Feedback on Dannielle Miller's seminars for parents and educators, and workshops for girls
"Danni Miller - keep sparkling. You make a BIG BIG difference."Andrew Fuller, Clinical Psychologist and Family Therapist
- The Resilience Institute
- Fellow, Departments of Psychiatry and Learning and Educational Development
- University of Melbourne
- Scientific Consultant for the ABC series "Whatever: the science of teens"
- Ambassador for Mind Matters
- Member, National Centre Against Bullying
"Danni’s (or Gorgeous as known by the girls) presentation on ‘friendships’ was the second presentation she has delivered to our community and was engaging, interactive, insightful and practical. Her comment ‘Girls can’t be what they can’t see’ was a gentle reminder about the language we use to describe ourselves around the girls, as parents and as educators. Her 10-step guide has a profound and lasting effect on both our girls and our parent community."
Briony Trotter, Head of Marketing & Community Relations, Wilderness School, Adelaide
"I want to take this opportunity to thank you for your outstanding contribution made to our Pearls of Wisdom Conference . . . Your presentation of Wake Up Sleeping Beauty was very well attended and received. Judging by the responses of the attendees (teary eyes, nods and recognition), I would say that you really hit on issues so relevant to parents of girls and reinforced in them the need to never stop loving their gorgeous girls. Dannielle, you are a special ambassador for our girls and a warm and engaging speaker."
Karen Christie, President, Federation of Parents and Friends Associations, Dioceses of Maitland-Newcastle
"Our parent session attracted around 200 parents who were enthusiastic in their praise around the positive messages that Dannielle gave about girls. When you share your own story, which is how the presentation is done, it becomes a personal journey through womanhood that connects and holds people. You share stories of hope, sadness and joy, all wrapped up to deliver a message that girls need the women in their lives to step up as their role models, to talk to girls about the false image of women that is presented to them in the media, to know that they are loved and valued as young women, that they can achieve anything they set their mind to. Did Danni’s visit meet our expectations? A big yes. What we are about is giving families the opportunity to engage in discussion about raising their children with other parents. All families are vulnerable – from the time of conception through birth and beyond. There is no magic formula to raising children, no one book or guide that will give you the A–Z steps for getting it right. Each child is different, each family is different. To hear a message of hope empowers parents to think on their own practice, and for many it was reassuring. For some it provided opportunities to re-engage with the young women in their lives and to start to make a difference. The beauty of Dannielle’s presentation is that it speaks from the heart, it’s about truth, it’s about love and it’s about giving children back their innocence and childhood. This is a wonderful program and it should be available everywhere."
Neville Dwyer, Griffith Connections
"I recently had the pleasure of watching Dannielle conducting a parent night at a Gold Coast school. Dannielle captured the minds of the audience as she passionately explained why teen girls face harrowing times in a culture bombarded with images of ‘ideal’ femininity that have been constructed for women and girls by a media and consumer culture, in technologically schizophrenic times. Danni helps girls and parents to understand what is happening in popular and mainstream media culture, and how to work sensibly with that which cannot be avoided, by understanding and reconstructing in more positive ways whilst retaining individual agency. Throughout the talk, Danni was humorous, engaging, animated and well informed as she delivered some hard-hitting and, at times, graphic messages and accompanying images. She provided parents (both mothers and fathers) with some strategies to help their girls decipher and deconstruct, as well as battle back against a culture that rewards a very narrow definition of ‘woman’ or ‘girl’. There were, at times, audible gasps at some of the information being explained. By no means is Dannielle an alarmist, however. Throughout the talk, Danni did not lose my attention, or the attention of the large audience of parents who so obviously care for their daughters’ futures. Some words remained with me, especially these: ‘Girls can’t be what they can’t see.’ The role of parents, guardians and teachers in helping girls in these often ‘toxic’ times cannot be underestimated. “I found myself wishing that my old high school had had the benefit of the wisdom of a Dannielle Miller, though it was with much delight that I found myself sitting with the Queensland Enlighten Education Amazon, Storm Greenhill-Brown, who has presented workshops at my old school in recent times. Thankfully, times have changed in the last 20 years with regard to recognizing that there’s a need for extra and unique education to help girls prosper. I can only hope that education programs such as those devised by Enlighten Education and the messages sent by Danni Miller in her parent seminars and her book The Butterfly Effect become mainstream. With programs in Australia, New Zealand and in the near future, Singapore, and with over 20,000 girls per year being given the ‘Enlighten’ treatment, a movement has well and truly gathered momentum."
