Dr. Lisa Hinkelman is an educator, counselor, researcher, and author who has spent 15 years researching girls and educating school counselors, first as a professor at The Ohio State University, and currently as the Founder and CEO of Ruling Our eXperiences (ROX). ROX is a national non-profit that provides evidence-based empowerment programming for girls, professional development for school counselors and educators, and research on the critical issues impacting girls. Lisa’s books provide relevant research, case studies, and effective strategies to help adults support the girls in their lives. Focused on building self-esteem, enhancing communication, increasing competence, and addressing gender stereotypes and barriers, Girls Without Limits is currently being utilized by parents, educators, coaches, mentors, helping professionals, and university professors throughout the country.
Dr. Hinkelman is also the principal investigator and author of the groundbreaking publication The Girls’ Index: New Insights Into the Complex World of Today’s Girls. The Girls’ Index reveals the findings from a survey conducted with 11,000 girls across the country and includes girls’ thoughts, behaviors, and beliefs on confidence, body image, relationships, school, social media, careers, and leadership. She also published Girls & Sports: A Girls’ Index Impact Report, Girls & STEM: Decoding Girls’ Futures in an Age of Social Media and Girls, Diversity and The Future. Featured in the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, SXSW, Lean In, The 74 and Education World, The Girls’ Index research provides the most nationally relevant and representative statistics currently available on girls.
Lisa received her undergraduate degrees in Psychology and Education from Chatham College in Pittsburgh, PA and her master’s and doctorate degrees in Counselor Education from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio. Her ROX program is delivered to more than 5,000 girls annually in schools throughout the country. She trains and educates 3,000+ adults each year through professional development workshops, parent symposiums, and conference keynotes on topics including social/emotional learning, stress and pressure, confidence and self-esteem, STEM, sexual harassment/violence, and Title IX, school climate, and gender equity.