Thursday, August 5, 2010

Whatcha doin' Sept 13?

When am I going to get off my Mean Girls soapbox? Trust me, I'd like to.

Regardless, I still have three daughters. And there are still Mean Girls out there. And stereotypes of how girls should behave.

Some of you know what I am about to tell you. For those of you in that category, and for those of you who are not, I ask you to spread the word. Please send your East Bay friends with daughters aged 8 to 14 this blog post. Viral marketing (yes, I still work in tech) is effective and the best way to reach like-minded parents with this message.

So ... Rachel Simmons, who wrote the international bestseller Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, is speaking in Danville at the Los Cerros Middle School gym on Monday, Sept 13 from 7 - 8:30pm. There is no cost to attend this event.

I've loved and hated Rachel's content so much that I've twice arranged for Rachel's Girls Leadership Institute workshops to take place in Danville so we could address this as a community.

She will be speaking for 90 minutes from her second book, The Curse of the Good Girl. It provides practical strategies to empower girls and their parents to be confident, courageous and self-aware. The talk is appropriate for ages 8 and up. There will be books there to buy should you feel the need. Or you can borrow mine. (Who has them, by the way?)

More than a thousand people came to hear Rachel speak last year at Gunn High School in Palo Alto. Advance registration is a must. You can register by clicking here.

Thank you for helping me help us all.


Debby said...

Thanks for the posting! Your readers should know that there are still a few spaces left in upcoming Girls Leadership Institute (GLI) parent-daughter workshops in Danville in the fall:

Real Parents/Real Daughters (for 2nd & 3rd grade girls)
Tuesdays, 6-7:30pm, October 5,12,19 & 26 at Green Valley Elementary

Real Parents/Real Daughters (for 4th & 5th grade girls)
Thursdays, 6-8pm, October 7,14,21 & 28 at Green Valley Elementary

These workshops are designed to teach parents & daughters about friendship, feelings, speaking with courage and a healthy approach to conflict. Families learn and practice new techniques in a small group (15 pairs) where everyone receives personalized attention.

For more information about the Girls Leadership Institute or to sign up for these workshops, go to For questions, please email me at

Rachel Simmons said...

Hi Leslie, Thanks so much for putting the word about the event! We are SO excited to bring GLI programming to Danville. I'm looking forward to meeting you at the event -- thanks so much for helping us connect with peeps in the east bay!

Celia Fae said...

I'm coming. Thanks for the info.

Paige said...

We're all registered! Thanks for posting this.