Michele Borba, Ed.D
Michele Borba, Ed.D. is an internationally renowned educator, award-winning author, and parenting, child and bullying expert recognized for her solution-based strategies to strengthen children’s empathy and social-emotional intelligence and character, and reduce peer cruelty. A sought-after motivational speaker, she has presented keynotes throughout North America, South America, Europe, Asia and the South Pacific and served as a consultant to hundreds of schools and corporations including the Pentagon and 18 US Army bases in Europe and the Asian-Pacific. Her proposal: “Ending School Violence and Bullying” (SB1667) was signed into California law in 2002. She offers realistic, research-based advice culled from a career of working with over one million parents and educators worldwide.
Dr. Borba is an NBC contributor who has appeared 130 times live on the TODAY show and countless shows including: 3 Dateline specials, Dr. Phil, The View, NBC Nightly News, The Doctors, Anderson Cooper, Katie Couric, MSNBC, Fox & Friends, Daily Buzz, Countdown, two NBC Education Nation specials, Inside Edition, Fox, The Early Show, CNN and Dr. Drew and interviewed by Time, Washington Post, Newsweek, People, U.S. News & World Report, New York Times, Reader’s Digest, Globe and Mail and as a media spokesperson for corporations including RC2 Learning Curve, Florida OJ, 3M, Ragu, Dixie Cup, Office Depot, Unilever, Splenda, Similac, General Mills, Mastercard, All, Galderma, V-Tech, Cetaphil, Walmart, Johnson & Johnson and consultant to McDonalds and Disney.
She is the award-winning author of 24 books translated into 14 languages including Nobody Likes Me, No More Misbehavin’, Don’t Give Me that Attitude!, 12 Simple Secrets Real Moms Know, Building Moral Intelligence (Publishers’ Weekly’s “Among the most noteworthy of 2001”), Esteem Builders, Parents Do Make A Difference, The Big Book of Parenting Solutions, The Educators’ Guide to Prevent Bullying (Free Spirit, 2016) and UNSELFIE: Surprising Role of Empathy to Predict Children’s Happiness and Success (Simon & Schuster, 2016).
Her numerous awards include the National Educator Award (presented by the National Council of Self-Esteem), Santa Clara University’s Outstanding Alumna Award and Outstanding Contribution to the Educational Profession by the Bureau of Education and Research. She was named Honorary Chairperson for the Implementation of Self-Esteem in Hong Kong, served as a consultant for the Center Resource Group for Character Education and Civic Engagement for the U.S. Department of Education, Disney Influencer, and World Goodwill Ambassador for M.I.T.’s One Laptop per Child project. She is on boards for Parents, Character.org, CSN (Child Safety Network), Boys & Girls Club of America, Harvard Graduate Education’s Making Caring Common, and USTA-US Tennis Association Sportsmanship Committee.
Dr. Borba is a former classroom and college teacher and has had a wide range of teaching experience, including work in regular education and private practice with children with learning, physical, behavioral and emotional disabilities She received a Doctorate in Educational Psychology and Counseling from the University of San Francisco, an M.A. in Learning Disabilities and B.A. from the University of Santa Clara, and earned a Life Teaching Credential from San Jose State University. She lives in Palm Springs, California with her husband and has three grown sons.