Dr. Michele Borba

Educational Psychologist and Consultant

Dr. Michele Borba is an internationally recognized expert and author on children, teens, parenting, bullying and moral development. Her work aims to help strengthen children’s character and resilience, build strong families, create compassionate and just school cultures, and reduce peer cruelty. Her practical, research-based advice is culled from a career of working with over one million parents and educators worldwide.


GESS Talks Arena

26 February 2019 | 12:05 - 12:25 | English | Keynote: Empathy is a Verb: New Lessons for Student Success in the Digital Age

What can educators learn from the latest science on empathy? Plenty. Especially in today’s plugged-in world of virtual workplaces, electronic communications and increasing personal disconnection. Dr. Borba points out that we’re all born hard-wired to care, but like all human qualities, empathy must be constantly activated. The habits that achieve this also make us more effective leaders, insightful managers, collaborative colleagues, and compassionate community members. Drawn from her inspiring TEDx talk, Dr. Borba shows us how to use the “Empathy Advantage” to build valuable social capital within our students. Her motivating presentation is a reminder that being more empathetic makes our schools stronger, our communities more stable, our stakeholders more engaged, and all of our relationships longer lasting.