Meet our Experts

Rachel Simmons

As Hewitt’s Girls’ Research Scholar in Residence, Rachel Simmons works with faculty throughout the year on strategic projects to support young women’s leadership development, social media engagement, parent education and partnership, and our girl-centric learning culture.

Rachel Simmons is the author of the New York Times bestsellers Odd Girl Out: The Hidden Culture of Aggression in Girls, and The Curse of the Good Girl: Raising Authentic Girls with Courage and Confidence. The cofounder of Girls Leadership, she is an experienced curriculum writer and educator. Rachel is a regular contributor to Good Morning America and TIME, and her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Atlantic, and Slate.

As Hewitt’s Girls’ Research Scholar in Residence, Rachel Simmons works with faculty throughout the year on strategic projects to support young women’s leadership development, social media engagement, parent education and partnership, and our girl-centric learning culture. A leading expert on girls’ social-emotional wellness, Simmons works regularly with our faculty, students, and families, and generates custom-designed programming for the Hewitt community.

At Hewitt, Rachel has been charged with converting cutting edge research on girls into parent education, professional development modules, and classroom curriculum. An expert commentator on popular culture as it affects and is shaped by girls, Rachel translates developments in popular culture—especially social media—to keep the Hewitt community informed and up to date on trends affecting girls’ development. Rachel’s work at Hewitt centers on developing a girl’s “inner resume:” the traits and skills she needs for emotional intelligence, self-advocacy, healthy risk taking, and resilience. Finally, Rachel is working to expose and connect Hewitt to thought leaders on girls and young women, thereby helping Hewitt redefine what a girls’ school education means today.

Carl Honoré

Carl Honoré’s work with the Hewitt community has influenced the development of a new schedule and wellness programming in support of mindful learning, and his workshops for “slow parenting in the fast city” are a key part of Hewitt’s parent education program.

“Slow movement” expert Carl Honoré, is the author of many books, including In Praise of Slow: How a Worldwide Movement is Challenging the Cult of Speed. An award-winning writer, broadcaster and TED speaker, Honoré travels the world teaching individuals and organizations how to power forward by slowing down.

Honoré’s work with the Hewitt community has influenced the development of a new schedule and wellness programming in support of mindful learning, and his workshops for “slow parenting in the fast city” are a key part of Hewitt’s parent education program. In 2016, Honoré joined Hewitt’s Board of Trustees, where he serves as an important reminder to us all of the need to live life fully, slowly, and deeply rather than succumbing to the fast pace of the city and world today.
 

Lisa Damour

An expert on the social-emotional and cognitive development of girls and young women, Dr. Lisa Damour collaborates regularly with the Hewitt community, drawing on years of clinical experience and the latest research to provide sound, practical guidance to our families, faculty, and staff.

Lisa Damour, Ph.D. is a psychologist, author, teacher, speaker, and consultant who directs Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls. She is the author of the New York Times bestseller Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood, and is a regular contributor to the New York Times’ Well Family online report and CBS News. 

An expert on the social-emotional and cognitive development of girls and young women, Dr. Damour collaborates regularly with the Hewitt community, drawing on years of clinical experience and the latest research to provide sound, practical guidance to our families, faculty, and staff. At Hewitt, she works closely with lower school teachers to prepare for parent conferences and with middle school advisors on supporting parents and students with healthy, actionable feedback. In the upper school, she has led workshops for students on stress, healthy romantic choices, and the transition to college. Dr. Damour speaks with Hewitt families each year on strategies for raising healthy and whole girls and young women.