Sarah Casey, PhD student, Griffith University
"Danni...what can I say! I have just read the comments on facebook... What you achieved with our girls yesterday was remarkable. It is a message that we could not achieve in two years!! I really want to thank you. Being a new (relatively young) Principal in a girls school, yesterday really gave me a good opportunity to reflect on my own wishes for our students. I love being a Teacher and a Principal and I really love Clonard and each of the students that I have been blessed with in caring for. Watching our students respond to you was an amazing experience. Clonard is a truly special place. I am very proud of our girls. It was an absolute privilege to sit through all of your sessions finding myself captivated by every moment. What I really couldn't get over at the end was the line of girls that just wanted to hug you and say thanks. Talk about special!!! A number of the teachers there yesterday came up to me and said how much they had learnt. It's true... you can teach a teacher!!! I feel that your powerful message will stay with these students for their journey through Clonard. I know it will be something that I will refer back to when the going gets tough. I feel privileged to have met you, listened to you and learnt from you. I do know now what Jemma and Mel (our two Yr 11 girls who attended the Insight Conference) were talking about!!! Thank you and I hope that we can have you back in 2011."
Damian McKew, Principal
Clonard College, Geelong West, Victoria
"We thought Dannielle Miller was terrific and I’ve had lots of comments from the girls that she was ‘the best speaker they have ever had!’. The response has been equally good from parents and staff, particularly young staff who have realised how important role modelling is as a teacher at the School. We appreciate Dannielle speaking with our community and we look forward to when she returns to Perth College."
Deb Perich, InsideOut Director
"Danni was fantastic...our year 9 girls loved her workshops and were still ‘buzzing’ two days later…! The talk amongst the girls since has been so positive which is great to hear. I would definitely like to have Danni back again to run workshops with other year levels."
Nicki Schuster, School Counsellor
Faith Lutheran School
"Christine was so efficient to deal with when organising the events and there was no fuss at all, very smooth. The girls absolutely loved the day and went home and spoke about it to their parents and that has filtered back to us. After seeing the impact Danni had on the girls I'd like to do it every year."
Charlotte Weigold, School Counsellor
Pulteney Grammar School
"The program was informative and the activities were appropriate and enjoyable for the students. The life experiences shared with the girls e.g. body image, were relevant to teenagers and the emotions/feelings and outcomes were expressed positively. It was fantastic that Danni was able to include our assistant year advisor (male staff member) in a positive and fun way….Overall, a great day and the girls had an enjoyable time. Thank you."
Clancy Childs, Year 8 Advisor
Kellyville High School
"Dannielle Miller is gold! Her rapport with our Year 7 girls (and then Year 8’s the following day) was instant! Their eyes and ears were glued to her the entire day. The topics covered were exactly what they needed to be and we believe that our students did walk away from the event more informed, more inspired and more self-confident. Thank you Enlighten Education."
Yvette Egonidis, Year 7 Coordinator
Strathcona Baptist Girls Grammar School
"I feel empowered, knowledgable, informed, motivated and inspired by the Butterfly Effect program... Well done Danni- you are the most engaging and eloquent speaker I have had the pleasure to experience! My little sister was in your workshop day 2 and she felt exactly the same way about it! Go the amazon Princess- you're just gorgeous!"
Barham High School
"The girls were fully engrossed and involved in the program. It was positive and targeted exactly where the girls were at and what they needed to do for themself to ensure they gave themself the best opportunity to succeed. It was exciting to see them relate to other girls in their year that they would not normally share ideas with so openly. Thoroughly enjoyed all aspects and looking forward to having the program presented again at our school. The girls loved Dannielle and her interaction."
Vicki Jansen, Careers Adviser
Evans High School
"I was absolutely blown away today watching Dannielle Miller of Enlighten Education and ‘Educator of the Year,’ present to year 8 girls at Tara Anglican School. Danni is truly the teenage girl whisperer - I have never seen a group of teens respond to any educator the way they did with Danni! Thanks for all your awesome...work, fostering girls’ self-esteem, media literacy and interpersonal communication skills. Much love x"
Lydia Jade Turner, Managing Director & Psychotherapist
BodyMatters Australasia (www.bodymatters.com.au)
"What a wonderful program for our girls! I know they will remember the experience many times during the futures they will all face…..with your expert advice and strategies I am confident all of them will be so much stronger and more ready for the challenges ahead. You allowed the girls (and teachers) the chance to learn, reflect, accept and be prepared. Dannielle, you were inspiring, dynamic and so appropriate for the girls and they had a really special day.. Thank you for making it possible"
Meegan Flello, Year 6 Teacher
St Angela’s Primary School, Castle Hill
"The Butterfly Effect was a fantastic event to hold for teenage girls. The methods by which the messages were delivered were directly relevant to the girls, making them extremely effective. The issues raised were all pertinent issues that had been identified throughout the year by the welfare team at the school, so it was great to see them addressed. The girls related well to Dannielle and really appreciated her honesty and ability to reveal herself. A fantastic program. Well done and thank you."
