults’ ability to support the emotional well-being of young people

This talk can be adjusted for remote learning, hybrid, or in-person. This talk can be adjusted for an audience of parents, educators, youth advocates, or other community needs.

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Managing Emotions in Challenging Times

One of the most crucial skills we can model for the young people is emotional intelligence. However, many of us were not explicitly taught emotional regulation skills and often feel like we are at the mercy of the emotions swirling throughout our homes. This feeling has been dramatically amplified by the pandemic, from our youngest household members to parents. Read More >

This presentation will provide:
• An informative, user-friendly summary of the most helpful aspects of the science behind emotions
• Specific skills to understand and manage emotional dysregulation, anxiety, emotional hijacking and anger
• Tips on depersonalizing and normalizing emotion management to support the health of your family Read Less ^

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

How do you talk to young people about social media? How do you understand its grip on your community? How does it influence young people’s self-esteem, friendships, identity and conflicts with other people? This presentation will bring the newest insights and research on social media’s impact on emotional health, well-being, and culture. Read More >

We will highlight why adult efforts to communicate with young people about social media can be so challenging and provide participants with effective alternatives so young people don’t shut down and disengage. Talking with young people about technology and social media can be a unique opportunity to better understand and provide support that works best for them.

During this presentation will provide:
• Strategies to understand their experiences on social media and support young people’s digital wellbeing
• How to talk to young people about the media literacy, misinformation, and civic engagement online
• Best practices for setting agreements and routines around technology
• How to manage our own digital use and role model thoughtful technology use Read Less ^

How To Have Hard Conversations & Create Inclusive Communities

How do we make an inclusive community where everyone feels a sense of belonging? How can we have honest conversations about discrimination and bigotry that brings us closer as a community? How do we integrate the principles of dignity with anti-racist work? While this topic for many can be uncomfortable, it is efforts like these that build our capacity to be a place of dignity for all. Read More >

Increased knowledge and skills to support a school or community’s efforts to promote diversity and equity by covering the following topics: Read Less ^

  • How to have hard conversations about bias, discrimination, and privilege
  • How to support anti-racist work when you can’t relate to people of color’s experience or you have little education on having these conversations
  • Knowing the difference between a curious question and a question that reinforces bias and discrimination
  • Increasing educators’ and parents’ skills to partner with young people to create a culture of dignity
  • How to integrate the skills of Social and Emotional Learning with the content of Diversity Equity and Inclusion

Courageous Discomfort: How to Have Hard Conversations with Dignity

How do we build an inclusive workplace where people can thrive and feel a sense of belonging? How can we have honest conversations about bias and discrimination that bring us closer as a community and enable us to work together with a foundation of dignity? How do we integrate the principles of dignity with diversity and equity efforts? While these topics can be uncomfortable or polarizing, building our capacity to manage them is essential to our ability to work together. Read More >

This presentation will focus on the following content areas and skills:
• How to manage emotions amidst contentious interactions
• How to support anti-racist work when you have little education or experience in having these conversations
• How to recognize the difference between a curious question and a question that reinforces bias and intensifies conflict in interactions
• How to identify when conversations/interactions are derailed
• How to get conversations/interactions back on track
• How to transform moments of discomfort and conflict into interactions where all feel heard and valued Read Less ^