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Rosalind  Wiseman

Rosalind Wiseman

Educator, Parent Expert & Social Activist


Rosalind Wiseman has had only one job since graduating from college—to help communities shift the way we think about children and teens’ emotional and physical wellbeing. As a teacher, thought leader, author, and media spokesperson on bullying, ethical leadership, the use of social media, and media literacy, she is in constant dialogue and collaboration with educators, parents, children, and teens. Read More >

She is the author of 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 Mean Girls, and 2016 was fully revised for a third edition.

Wiseman’s other publications include the New York Times best seller, Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, which addresses the social lives of boys and was awarded Best Parenting Book by Books for a Better Life in 2014. In addition, she wrote a free companion e-book for high school boys called, The Guide: Managing Jerks, Recruiting Wingmen, and Attracting Who You Want. Her most recent publication is the Owning Up Curriculum, a comprehensive social justice program for grades 6-12 which is in widespread use across the country and she is a regular curriculum contributor to the Anti-Defamation League.

Wiseman has keynoted at the White House Summit on Bullying, the SXSW summit on Online Harassment, the American School Counselors Association, Utah Anti-Bullying Coalition, Women’s March, Iowa Education Association, Association of Middle Level Education, the Game Developers Conference, the International Boys’ Schools Coalition, the Lindsey Vonn Foundation, the American Association of School Administrators, and countless schools throughout the US and abroad. She was a consultant for Cartoon Network's Speak Up, Stop Bullying Campaign, and is an advisor to the US Department of Health and Human Services’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration.

National media regularly depends on Wiseman as the expert on ethical leadership, media literacy, youth culture, parenting, and bullying prevention. She has been profiled in The New York TimesPeopleLos Angeles TimesChicago TribuneThe Washington Post, and USA Today. Wiseman is a frequent guest on national media like The Today Show, CNN, and NPR affiliates throughout the country.

More recently, Wiseman developed a curriculum entitled Owning Up: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice. Intended for anyone between the 6th and 12th grades, this structured program provides insight on how to prevent bullying—whether it is homophobia, racism, classism, or any other form of youth violence. 

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’ wellbeing. Her engaging and forthright delivery promises to capture audiences and inspire them to build positive relationships among each other. 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

You Raise Your Kids, I Teach Them French

Your Kids and Bullying

Speech Topics

Creating Cultures of Dignity For Young People

Based on over twenty years of teaching and constant feedback from today's generation of young people, Rosalind Wiseman pulls back the curtain on what's really going on in children and teens lives and shows the critical importance of social emotional learning to their overall health and happiness. From young people's friendships, social media use, gossip, drama, bullying, and the constant pressure to "keep up," she'll share how children and teens develop their sense of self and guide their decision making in everything from their academic choices, friends, and how they manage conflict. In addition, she'll give concrete advice to parents and educators so they in turn can guide their children through the normal yet challenging problems young people face-- while avoiding the common communication breakdowns and power struggles between children and adults.

Behind the Screen: Understanding the Power of Social Media in Young Peoples’ Lives

What does a young person’s selfie pose tell you about them? How can we enable boys and girls to manage the inevitable conflicts that go back and forth between their real lives and their lives on social media? Based on focus groups and interviews with young people around the country, Rosalind reveals critical insights on how they use social media. She tracks the new cultural landscape for both boy and girl worlds and its impact on their self-esteem, identity and decision making. In addition, she will highlight why adults efforts to communicate with young people about social media can be so challenging and provide participants with effective alternatives so young people don’t so easily shut down and disengage.

Queen Bees & Masterminds: Navigating Friendships, Social Conflicts & Popularity

Speaker Rosalind Wiseman, the New York Times bestsellers Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends & Other Realities of Adolescence & Masterminds and Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World pulls back the curtain on what's really going on in boys and girls friendships and social hierarchies. 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 how to navigate these common yet complex situations.  She’ll also explain why young people can be reluctant to ask for help and give common-sense suggestions to break through communication barriers. This presentation can be tailored to both student and adult audiences and will be customized to reflect any specifics that should be addressed in your community.