Rachel Simmons’ talk was the best one I’ve listened to at SCS… I was not looking forward to spending an hour listening to a speaker talk to us about the drawbacks to being a “good girl”, but [her] presentation was not what I expected. I found it really easy to relate to her from the very beginning, when she said that she was sorry for taking away our first period sleep-in. Her sense of humour 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
Thank you for making Rachel’s visit to our schools an incredibly successful event. In the last two days, accolades from the seminar have been pouring in from all angles – the girls, their parents, school administration…even our local state representative has taken the time to congratulate the PAC for inviting Rachel to shine the light on the mystery of female relationships.
Please extend to Rachel my whole hearted gratitude for the tools that she has given our daughters to help them be genuine, happy, and confident young ladies!
VP Parent Advisory Council, Qualters Middle School
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.
Counselor, Livingston, NJ Public Schools
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
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)
Thank you for giving us real advice, real strategies. All too often speakers tell us what is going on, what kids are saying, what they might be thinking, and share lots of stories. But so few give us tips – pointers to help our children. Your Facebook policy was implemented this evening…
Parent, Elmwood School, Canada
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
I thought you were very inspiring, and had a great way of revealing the painful truth. Thanks again for your passion in protecting us teen girls! I’ve really learned a lot from you.
Student, Immaculate Heart Academy (NJ)
There was a buzz at our school due to you. You were able to connect with our high school and middle school in a way that has been beneficial for all. I ended up mediating between a few girls and it was amazing to see how they had the words to describe what they were feeling and why because of your talk. I am excited to apply this experience to my work with adolescent girls here at The Hudson School.
Teacher, the Hudson School (NJ)
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
I have received nothing but positive reviews from parents, students, and faculty. It is rare indeed that a speaker merits such universal acclaim.
Holland Hall, Tulsa, OK
The Rachel Simmons visit was the single most successful school assembly event we have ever hosted. The girls loved her. She did great with the Lower School girls! The Middle School and Upper School girls could have spent a week with her. We did follow up activities in all divisions and we are using the language she used in her talks. The parents were equally impressed and moved by her talks.
Wichita Collegiate School, Wichita, KS
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. I can’t wait to listen to her speak again!
There must have been at least 40 little girls waiting in line to ask Rachel a question and she was gracious and articulate in her responses to each and every one of them. It was particularly an impact that so many children were willing to get up and express their feelings; share their personal experiences.
I want her to know that she reached our community, opening a much needed dialogue to address this issue. And, now she has a cult following of adolescent girls who think she hung the moon, my daughters included.
Oxford, CT Public Schools
Everyone raved about Rachel’s presentation. She was down to earth, funny, SO knowledgeable, friendly, approachable…I can’t say enough good things. The room was packed…and they STAYED until she finished!!! We drew bigger numbers than ever before (1400+), and I firmly believe it was because of Rachel. This morning, I sent out an email to all of the school counselor state presidents recommending Rachel for their conferences.
Missouri School Counselors Association
She was fantastic! The parents and faculty were very pleased with her presentation. She was entertaining, yet left us all with lots to think about and work on in parenting our children.
St. Francis Episcopal Day School
The response from our community was tremendous! We had over 400 people at Manasquan High School, including many who had to stand. We were able to sell 100 books easily and probably could have sold another 50. I have personally spoken with many of the young girls who were in attendance (including my own 11-year-old daughter). Their response was so enthusiastic. One 11-year-old girl named Samantha said, “She was so honest. She told us about her own problems when she was young.” One adult woman wrote, “I found this very applicable to adult women as well.” I asked the adult participants to fill out and evaluation form and over 100 responded. Not one person had anything negative to say, and, because of this event, we had several people say they would like to volunteer with our Community Alliance! Rachel touched something with her book and with her appearance in Manasquan.
South Monmouth, NJ Community Alliance
Rachel was wonderful. It is not often you find a speaker who can so poignantly reach such a broad age range, ours being from 12 to 60, but Rachel absolutely came through in her truly unique style taking full command of the stage and captivating her audience. The members of my NCL chapter who attended as well as members from several other chapters have been signing her praises all day. I am deeply touched at the way my daughter responded; she enjoyed Rachel tremendously and it was a special day for both of us. Please extend our sincere thanks to Rachel, she was delightful and an absolute jewel.
President, National Charity League, Saratoga Los Gatos Chapter
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 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
You helped me understand what bullying means.
Emma, age 11
I never knew some of the things. Like how it’s better to tell the person you felt hurt.
Louisa, 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