STEPHANIE SIMPSON

• 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. Using her background in dance/theatre, yoga, mindfulness/meditation, psychology, and conflict resolution, she guides people to achieve their greatest potential by connecting the mind, body, and spirit, working through their fears, and empowering them to overcome obstacles.

She holds a BA in Interdisciplinary Studies from Emerson College, an MFA in Dance Performance/Choreography from Smith College, an MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Spirituality, Mind, Body and a concentration in Organizational Psychology from Columbia University, Teachers College, is a RYT-200 Certified Yoga Instructor, and is currently an iPEC coaching certification candidate .

In addition to speaking and coaching, Stephanie is the Dance Program Director at Riverdale Country School, the head Dance/Performance Coach and Mental Training Coach for My College Audition, an Acceptd Company, 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 has presented, led workshops, and consulted for many businesses and schools all over the country including Speakers Who Dare, National Dance Education Organization, National Council of Teachers of English, The Lovett Learning Institute, National At-Risk Education Network, South Windsor Public Schools, The New England Inn and Resorts Association, New York State Association of Independent Schools, and several wellness retreats.

Stephanie has been published on Elephant Journal, “Finding the (Self) Love of a Lifetime,” and Body Mind Love, “Running Back to Myself.” Additional blogs/writings can be found on her website, www.stephanie-simpson.com

Speech topics

Redefining Your Relationship with Stress (or sometimes it's called Stress Management: Creating a Practice that Works for You)

The past few months have been new territory for all of us. We are navigating how to work from home, manage in a remote environment, care for our families, and stay connected to our communities. Many times, we forget that we need to take care of ourselves first in order to do all those other things successfully.

In this workshop, Stephanie Simpson will discuss the physical, psychological, and physiological effects of stress, the positive and negative effects of stress, the relationship between stress and peak performance, and will introduce several stress management tools. Participants will then be empowered to create their own stress management practice that can be integrated into their daily routines.

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.

You’re a Leader, Now What?

Being a successful leader is not an easy task. Whether you are an executive, a manager, a project leader, a superintendent, a coach of a team, or the chairperson of a community group, it is important that we elicit high productivity from our followers. In this presentation, Stephanie discusses the different styles of leadership necessary to be effective along with tools in conflict resolution and how to create and develop a cohesive, high performing team. In addition, since proper goal setting is the key to seeing the needed changes implemented, Stephanie will guide participants in constructing smart goals, identifying distractions, and introduce techniques to overcome the obstacles and stay the course.

Stress Management 101: Working With Stress Will Bring You Success!

We all experience and feel stress in different ways. 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. Using tools and techniques from Sport Psychology, Positive Psychology, and Mindfulness, participants will be guided through short exercises to create their own daily practice that works for them. If we can re-define how we respond to stress, we can build a new relationship with it; one where stress becomes a facilitating partner in our lives, not a debilitating one.

The Mindful Student

Social and Academic anxiety has increasingly become a disorder among adolescents. Unaddressed, anxiety can lead to underperformance in the classroom, on the stage, on the field, and in life. Fortunately, effective coping skills can assist students in controlling and overcoming these obstacles. We can become advocates for better mental health by exposing and helping our students develop their own mindfulness practice. Mindfulness techniques can empower our students with more self-confidence, a stronger sense of self/voice, and a practice that can be used both inside and outside the classroom. In this presentation, Stephanie offer tools from Sport Psychology, Positive Psychology, Mindfulness, and Yoga and shares how they can be implemented into the school curriculum.

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