Young women are more successful today than ever. Yet many are still developing their “inner resume,” or the skills and confidence to speak up, take healthy risks and advocate for themselves. In order to thrive in college and beyond, students increasingly need this skill set. Rachel’s workshops are renowned for giving participants concrete tools they can use in their everyday lives. As Rachel has argued in her TEDx Women talk, relationships are a powerful classroom for leadership: when young women know how to ask their roommates to turn down the music or network with a professor during office hours, they are better equipped to succeed at work and in life.
- Leadership for Rebels: A Recipe for Courage and Personal Authority - Participants develop their inner resume: skills to help them connect and act on their most important thoughts and feelings; advocate for themselves in their most important relationships; and explore their relationship to apology and blame.
- No Offense, But… – Offering and responding to criticism
- Nice Weather We’re Having! – The art and science of small talk and why you need to know how to do it
- Why You Have to Work It AND Own It – A workshop on self-promotion for people who hate to brag
- Send Your Inner Critic on Vacation – How positive self-talk can help you achieve your goals.
- Residence Life Workshops – Professional and student residence life staff identify communication challenges for young women in college housing, apply new tools to these conversations, and set goals for effective problem solving. This workshop is also available for dorm residents.
“I cannot say enough about what Rachel has added to our Residence Life Program at Smith College. She has been an outstanding resource to our students and staff through her creation and facilitation of workshops that address the needs of students and house communities. Over and over again after spending time in one of Rachel’s workshops our student’s leaders request her to come back and work with their house communities. Rachel is able to challenge students to think differently through her fun, creative approach that gets students engaged in thoughtful discussions and action that continues after her time her on campus. ~ Becky Shaw, Director of Residence Life, Smith College
“Smith students love working with Rachel Simmons. They learn an incredible amount from her workshops while also having a great time. Rachel approaches her work so thoughtfully, and with such respect for college-aged young women; at the same time, she is playful and has a great sense of humor. ~ Jessica Bacal, Director of the Wurtele Center for Work & Life, Smith College
“I’ve seen myself taking a lot more risks and listening to my internal feelings when making decisions. I put myself out there and applied for a big job this summer. After I submitted a resume and interviewed, I got the job! I really do think I was able to find confidence in myself that I had forgotten about through your workshops. You do amazing work, thank you for pushing me to take risks.” ~ Leadership for Rebels student
“Rachel was more down to earth and easygoing than I expected. She is a great teacher and it was truly an honor to be in her class.” ~ Leadership for Rebels student
“Working with Rachel was inspiring and comforting. I felt like I had someone on my side, cheering me on through difficult situations!” ~ Leadership for Rebels student
If you would like Rachel to work on leadership development with undergraduates at your college or university, please contact her here.