The Maine Counseling Association is pleased to announce our

2020 Annual Conference Keynote Speaker


Dr. Lisa Hinkelman





Dr. Lisa Hinkelman is an educator, counselor, researcher, and author who has spent nearly fifteen years researching girls and educating counselors as both a professor at the The Ohio State University and as the Founder and CEO of Ruling Our experience (ROX). ROX is a national non-profit that provides evidence-based empowerment programming for girls, professional development for counselors educators, and research on the critical issues impacting girls. Her award-winning book, 'Girls Without Limits: Helping Girls Achieve Healthy Relationships, Academic Success, and Interpersonal Strength', provides relevant research, case studies and effective strategies to help adults support the girls in their lives.


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 nearly 11,000 girls across the country and includes girls' thoughts, behaviors and beliefs on confidence, body image, relationships, school, social media, careers and leadership. Noted by USA Today, Girls Leadership, The 74 Million and Education World, The Girls' Index 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. She has been honored as one of the Business First's Top 40 Under 40, as a 'Woman You Should Know' by Women in Economic Leadership Development (WELD), as a Nominated Changemaker for the White House United State of Women, as a 2017 Draper Richards Kaplan Foundation Social Entrepreneur and Smart Business' 2018 Non-Profit CEO of the Year.

The Maine Counseling Association has been approved by NBCC as an Approved Continuing Education Provider, ACEP No. 2020. Programs that do not qualify for NBCC credit are clearly identified.  

The Maine Counseling Association is solely responsible for all aspects of the programs.


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