Schools

“Thank you for visiting with us. The staff members from both middle schools have stopped me to tell me how relieved they are that you gave them strategies to use with their students when they are observing the behaviors your mentioned. They feel empowered that now they can actually do something in a positive manner prior to waiting for the counselor to get involved.”Rachel with IHA Girls
School Counselor, Livingston, NJ Public Schools

“We sold over 900 tickets and had to put chairs on the stage to accommodate the overflow of people. She is a delightful, dynamic young woman. We were all so impressed with the ease in which she handled the crowds of anxious parents and the time she invested in hearing their personal experiences. And, now she has a cult following of adolescent girls who think she hung the moon, my daughters included.”
PTO Member, Oxford, CT Public Schools

“My inbox is full and my phone is ringing off the hook, thanks to you! The girls loved their workshop with you…and told their parents all about it. The evening guests thought your presentation was  incredible. My staff are thrilled and said that you are one of the best speakers they have ever heard. Thank you so much for the valuable work you do. You really make a difference!”
Administrator, Elmwood School, Ottawa, Canada

 

Organizations

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“Rachel is a first-class speaker who knew how to directly touch the lives of girls with humor, compassion, honesty and courage.  Listening to the girls as they came away from the event, I was struck by how much they had learned about avoiding drama, understanding friendships, and developing the strength to stand up for oneself….The feedback on Rachel has been overwhelming and she connected beautifully with her audiences.  Last night’s presentation at the music hall drew 508 people!”
Women’s Fund of the Capital Region

“You are truly amazing – we had 125 girls from around the country, with varying demographics and each one loved it!  They are raving.  I can not thank you enough.  The girls loved it, and GOT IT!!!  Now that’s an accomplishment!”
Leela Kingman, Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey

 

Students

photo 5“Rachel Simmons’ talk was the best one I’ve listened to at SCS…Her sense of humor carried through the entire presentation, and it made me really listen to the important message she was trying to tell us… I even followed her on Instagram after!”
Student, Saint Clement’s School, Toronto

“I found your speech so amazing. My friends and I found ourselves sitting there going ‘why is she describing our lives in a nutshell?’”
Student, South Orangetown Middle School (NY)

“When I heard Rachel speak at a mother-daughter function, I was floored, as were my friends and their moms. She was HILARIOUS, and gave voice to thoughts and feelings that all girls have about relationships, boys, using the internet, feeling like an outsider, and all things ‘girl’ in a comfortable and encouraging way. Her personal stories and her experiences from years of extensive ‘girl-research’ are captivating because we’ve ALL been there. Rachel is just who any girl would want to talk to- she makes you feel like her best friend and brings out your confidence at the same time. She definitely made an impact on me and my friends.”
Sadie, age 18

me at springside“You helped me understand what bullying means.”
Emma, age 11

“You gave me a lot of information that helped me a lot! I realized a lot of people, including me, can be a bully.”
Erin, age 12