Stephanie Simpson

Speech Topics

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.


The workplace can be very draining. Many times we forget that we need to take care of ourselves first so that we can be effective at our jobs. 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.


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.


We all take on many roles in our lives from the workplace to our personal lives with family and friends. Being pulled in so many directions creates UNbalance. At times, we feel we are not being fully realized because we are consumed with supporting others and we forget to FIRST show up fully for ourselves.  In this presentation, you will be guided in steps to finding your authentic self and find the balance that works for YOU.  By building your self-confidence from the inside out, you will begin to show up unapologetically in your life. You will ignite the leader within you and learn tools to empower you both in your personal and professional life.



Stephanie Simpson is a Coach, Speaker, Consultant, Artist, and Educator living in NYC. Using her background in dance, theatre, yoga, mindfulness/meditation, energy work, self psychology, positive psychology, sport psychology, trauma, 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, is a RYT-200 Certified Yoga Instructor, and is currently pursuing an MA in Clinical Psychology with an emphasis in Spirituality, Mind, Body and an Advanced Certificate in Cooperation and Conflict Resolution at Columbia University, Teachers College.

Stephanie is building the Dance and Musical Theatre programs at Riverdale Country School, the head Dance/Performance Coach for My College Audition, 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 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, 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,

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