Bestselling author and educator Rachel Simmons will visit SBS on Monday, April 13 to meet with interested students for discussions about college pressure, social media and what it takes to be a girl today. These discussions will inform Simmons’ research for an upcoming book she is writing. Simmons, who lives in Northampton, MA, is the author of 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. 

In October 2014, Simmons led a workshop at SBS on healthy risk-taking, courage and rejection, in which students learned how to set realistic goals, take risks successfully and overcome fear of rejection.

Ellen Carter, Director of Counseling at SBS, organized both of Simmons’ visits and wrote her reflections on the the October workshop for the SBS blog, “View from the Nest.” Click here to read Carter’s post titled “Peace Amid Chaos.

As an educator, Simmons works internationally to empower young women to be more authentic, assertive and self-aware. Co-founder of the Girls Leadership Institute, she is an experienced curriculum writer and educator. She develops programs for undergraduates at the Center for Work and Life at Smith College, and has previously worked as a classroom teacher in Massachusetts and South Africa. She has appeared on Oprah and the Today show. She was the host of the PBS television special, “A Girl’s Life,” and her writing has appeared in The Washington Post, The Atlantic and Slate. Click here to learn more about Rachel Simmons.

On April 13, interested students should arrive at the Meeting Room to meet Simmons at 3 p.m. Please contact Ellen Carter with any questions.