About Rachel

My books, workshops and curriculum help girls become young women with integrity, self-awareness and personal authority.

This kind of success is a two-part equation. It’s about knowing yourself: how you feel, what you think and what you need. It’s also the ability to act on who you are in your relationships. I am proud to combine rigorous research with down-to-earth, fun content delivery. I help girls access the silliness and joy that many lose touch with on the road to finding their voices. My most important knowledge comes from the hard-earned wisdom of living with and teaching girls for over ten years. I look forward to sharing it with you.

My work is guided by three core beliefs:
  1. A Connected Girl is a Happy Girl

    Authentic, trusting relationships increase girls' resilience and embolden them to feel confident, motivated and inspired. When girls have the tools to choose the right relationships and manage conflict, we reduce the incidence of bullying and aggression.
  2. Relationships are the “Fourth R”

    Relationships are one of girls' most important classrooms. Relationships are where girls learn the skills to express their needs, accommodate others, and take healthy risks, among other lessons. My work gives girls tools to navigate the powerful social pressure to sacrifice one's needs to make others happy. This kind of integrity and balance forms the foundation for success in all areas of life: school, sports and extracurricular activities – and later, the workplace and family.
  3. True Change Begins with Us:
    The Adults Invested in Girls’ Success

    No matter how big your community – as big as a school, or as small as your family – we are powerful teachers. We have to walk the talk if we want our girls to have the courage to do the same.

Latest News

Girls Leadership Launches New Video Series for Parents of Girls

June 1st, 2015

Watch this new video series as Girls Leadership’s co-founders – Rachel and Simone Marean – share practical insights to support the girl in your life. Topics include how Dads can help raise confident girls, how to help your daughter when she is upset about a conflict, and relational aggression. Watch one of the videos here!

New Educator Training at Stanford University

February 5th, 2015

Girl Meets World (GMW) is an intensive three-day training program taught by Rachel Simmons and Girls Leadership Institute co-founder and Executive Director Simone Marean, designed to equip participants with the latest research, tools, and interventions to support girls’ social-emotional development. For over ten years, this GMW curriculum has been taught at locations such as Girl’s […]