“My work is inspired by two questions, How can I help kids and families thrive? and What do I wish I’d known when I was a kid?

Jessica Speer, M.S.S

Jessica’s writing focuses on helping kids and families navigate their social and emotional worlds with more awareness and skill. Whether it’s uncomfortable emotions, social struggles, or navigating the unknown, she loves to explore the stuff that brings out the best and worst in us.  

Her first book, BFF or NRF (Not Really Friends)? Girls Guide to True Friendships, will be released in 2021. This book grew out of her Project Friendships program that helps kids develop healthy friendship skills.

In addition to writing and leading programs, she’s an adjunct faculty member of Colorado Mountain College. She has a Master’s Degree in Social Sciences and lives in the beautiful mountains of Colorado with her husband and two daughters.

“Relationships are where life really happens. Through relationships, including our relationship with ourselves,…we connect, we mess up, we grow and we learn to be our best.

Inspiring Thought Leaders:

Brene Brown (Daring to Lead, Daring Greatly, The Gifts of Imperfection, Rising Strong)

John Gottman (Raising an Emotionally Intelligent Child)

Rachel Simmons (Enough as She Is, Odd Girl Out, The Curse of the Good Girl)

Rosalind Wiseman (Masterminds & Wingmen, Queen Bees & Wannabes, Queen Bee Moms & Kingpin Dads)

Favorite Children’s Authors & Books:

Trudy Ludwig (My Secret Bully, Confessions of a Former Bully, Sorry, Too Perfect)

Kate DeCamillo (Because of Winn Dixie, Flora & Ulysses)

Jerry Spinelli (Stargirl, Love Stargirl)

RJ Palacio (Wonder)