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Courtney Macavinta is founder and CEO of Respect Rx. She is an award-winning journalist, author, speaker, trainer and coach who has reached more than a million girls and women through her work, including programs, trainings and best-selling book, RESPECT: A Girl's Guide to Getting Respect and Dealing When Your Line Is Crossed (Free Spirit Publishing, 2005), which has won both IPPY and iParenting awards.
Throughout her tumultuous teens, Courtney dealt with many of the same issues girls face today, from self-doubt and body hatred to risky choices and confusion about her multi-racial identity. Her hard-working family also struggled for respect amid substance abuse, incarceration, violence, poverty and racism. Like many, she fought to find respect without a compass or clue--then discovered it was within her all along. Today that is her message to people everywhere: Respect is always within reach because true respect starts on the inside.
As an expert on teens and women, Courtney has been featured on CNN, ABC, Fox, National Public Radio, MSNBC and in USA Today, CosmoGIRL!, Teen People, Teen Vogue, Mothering, Glamour, The Seattle Times, The San Jose Mercury News and numerous other media. She also has been featured as role model in the books The Quarterlifer's Companion, and Cool Women, Hot Jobs. Having been in online media for more than a decade, Courtney formerly was editorial director of the groundbreaking and Webby-nominated online and radio network ChickClick. Additionally, her articles have been published by The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, The Associated Press, Daughters, Common Sense Media, Wired News, Business 2.0, The Sacramento Bee, CNET News.com and others.
A devoted girl advocate, Courtney's work is focused on inspiring young women to cultivate self-respect, sisterhood and social change. She has spoken, trained or led event programs for thousands of girls, women and their advocates across the country. She has partnered with organizations such as Girls Inc., the YMCA, Omega Institute Teen Camp, The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and Unplanned Pregnancy, Girl Scouts of the USA, and the Dove Self-Esteem Fund. She is on the National Board of Girls For A Change and Advisory Boards of the Bay Area Girls Rock! Camp and Jenna Druck Foundation.
Courtney has a B.A. in Journalism from San Francisco State University and training from The Coaches Training Institute.