Professional Development

Girl Meets World

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Who should attend the training?

  • Are you an educator, clinician, coach, academic, or social justice advocate working with girls and young women?
  • Interested in knowing the latest research, interventions, and tools to support the girls you work with?
  • Eager to learn from two of the nation’s top experts on the social-emotional development of girls?
If so, Rachel Simmons and Simone Marean would like to extend a very special invitation for you to join them at their renowned Girl Meets World Professional Development Training.

Simone Marea 

What is the Girl Meets World Professional Development Training?

Girl Meets World (GMW) is an intensive three-day training program taught by social entrepreneurs and girl experts Rachel Simmons and Simone Marean designed to equip participants with the latest research, tools, and interventions to support girls’ social-emotional development. For over ten years, this GMW curriculum has been taught at locations such as Girl’s Leadership’s Summer Program and other settings across the world including the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls.



Participants Will:

  • Become certified to teach the Girl Meets World curriculum;
  • Learn the latest research on girls’ development and psychological aggression;
  • Practice leading activities and receive coaching and feedback;
  • Learn how to create a learning environment in which girls can be themselves;
  • Share strategies and experiences with colleagues from around the country;
  • Learn Girls Leadership’s unique games and activities;
  • Receive one copy of the curriculum.


Training Schedule

Day 1 – 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM

10:00 Introduction, Community Building & “Good Girls vs. Real Girls”
11:30 Using Role Play with Students
1:00 Lunch
2:15 I Feel, Therefore I Am: Building Emotional Intelligence in Girls
4:00 The End of Blame: Teaching Ownership and Responsibility

Happy Hour 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Day 2 –  10:00 AM — 4:00 PM

10:00 The Power of Play and Being Silly with Girls
11:00 The Four Steps: Healthy Conflict & Interpersonal Efficacy
12:00 Doing It: Strategies for Optimal Instruction
1:00 Lunch
2:00 Nobody’s Perfect: Girls & Self Image
3:00 Teaching Preparation in Partners

Day 3 –  9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

9:00 Warm-Up
9:45 Teaching Practice with Coaching
12:00 Closing and Evaluations
1:00 Goodbye!


Registration and Eligibility

To participate, you must meet at least one of the following criteria:

  • Employment by a school or youth services organization
  • Employment as a clinician working with youth, including private practice
  • Formal volunteer position with a youth services organization, such as Girl Scout troop leader

If you have any questions about eligibility, please call our office at (410) 878-2258, ext. 1 or email

Please be advised that registration does not guarantee enrollment. You will be notified of your application’s status within two weeks of its submission. If your application is not accepted, we will refund your program fee. Applications are processed in the order received. Please be advised that certification to teach Girl Meets World does not authorize individuals to sell the program or train others to teach it.


Girl Meets World Spring 2017


  • Stanford University, Stanford, CA
  • February 27, 28 and March 1, 2017
  • In partnership with Youcubed


$940 for three-day training. Tuition fee includes one copy of the Girl Meets World curriculum.

To apply for a scholarship for this training, please click here.

Training includes:

  • Lunch and refreshments each day
  • Continental breakfast all three days
  • Evening Happy Hour on day one
  • One copy of the curriculum

Cancellation Policy

No credits or refunds are available within 30 days of the start of the program.


We recommend Residence Inn Palo Alto/Menlo Park. Many of our participants from out of town will be staying at this location. Additionally, if you would like to look into other accommodations, please click here for an extensive list of recommended hotels from Stanford University’s website. Participants are not obligated to stay at the hotel listed above, and are welcome to make their own arrangements.

Dress Code

Dress for comfort and play. Please, no heels or restrictive clothing.


What Others Are Saying About Girl Meets World:

“This workshop was extremely hands-on and productive. I walked away with concrete models of what to turnkey to my teachers; that is a rarity at most education workshops. Playing games is something most adults never have time for – this workshop was a true reminder that we all need to laugh, take risks, and step outside the box, especially if we want our children to do so.” – Tara

“Intelligent, intense workshops with outstanding leadership facilitators.” – Sally

“Amazing. Chance of a lifetime. You read a book then work in a small group with the author – incredible opportunity. Rachel, so down to earth. Simone, majorly talented and gifted in the arts.” – Leanne

“It’s been awesome! We love having a tool that is so effective.” – Sonia

“It was a great way to interface with other like minded individuals while learning a fantastic curriculum.” – Vicki

“An important aspect of growth that often gets overlooked. Taught in a concise and hands on way.” – Arielle