• Guiding people to achieve their greatest potential by connecting the mind, body & spirit.

Stephanie Simpson is a Coach, Speaker, Artist, and Educator living in NYC. She is the Director of Coaching at Riverdale Country School and the author of the "21 Day Stress Management Workbook: A Holistic, Interactive Guide to Re-Defining Your Relationship to Stress.” Drawing on her background in movement, meditation, trauma, and psychology, she partners with people and businesses/organizations to achieve their greatest potential by nurturing the connection between the mind, body, and spirit. Skilled at holding space so that people and businesses can get clear on their purpose and align their purpose with their goals, Stephanie empowers her clients to live courageously and to the fullest.

An RYT-200 Hour Certified Yoga Instructor, Stephanie holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Emerson College, an MFA in Dance Performance/Choreography from Smith College, and an MA in the Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Spirituality, Mind, Body and a focus in Organizational Change from Columbia University, Teachers College. Her research focuses on fear and stress management, embodied leadership, group development, engagement/purpose, and creativity/innovation. She is a member of the International Coaching Federation (ICF), a Master Practitioner in the Energy Leadership Index Assessment, and is a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) through the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching, iPEC, an ICF accredited coach training program.

Stephanie works with clients (individuals, groups, and teams) in a variety of industries: Finance, Education, Technology, Performing/Creative Arts, Health Care, and Start-Up/Entrepreneurship. She is the Director of Coaching for an independent K-12 private school and is on the coaching teams for Medley and My College Audition, a preferred Alumni Career Coach for TC Next - Columbia University, Teachers College, and collaborator with Graydin. In addition, she is on faculty at John Jay College of Criminal Justice and one of the Co-Founders/Artistic Directors of Reject Dance Theatre, a professional modern dance and education company based in NYC and Boston.

She is a Keynote Speaker, Workshop Facilitator, and Consultant for businesses globally, including Columbia University, Teachers College, Speakers Who Dare, National Dance Education Organization, New England Inn & Resorts Association, New York State Association of Independent Schools, National At-Risk Education Network, South Windsor Public Schools, National Council of Teachers of English, The Lovett Learning Institute, Tsinglan School, and wellness events throughout the country.

Stephanie has been a guest on many podcasts, is a freelance meditation writer for The Shine App, and has been published on several virtual platforms including Elephant Journal, “Finding the (Self) Love of a Lifetime” and Body Mind Love, “Running Back to Myself.” Additional media can be found on her website,

Speech topics

Redefining Your Relationship With Stress: Creating A Practice That Works For You

We all experience and feel stress in different ways - from navigating how to work from home, being an effective leader or manager, caring for your family, staying connected to your community, or starting a new chapter in your life. Many times, we forget that we need to take care of ourselves first in order to do all those other things successfully. Most of the time, we view stress negatively. However, not all stress is negative. In fact, in order for us to perform optimally, research has shown that a certain amount of stress is needed.

By creating a strong personal foundation, one can deal with adversity more easily, make decisions more clearly, perform more optimally, and maintain personal balance more effectively. In this workshop, Stephanie Simpson discusses the physical, psychological, and physiological effects of stress, the positive and negative effects of stress, the relationship between stress and peak performance, and introduces several stress management tools and techniques from Sport Psychology, Positive Psychology, and Mindfulness. Participants are empowered to create their own stress management practice that can be integrated into their daily routines.

If you can re-define how you respond to stress, you can build a new relationship with it; one where stress becomes a facilitating partner in your life, not a debilitating one.

Artists Can Save the World

Using voice and movement, Stephanie Simpson elevates the daring declaration that artists can save the world by showing us that we are all artists at heart. Tapping into our individual creative selves, we become more innovative problem solvers and effective critical thinkers capable of creating deeper, more meaningful relationships both in and out of the workplace. With insight and grace, Stephanie paints a picture of what’s possible if we all activate the artist within, and issues the invitation to save the world together.

Being a Resilient Student Amidst Transition

Transitions are a natural part of life. However with transition comes Change. Change is hard; it is usually accompanied with uncertainty which can lead to worry, fear, anxiety, and stress. Unaddressed, these feelings can lead to disengagement and a lack of connection which can result in underperformance in the classroom, on the stage, on the field, and in life in general.

Fortunately, there are effective skills and tools that can assist students in building a strong foundation which allows them to be more resilient and navigate adversity more easily. Drawing on her background in Arts Education, Psychology, Mindfulness, and Trauma-Informed practices, Stephanie offers tools from Sport Psychology, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, and Yoga. These techniques empower students with more self-confidence, a stronger sense of self/voice, and a Self Care practice that can be integrated into their daily routines both in and out of the classroom.

Creating a Coach-Like Culture: A Toolkit to Support Employee Engagement and Wellbeing

In today’s professional world, we are required to wear many hats. All these roles require us to engage with others in a deep and meaningful way. This can be challenging and sometimes exhausting. Coaching is a toolkit that provides us with new skills that can support us personally and professionally. A Coach-Like Culture is one that supports a diverse community where all participants feel included and valued. In this workshop, you will be introduced to the concept of coaching and its many applications. You will leave with concrete skills to help you communicate more effectively, navigate challenges more efficiently, create an environment that supports diversity, equity, and inclusion, and achieve goals more easily.

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