Empathy & the UnSelfie Revolution

Empathy, Prosocial Development and Raising UnSelfies


1. “Empathy is a Verb”

Of course, we want our kids to be successful and happy, but stirring new research says we may be missing what matters most in helping kids thrive: empathy! And teens today are 40 percent less empathetic than they were just a generation ago; narcissism has increased 58 percent.

But empathy can be cultivated in children, starting even before they can talk, and you’ll learn compelling research that explains how to impart this key skill to our kids.

Culled from 30 years of research and traveling the world to find the best solutions, Dr. Borba shares why empathy is a skill that’s vital for children’s mental health, resilience, leadership skills, and job success, and inspiring stories of successful, happy kids who also are kind, moral, courageous, and resilient (and how their parents helped raise them). from her latest book, UnSelfie: Why Empathetic Kids Succeed in Our All-About-Me World, is a call to action to transform the way we parent and educate our children.

Of course, Michele still speaks on empathy, character, social-emotional learning and bullying prevention. Here are her most requested talks. If you’d like a related topic or something specific, it can be arranged.

2. Teaching Empathy: Why the Other Side of the Report Card Is a Must for Student Success (Educator Keynote)

Empathy is often sidelined as a “soft skill.” Dr. Borba offers hard evidence that it must become an educational and societal priority. In this game-changing presentation, you’ll learn why creating empathetic, inclusive climates as the foundation for learning is the smartest strategy for ending the cycle of youth violence.

You’ll also learn why empathy is one of the most important skills that 21st century learners will need to thrive in a complex, global, digitally-driven world. Dr. Borba shares how educators around the globe weave empathy-building practices into existing lessons and help students to develop empathic mindsets in a test-driven culture (that doesn’t always value it.)

This inspiring keynote is guaranteed to be informative and filled with practical ways to create positive outcomes by cultivating empathy in your classroom and school.

3. Direct from TEDx- Empathy is a Verb: Lessons for Success in the Digital Age (Educators and Community Keynote)

What can businesses, organizations, institutions of higher learning and associations learn from the latest science on empathy? Plenty. Especially in today’s plugged-in world of virtual workplaces, electronic communications and increasing personal disconnection.

Dr. Borba points out that we’re all born hard-wired to care, but like all human qualities, empathy must be constantly activated.

The habits that achieve this also make us more effective leaders, insightful managers, collaborative colleagues, and compassionate community members. Drawn from her inspiring TEDx talk, Dr. Borba shows us how to use the “Empathy Advantage” to build valuable social capital within our organizations and with customers, patients, donors, and students.

Her motivating presentation is a reminder that being more empathetic makes our workforce stronger, our communities more stable, our stakeholders more engaged, and all of our relationships longer lasting.

4. How to Teach the 9 Essential Empathy Habits (Educators or Parents)

Empathy activates conscience, curbs bullying, reduces prejudice and promotes moral courage, the foundation to trust, the benchmark of humanity and core to everything that makes a society civilized. But empathy is also diminishing in our students: a 40 percent drop in the last 30 years.

For students to be truly “successful,” they also need to be able to put themselves in someone else’s shoes and think “WE” not “ME.” This inspiring address offers ways to teach students vital habits that will increase empathy and reduce bullying while improving their academic performance and character.

You’ll learn cutting-edge science that proves those gains, and you’ll leave with dozens of simple, practical strategies can be easily applied to any subject or grade level and make a difference on our students’ lives.

5. How to Raise Caring, Successful Kids in a Plugged-In, Uncertain, Trophy-Driven World: Practical, Proven Ways to Raise Good Kids (Parents)

Today’s parents are dealing with technology and digitally driven challenges that no previous generation has faced. What really matters in raising successful, happy, compassionate and socially responsible children in a hyper-competitive, plugged-in world?

Dr. Borba cites the latest research to identify nine crucial habits and one invaluable life skill: empathy. In this game-changing “how to” presentation for parents, you’ll learn proven strategies to give your child the Empathy Advantage and cultivate their social and moral competence.

You’ll also learn common-sense ways to nurture the core habits of self-control, courage, collaboration, perspective-taking and leadership — the very qualities that colleges and employers say they’re seeking.

This session is guaranteed to change the way you think about raising kids in today’s complex world.

To book a speaking event:
Laura Oberman