Alexandra Robbins is the author of five New York Times bestselling books, is an investigative reporter and a winner of the prestigious John Bartlow Martin Award for Public Interest Magazine Journalism, given by the Medill School of Journalism. She is a contributing editor at both Marie Claire and Washingtonian magazines.
Alexandra’s books include The Overachievers, a New York Times Editors’ Choice and People magazine Critics’ Choice; and The Geeks Shall Inherit the Earth, which was voted Best Nonfiction Book of the Year in the Goodreads Choice Awards, the only people’s choice awards for books. The Geeks also won a Books for a Better Life Award.
Alexandra’s latest New York Times bestseller, The Nurses: A Year of Secrets, Drama, and Miracles with the Heroes of the Hospital (2015) is described as “a page-turner possessing all the twists and turns of a brilliantly told narrative.”
Once hailed by the press as “One of, if not the most, widely read journalists under age 35” and “an excellent stylist and a first-rate mind,” Alexandra has written for several publications, including The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal, Vanity Fair, The Washington Post, Forbes, and The Atlantic. She regularly appears on national television on shows such as 60 Minutes, The Today Show, Oprah, The View, CNN News and The Colbert Report and has appeared as an on-air expert on hundreds of other shows on dozens of networks.
Alexandra is also an in-demand public speaker, particularly in healthcare, education, and young adult communities. She is a past recipient of the Heartsongs Award for “Contributions to the mental health of children and young adults.” She is also the winner of the 2016 Best Single Article of the Year award (Media Industry News); a 2016 recipient of an Exceptional Merit in Media Award (National Women’s Political Caucus); the winner of the 2014 Donald Robinson Memorial Award for Investigative Journalism, the 2014 June Roth Award for Medical Journalism, the 2014 Robert D.G. Lewis Watchdog Award (the Society of Professional Journalists Washington, D.C. Chapter’s highest journalistic award) and a finalist for the 2014 Gerald Loeb Awards for Distinguished Business and Financial Journalism.
An ardent public speaker, Alexandra is available to speak about subjects relating to any of her books.
Speaking & Consulting
Alexandra has 20 years of experience delivering inspiring, motivational, entertaining, and informative keynote lectures; dinner talks; commencement addresses; evening talks and daytime assemblies to high school, middle school, K-12, and college audiences; conference lectures, workshops, and seminars; company and association awards ceremony addresses; talks to synagogues, churches, and youth groups; and more. She is happy to craft a talk suited to your organization’s needs. She is also available for consulting.
“Ms. Robbins has built her career giving voice and shape to the lives of teenagers.”
– The New York Times
Parent/student evening talks and educator/conference keynotes:
“Boys Will Be <boys> Good Humans: What Parents – and Students of Both Genders – Should Know About Young Men, Drinking, Sex, and The College Social Scene”
Want to discuss the hot topic of the moment – “Boys will be boys?” Wondering how to help boys of all ages navigate today’s various definitions of masculinity? And what should parents and students know about party culture and the college social scene? This talk explains the teenage experience from the students’ perspective, the psychological reasons why students might drink and hook up more than they want to, and the surprising effects of gender stereotypes on students of both genders. Robbins also shares several tips for parents to help students develop healthy identities and to prepare for a safer college experience.
“Why Being Excluded Doesn’t Mean There’s Anything Wrong With You” – or “The Secrets of Popularity”
Exclusion and clique warfare have become so rampant that the media has declared bullying an epidemic. Throngs of students who are not outright bullied are disheartened because it’s getting increasingly more difficult to become an “insider,” to fit into a group, to be accepted as “normal.” Schools struggle to come up with solutions, and even the most beloved parents are met with disbelief when they insist, “This too shall pass.” Adults constantly tell students that it gets better, that the world changes after school, that being “different” will pay off sometime after graduation. But no one is able to explain to them why.
Robbins’ reassuring, fascinating talk based on this book reveals the unexpected reasons that teens label each other and why the qualities that lead students to be excluded are the same qualities that will make them extraordinary adults. Robbins discusses what popularity really means and points out ways that people might unwittingly contribute to students’ social hierarchies. Most important, she offers parents, students, and schools concrete solutions for how to stop worrying about the social hierarchy – and how to change it.
“Calming the Stresses of Student Life, the College Admissions Frenzy, and the Pressure to ‘Succeed’”
This lecture aims to calm middle school and high school students – all students, not only overachievers – and parents about the educational landscape. Robbins addresses several topics, such as how “everything seems to count” in high school and the college admissions frenzy, organized youth sports, the myth of name-brand schools, how the panic over college admissions has spiraled out of control, the way standardized test scores do not reflect intelligence, tips to relax during high school and the college admissions process, and stories about some of the “characters” (real students) in Robbins’ critically acclaimed New York Times bestseller The Overachievers.
College, young professional audiences:
“How to Figure Out What You Want to Do With Your Life”
This talk addresses many of the questions students and young adults have asked Robbins over the last 20 years. “How do I transition from school to the real world?” “Do I want to be happy or do I want to be successful?” “What does success mean – and what is it worth?” Robbins shares several tips to help students figure out what they want to do with their life, whom they want to be, and how to feel better about themselves. She also dispels important myths about the college social scene. Social norms surprises and advice about responsible student drinking can be incorporated into this talk for alcohol awareness.