POSITIVE DEPOSITS: Simone Alicia, “Self-Esteem Doctor,” helps children at the Overtown Youth Center learn to deposit positive thoughts into their “brain banks.”


Staff Report

FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla. – When 160,000 children miss school every day, determining why is essential. According to the National Education Association, the why is based on their fear of attack or intimidation by other students.

Enter Simone Alicia, certified N.L.P. (Neuro-Linguistic Programming) practitioner and motivational coach, also known as the “Self Esteem Doctor,” who works to raise the self-esteem, mindfulness and communication of South Florida’s kids and teens. Those topics and more are the focus of her third annual Self Esteem Summer Conference on June 3, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel (1 N Fort Lauderdale Beach Blvd, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33304) from 9 a.m.- 5 p.m.

“We are all living in a time now, where it has become more vital than ever to raise the collective consciousness about the true value and power of healthy selfesteem in the lives of children, teens and the family unit as a whole. It’s a fundamental key to shaping the future of our planet, and we need to start teaching it on purpose,” said Alicia.

The theme for this year’s conference is based on one of Alicia’s Mindset-based Teachings. She is launching the T.SED TV channel on YouTube to highlight the power kids have to steadily improve their attitude and mindset using subconscious language, positive media programming, and empowerment games.

The Self Esteem Summer Conference is once again “giving kids and teens FREE access to real tools to help them believe in themselves, overcome negativity like bullying and have the courage to grow into their real purpose,” said Alicia. “At the end of this conference, they’ll be one step closer to confidently contributing the best of themselves at school, at home, and to the world.”

More than 400 students have attended the conference in the past two years. With the support of local businesses, a limited number of free tickets will be provided to kids and teens.

A graduate of the University of Florida, where she earned a bachelor’s in education and an MBA; Alicia has been awarded an honorary Doctorate in Divinity. Alicia said she is fueled by her passion to help kids, families, and educators. Her goal is to transform negative behaviors and limiting beliefs by improving the way people are thinking and feeling about themselves; that’s self-esteem.

“The world is my classroom, and it’s time for everyone to know that self-esteem begins with ourselves but doesn’t end there. It’s about exploring our limitlessness, becoming our best selves and contributing magnanimously to others in this world,” said Alicia.

Tickets are $0-$10. VIP Preferred seating is $25. For more information visit www.TheSelfEsteemDoctor.com or call Shawn Anderson 754-229-0029 or email Contact@TheSelfEsteemDoctor.com.