GPS Presents Special Guest Speaker Rosalind Wiseman

Thursday, March 7, at 7 p.m., in GPS Frierson Theatre
How do we, as adults, help children and teens build positive relationships among each other and create a culture where each person has a responsibility to treat themselves and others with dignity? How can we—the adults who know and love these young people—create a culture that best supports and uplifts them while modeling that behavior ourselves?

The answers do not always intuitively come to us, especially in situations that are charged with emotions.

Therefore we are so pleased to host Rosalind Wiseman, the founder of Cultures of Dignity, this Thursday at 7 p.m., in GPS Frierson Theatre. Wiseman is a multiple The New York Times best-selling author, teacher, thought leader, and media spokesperson on bullying, ethical leadership, social media usage, and media literacy. Her one job since college has been to help our communities shift the way we think about children and teens’ emotional and physical well-being.

Each year Wiseman works with tens of thousands of students, educators, parents, counselors, coaches, and administrators to help them to create Cultures of Dignity—communities based on the belief that each person has a responsibility to treat themselves and others with dignity.

“We are thrilled to welcome a speaker of Ms. Wiseman’s caliber to our campus,” says Dr. Autumn A. Graves, GPS Head of School. “We are optimistic that her insights will foster meaningful dialogue not only on our campus but also throughout the Chattanooga community.”

Wiseman offers proven tactics on how to best navigate civil discourse and encourages real dialogue in times of conflict—a tall order in our often polarized culture. She notes the ill-advised handling of confrontation through snarky comments online rather than face-to-face; or the idea that our right to express ourselves—often anonymously—is more important than our right to treat others with consideration.

In doing so, she addresses some of the most pressing issues facing adolescents, such as cyberbullying and alarming rates of anxiety and depression, and offers suggestions on how adults who know and love teens can create a culture that best supports and uplifts them while modeling that behavior themselves.

For this public event, Wiseman will explore topics such as creating cultures of dignity, encouraging bystander courage, and fostering community. Due to anticipated large crowds, guests are encouraged to register at
On Friday, March 8, at 7:30 a.m., Wiseman will again present in Frierson Theatre to GPS faculty and invited area educators on how to help students in moments of discomfort while not shutting down discourse or the exchange of ideas. Wiseman will then give a special presentation to GPS students, tailoring her presentation specifically to topics most relevant to Middle and Upper School girls.

National media regularly depend on Wiseman as the expert on ethical leadership, media literacy, youth culture, parenting, and bullying prevention. She is a frequent guest on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, Anderson Cooper 360, and NPR affiliates throughout the country and has been profiled in The New York Times, People, Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Washington Post, and USA Today.

She is the author of Queen Bees and Wannabes: Helping Your Daughter Survive Cliques, Gossip, Boyfriends, and the New Realities of Girl WorldThe New York Times best-selling book that was the basis for the movie and Broadway musical Mean Girls and in 2016 was fully revised for a third edition.

Wiseman’s other publications include The New York Times best-seller Masterminds & Wingmen: Helping Our Boys Cope with Schoolyard Power, Locker-Room Tests, Girlfriends, and the New Rules of Boy World, which addresses the social lives of boys and was awarded Best Parenting Book by Books for a Better Life in 2014. She also wrote The Guide with the help of teen boys around the country. Her most recent publication is the Owning Up: Empowering Adolescents to Confront Social Cruelty, Bullying, and Injustice Curriculum—the flexible, dynamic, comprehensive social justice program for grades 6-12 which is in widespread use across the country.