‘Mean Girls’ au­thor to speak Oct. 17 in Eas­ton

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EAS­TON — The Women & Girls Fund presents an even­ing with Ros­alind Wise­man, au­thor of “Queen Bees and Wannabes,” the ground­break­ing best-sell­ing book that was the ba­sis for the movie and Broad­way play, “Mean Girls.”

The Women & Girls Fund of the Mid-Shore will bring Ros­alind Wise­man, best-sell­ing au­thor and me­dia spokesper­son on young peo­ple’s friend­ships, bul­ly­ing and the use of so­cial me­dia, to the East­ern Shore for an ap­pear­ance at 7 p.m. Wed­nes­day, Oct. 17, at the Avalon The­atre.

The even­ing is made pos­si­ble by sup­port from the pre­sent­ing spon­sors, Dock Street Foun­da­tion and the Hunter Fam­ily.

In­ter­na­tion­ally known for help­ing com­mu­ni­ties trans­form the way they un­der­stand youth culture and cre­ate com­mu­ni­ties where chil­dren can thrive, Wise­man’s pre­sen­ta­tions are en­gag­ing, and in­spire par­ents, young peo­ple and ed­u­ca­tors to build healthy re­la­tion­ships with each other and cre­ate “cul­tures of dig­nity.”

With in­sight and hu­mor, Wise­man of­fers par­ents, mid­dle to high school-age youth and ed­u­ca­tors pos­i­tive ways to nav­i­gate the con­fus­ing world of ado­les­cent culture. She ex­plains how tech­nol­ogy and so­cial me­dia in­flu­ence chil­dren’s self-es­teem, friend­ships and con­flict with other peo­ple.

Us­ing cur­rent re­search, Wise­man pro­vides sug­ges­tions for ef­fec­tive com­mu­ni­ca­tion skills to help par­ents and ed­u­ca­tors avoid com­mon com­mu­ni­ca­tion break­downs and power strug­gles that can de­velop be­tween chil­dren and adults.

Talli Ox­nam, pres­i­dent of the Women & Girls Fund and mother of two teenagers, said she is look­ing for­ward to the Wise­man ap­pear­ance be­cause her top­ics are on the minds of so many par­ents of ado­les­cent and teen chil­dren.

“Find­ing ways to help young peo­ple build self-es­teem, self­worth, and learn team-build­ingskills are top­ics of­ten dis­cussed by our board, so bring­ing Ms. Wise­man to the Mid-Shore is great out­reach,” Ox­nam said. “Grow­ing up in to­day’s culture is chal­leng­ing — and in ways that to­day’s par­ents never faced them­selves.”

Su­san Dil­lon, a Women & Girls Fund board mem­ber, former trus­tee of The Gun­ston School and past Tal­bot County Pub­lic Schools board mem­ber, is chair­ing the event.

“As a par­ent, grand­par­ent and ed­u­ca­tor, I am pas­sion­ate about the emo­tional well-be­ing and de­vel­op­ment of self worth in young peo­ple,” Dil­lon said. “Ros­alind Wise­man’s pre­sen­ta­tion pro­vides us with in­for­ma­tion that helps our youth make strong de­ci­sions when con­fronted with so­cial chal­lenges and which will strengthen their con­fi­dence. I en­cour­age all lo­cal par­ents and their mid­dle to high school-age chil­dren to join us on Oct. 17.”

Fol­low­ing the pro­gram and Q&A ses­sion, Wise­man will sign her books, which will be for sale at the event.

Pro­ceeds from the pro­gram, eighth in the Women & Girls Fund’s Speak­ers Se­ries, will sup­port the Fund’s 2019 grants that ben­e­fit women and girls in the five­county Mid-Shore re­gion. Since

2003, the Women & Girls Fund has granted more than $553,000 to

84 lo­cal non­prof­its. Gen­eral ad­mis­sion tick­ets for the Wise­man pro­gram at the Avalon are $50, and tick­ets for stu­dents (un­der 21) are $25. Reser­va­tions may be made at www.wom­e­nand­girls­fund.org or by mail­ing a check, payable to the Women & Girls Fund, to 102 E. Dover St., Eas­ton, MD 21601. For fur­ther in­for­ma­tion, call 410-770-8347.

ROS­ALIND WISE­MAN

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