Raising Thrivers, Building Resilience

Dr. Borba’s Latest Speeches on Raising Thrivers

Listed are the most requested topics for Dr. Borba, but because every presentation is customized if you desire something different we should talk.

Dr. Borba’s presentations range from 20-minute TED style talks, one-hour keynotes, full day or weeklong workshops, question and answer sessions, or any other format you desire. Michele’s programs are research-based and always focus on providing practical and immediately usable strategies.

1. Thrivers: What Really Helps Kids Find Happiness Today & Success Tomorrow (Keynote)

Michele Borba has been a teacher, educational consultant, and parent for over 40 years and proud grandparent. She empowers all of us by providing skills that allow us to support the current generation of kids. The bestselling author of UnSelfie explains why the old markers of accomplishment are no longer reliable predictors of success in the 21st century — and offers proven traits that will safeguard our kids for what lies ahead.

The high-achieving students she talks with every day are more accomplished, better educated, and more privileged than ever before. But many are also more stressed, unhappier, and struggling with anxiety, depression, and burnout at younger and younger ages.

Thrivers are different: they flourish in our fast-paced, digital-driven, often uncertain world. Why? Dr. Borba found the difference between those who struggle and those who succeed comes down to the personal traits that set Thrivers apart and set them up for happiness as well as greater potential later in life.

In her newest book and in her speeches, Dr. Borba offers practical, actionable ways to develop these Thrivers traits from preschool through high school and show how to teach kids how to cope today so they can thrive tomorrow. 

2. Thrivers: 7 Teachable Traits to Ensure Students’ Happiness AND Lifelong Success (For Educators)

This session (one hour to a full day) focuses on seven traits students need to be mentally strong and more successful in school and life. Data shows that today’s youth are the loneliest, most stressed, and risk averse on record.

Though well-educated, they are failing to launch in real life. New research says seven traits are key in helping kids thrive. Dr Borba shares details about each necessary trait from perseverance to curiosity and will explain how all seven traits combine to ensure happiness and success in life.

All traits are teachable, do not require another program or investment. You’ll not only learn about research showing why each trait is critical for academic success and personal success, but also how these traits help to improve mental health and resilience.

Michele will provide dozens of practical ways to weave those lessons into existing content so all kids thrive.

3. Raising Thrivers: Parenting Tips and Tools to Help Kids Thrive in An Anxious, Uncertain World (For Community)

Our kids are the smartest on record, but also the loneliest, most stressed, risk averse, and depressed. It’s why we must rethink our parenting so they can thrive in an anxious, uncertain world.

The good news is that thrivers are made, not born. In this thought-provoking session, you’ll learn seven traits that science says matter most in happiness and success (even more than IQ and grades) and help kids thrive both now and later.

You’ll learn how to help your child cope with everyday frustrations as well as bigger challenges, solve problems and develop resourcefulness, bounce-back from failure, develop an optimistic spirit, and recognize their unique passion to increase authentic confidence.

This session offers hands-on tools to raise successful, self-reliant, and less-pressured kids who thrive in school and life.

4. How to Help the Pandemic Generation Thrive Now & Later (For Educators & Parents)

These are unprecedented times but how do we help our students? Dr. Borba explains why empathy and resilience are core when educators and parents are considering how to help their children before and after school.

You’ll learn the 4 crucial C’s-caring, connection, coping and cultivate hope that our Pandemic Generation needs to help children overcome adversity, be more resilient and learn skills they will need both now and later. You’ll hear a range of support options from how to: rebuild personal connection after experiencing disconnection, teach coping strategies, minimize anxiety and stretch focusing, and so much more!

Most important, you’ll leave with strategies to improve school performance as well as help kids become thrivers both now and later. All are no cost, easy to implement and evidence-based to create protective factors for our pandemic kids.

5. RAISING UNSELFIES! Why Empathy Is Key to Real Success, Happiness, and Resilience and Proven Ways to Nurture It In Kids

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).

Best yet, you’ll learn dozens of easy ways to help your child learn simple habits that cultivate empathy and instill kindness, courage, and confidence. Dr. Borba’s revolutionary new framework for nurturing empathy from her latest book, Unselfie, is a call to action to transform the way we parent.

Empathetic kids will thrive in the future, but the seeds of success must be planted today—one empathetic habit at a time.

This session will show you those essential steps and dozens of ways to nurture them in children from toddler to teen.

6. How to Raise Caring, Successful Kids in a Plugged-In, Trophy-Driven COVID World: Practical, Proven Ways to Raise Good Kids

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 habits of self-control, courage, collaboration, perspective-taking and leadership––the very qualities that give kids the success edge in school and relationships as well as what 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.

7. Empathy is a Verb: Lessons for Success in the Digital, Uncertain Age (Direct from TEDX)

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.

8. UnSpoiled: How to Raise Independent Kids in an Over-Indulged Age *The 7 Secrets of Self-Sufficient Thrivers – and How Any Child Can Learn Them (For Educators & Parents)

Kids today are more stressed, more indulged, yet less ready to take on the world than any other generation – that’s the problem. These kids aren’t ready to launch. They’ve been coddled and “snowplow-parented” their whole lives.

After all, that’s what parents THINK they need to do to give their kids a leg-up in a hypercompetitive world: give them every advantage, make it “easy” for them, and help them succeed, no matter what it costs. Parents believe they are helping their kids by overindulging them and making things easy … but in fact they’re raising kids who don’t have the basic tools to survive and thrive in the 21st century.

What these kids need isn’t more help, it’s LESS. They need to cultivate independence. But as strange as it seems, no one is teaching kids how to build these skills – or showing parents how to instill them.

This program speaks directly to parents who desperately want to do this (but don’t know how to back off without letting their kids slide) and to educators who know self-sufficiency is what students really need (but struggle to get parents and even kids to get with the program).


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