Survivor, expert and activist Jodee Blanco is one of the country’s pre-eminent voices on the subject of bullying. She is the author of The New York Times bestselling memoir, Please Stop Laughing At Me . . . One Woman’s Inspirational Story. A chronicle of her years as the student outcast, the book inspired a movement among bullying victims everywhere of all ages--in middle and high schools, on college campuses, at the workplace, and at home, who fill auditoriums and gymnasiums coast to coast to hear Blanco speak on how they too can reclaim their dignity and their lives. Referred to by many as “the anti-bullying bible,” it is required reading in hundreds of middle and high schools and numerous universities and professional organizations throughout the country.
A tireless advocate for the shunned and forgotten, Blanco’s rare understanding of why kids abuse other kids and how that pattern can continue into adulthood, rearing its head at work, at home, in relationships and wreak havoc on virtually every aspect of one’s life, comes from a deep personal place. From fifth grade through the end of high school, she was rejected and tormented by her peers simply for being different and knows first?hand the long-term consequences. As an adult, she decided to go public with her story because she was frustrated with society's misconceptions about bullying, misconceptions that were leading to the loss of lives. As Blanco says to audiences, “no one has the right to abuse you, not your classmates, friends, spouse, family, teachers, co-workers, boss, no one! Standing up for yourself non-violently in the moment abuse occurs is your human right.”
Blanco has been helping the misunderstood, ostracized, and forgotten reclaim that right across America every day. Since the release of Please Stop Laughing At Me . . ., she has committed her life to turning her pain into purpose. Inspired by the thousands of letters and requests she receives for help, she travels around the country sharing her story of forgiveness and triumph. One of the most sought?after keynote/motivational speakers and seminar presenters, Blanco’s talks are redefining the scope of possibilities for curbing suffering in our schools, corporations, and communities worldwide.
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