Meet our Experts

Charlotte Jacobs

Dr. Jacobs is an associate director of the Independent School Teaching Residency program at the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education and co-author of Teaching Girls: How Teachers and Parents Can Reach Their Brains and Hearts. Her research interests focus on issues of identity development and gender in education concerning adolescent girls of color, teacher education and diversity, and youth participatory action research. Dr. Jacobs also serves as the executive director of the Girls Justice League, a non-profit organization supporting the social, educational, and economic rights of girls in Philadelphia. 

An accomplished researcher, writer, and educator, Dr. Jacobs is an expert on the many ways in which girls’ gendered, racial, ethnic, and socioeconomic identities affect their lives at school. Dr. Jacobs works with the Hewitt community to support positive identity development in our girls and young women and consults with our faculty, staff, and parents on how to help students build confidence and a positive sense of self in the face of gender stereotypes.  

Rachel Simmons

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.

Lisa Damour

Lisa Damour, Ph.D. is a psychologist, author, teacher, speaker, consultant, and the executive director of Laurel School’s Center for Research on Girls. She is the author of the award-winning New York Times bestseller Untangled: Guiding Teenage Girls Through the Seven Transitions into Adulthood. Her new book, Under Pressure: Confronting the Epidemic of Stress and Anxiety in Girls, was published in February 2019. Dr. Damour writes the monthly Adolescence column for the Well Family section of The New York Times and is a regular contributor at 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.

Carl Honoré

“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.