Overview 

Our talks are marked by an ability to communicate emotionally and bring a room full of people together. We have reached nearly 100,000 girls in a movement for resiliency, compassion, and leadership.

 

Girls Talk – Love the Skin You're In 

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talk description

Our signature talk, Love the Skin You're In, bonds young women and non-gender-conforming students together in a hard-hitting conversation about body positivity, looks-based competition, media literacy, sexting, and the enduring power of sisterhood. We inspire girls and women beyond the competition and bullying that results from compromising media messages. We teach girls to consciously choose the conversations they entertain inside their minds, to become leaders that build community and sisterhood both within their school walls and online, and most of all, to value themselves for their substance, complexity, and unique humanity so that when they write the stories of their own lives, they are the ones holding the pen. Young women brand this talk as life changing. 

DETAILS

Teaches Media Literacy, Body Positivity, and Connection. Inspires Leadership.

  • Girls and gender non-conforming students
  • Grade 4+ through Collegiate
  • Multiple versions to suit age group
  • Up to 500 Students
  • 75 Minutes
  • Equipment Check List

  

Boys Talk – Seventeen Seconds

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Talk description

After years of successful events for girls, we're turning our attention to include their brothers. Our new guys and coed talks explore the toxic "man up" culture that has arisen out of strait jacket gender constructions – the pressure to appear in control, compete to win, and exert toughness over softer, stereotypically feminine traits like vulnerability and empathy. We explore the polarizing impact objectification can have on our collective well-being and celebrate a common humanity that is free to champion self respect and resiliency. We also examine the pressures young women face and how guys can rally to become their allies. Our talks foster mental health, mindfulness, and group empathy – social-emotional skills youth need in order to thrive personally and become leaders of a more caring, just world. Reach out today to schedule a talk and learn how it takes 17 seconds to become someone's hero. 

DETAILS

Teaches Media Literacy and Body Positivity. Inspires Leadership in the face of Toxic Masculinity.

  • Boys and gender non-conforming students
  • Grade 4+ through Collegiate
  • Multiple versions to suit age group
  • Up to 500 Students
  • 75 Minutes
  • Equipment Check List
 

Co-ed Talk – Tinderized

 
 

talk description

Our new co-ed talk brings students together in a discussion of the industry and media influences that can cause alienation when what we most want is connection and belonging. We nurture mental health by discussing media portrayals, gender construction, and peer bullying intervention, and invite students to turn away from the habit of objectification and see themselves and one another as full human beings. The best of our girls talk and our boys talk, Tinderized is a good option for schools unable to book the girls and boys only talks which are our recommendation given that gender norms are so ingrained and students tend to feel back stage amongst their own and on-stage in the presence of one another. While they advocate coed events, please note that non-gender-conforming students have offered very positive feedback to our girls only talks. Check our testimonials for their feedback on the girls talk.

DETAILS

Teaches Media Literacy, Body Positivity, and Connection. Inspires Leadership.

  • All students
  • Grade 4/5, then 9 through Collegiate
  • Multiple versions to suit age group
  • Up to 500 Students
  • 75 Minutes
  • Equipment Check List
 

Parent Talk – Love the Skin They're In

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talk description

We are building a network in which no student falls through the cracks. Love the Skin They’re In engages parents in  conversations at the heart of girl culture such as body image, dieting, hyper sexualization, sexting and looks-based competition. Participants learn the benefits of protective factors such as the dad/daughter connection and resilience-building factors such as empathy, yoga, mindfulness and communicating with compassion.  Fostering interpersonal and intra-personal connection, the parent workshop is grounded in creating a sense of belonging, and highlighting socio-emotional life practices that work. Together, we can bring the message home to our daughters that our voices, imaginations and authentic contributions are more important than how they look. Co-ed parent events express the importance of keeping a wide emotional spectrum and celebrating young mens strength as indistinguishable from being leaders for social justice. It takes a village so we're making one.

RECOMMENDED READING LIST FOR PARENTS:

So Sexy So Soon by Jean Kilbourne 

I'm Just Like So Fat by Diane Neumark-Sztainer, PhD

American Girls – Social Media and the Secret Lives of Teenagers

BOOKS TO READ WITH YOUR DAUGHTER:

The Beauty Myth by Naomi Wolf

Girls and Sex by Peggy Orenstein

The Body Image Workbook for Teens: Activities to Help Girls Develop a Healthy Body Image in an Image-Obsessed World by Julia Taylor and Melissa Wardy

The Chalice and the Blade by Riane Eisler (18+)

DOCUMENTARIES AND MOVIES YOU CAN WATCH TOGETHER:

Embrace

Miss Representation

The Mask You Live In

The True Cost

Moana

Mona Lisa Smile

Corporate Events

DETAILS

Teaches protective factors and mental health and resliency building strategies to parents.

  • Parents
  • Multiple versions to suit demographic
  • 75 Minutes
  • Equipment Check List

TALK DESCRIPTION

Brie engages adult audiences in dynamic transformation from the capricious tyranny of image to the enduring beauty of the heart. Her corporate talk challenges how we see ourselves and inspires us beyond the smoke and mirrors of media messaging landing participants in a place of levity and self-acceptance. Championing the merits of bodily movement and making sustaining food choices, from a place of self-honouring, Brie challenges audiences to embrace self compassion and upload a new operating system marked by positive inner dialogue and a sense of humour. Brie has spoken at Bay Area TEDx (above image), York Region, and various women's conferences.  

What Women Say:

The speaker was fun, informative and inspired me to love me - all of me!

How women can unite to advocate as in the "not buying it;" and how we can support each other instead of working against each other.

The speaker was funny and engaging. It was just the right level of touching and inspiring for me. :)

That she not only made us think, she let us know that we can do something about changing the way  society promotes unhealthy standards.

 

DETAILS

Teaches Media Literacy, Body Positivity, and Connection. Inspires Partnership-Style Leadership with Levity and Compassion.  

  • Women and Co-Ed Talks
  • Multiple versions to suit age group
  • Up to 500 Students
  • 75 Minutes
  • Equipment Check List

PRESENTATION NEEDS

To ensure a continuing smooth experience, we would greatly appreciate your mindful attention to the following steps, as experience has taught us that they are key to building a successful event. We recommend a 75 minute block for this talk, but can be flexible with the length. School talks are suitable for 500 students. Corporate events are suitable for 1000+.

Preparation and Equipment Checklist for Schools