Jindabyne Central School
"I just want you to pass on my thanks to Dannielle for an outstanding day today at Arden. I felt blessed to have been a part of such an empowering day for our girls. Dannielle engaged the girls from the start to the end of the day. The girls learned so much during the day that they can use throughout their lives. I wish that my own daughters could have had an opportunity to have been involved in a powerful day like this when they had been teenagers. Many of the students have given me such positive feedback about all of the sessions. Dannielle is an intelligent, warm, enthusiastic person who has great energy and passion for the education of girls. I am determined to have these sessions regularly at Arden in the future.Thank you."
Jo Graham, Learning Support Coordinator K – 12
Arden Anglican School
"All of our Year 10 students found the day to be enriching and insightful. Many girls are still talking about the day and the key messages that they learnt. They found the workshops meaningful and relevant as well as high energy and fun. There was certainly a great momentum about the day – all the activities interlinked and the summary at the end of the day was powerful. Dannielle’s personal story enabled girls to also validate their own ‘story’ – this was a great platform for great things to happen over the course of the day. Thanks again to Danni and Fran – a very powerful and meaningful day for students as well as staff."
Tracey Sullivan, Year 10 Coordinator
St Mary’s Star of the Sea College
"Danni and Fran were professional and so relevant to our students in relation to the challenges that they face. There was positive feedback from both parents and students. The last session dealing with images in media was particularly powerful. We are interested in running this program in the future - thank you."
Julia Young, Year 8 Coordinator
"Enlighten Education was a fantastic event. I can’t believe that they successfully engaged 200 girls for a whole day, even though we had many unusual disruptions. A first-class job, I was really impressed. The feedback from the other staff on the day was, ‘You should feel the buzz out there, our girls are really enjoying it!’ The students have asked for Gorgeous (Danni) and Spunky (Sonia) to return."
Amanda Conley, Girls’ Advisor
Mt Austin High School
"From my first dealings with Enlighten I was delighted at the flexibility, professionalism and courtesy that I was shown. Dannielle is an excellent presenter and facilitator and it was inspiring to watch her with our girls. Personally my dealings with Enlighten have changed my perspective on life. I first saw Dannielle after she had done a workshop with my daughter. She spoke such sense and with such passion. I fully believe that every young girl needs to experience the enlighten workshops, they are so relevant in today’s society. Thank you for giving us that experience."
Lynne Sheville, Year 6 Teacher
Kaleen Primary School, ACT
"Dannielle connected immediately with the girls. She was quick to establish a positive, assertive relationship which gave the girls permission to speak their minds but also know the boundaries. The safety tips were most appropriate for this age group and handled well in a very age-appropriate, sensitive manner. We all enjoyed the powerful messages that Dannielle so passionately expresses. Many thanks!"
Dianne Spencer, Assistant Principal
"Dannielle performs magic! She is a fairy godmother to all those sleeping beauties sitting in classrooms and in playgrounds. She takes the girls on an inner journey of self-discovery in a very short time. One very magical day filled with sparkle and glitter. Dannielle’s gentle and loving touch coupled with her insights and expertise allowed each girl to soar to new heights. I love what Enlighten Education did for the girls. It’s amazing. It fits all girls’ needs perfectly. Enlighten Education is the most valuable educational workshop I have EVER used."
Fran Simpson, Religious Education Coordinator
St John Vianney’s, Fairymeadow
"The program was extremely successful. While the girls enjoyed the day immensely and emerged from the final session feeling joyful, there could be no doubt that the serious underlying messages were also absorbed and their perspective was altered. They were clearly empowered by what they had learned and were committed to ‘hold on’ to the experience of the day. Danielle and her staff were exceptional facilitators – genuinely inspiring. This year was a ‘dipping the toes in the water’ event for us and I look forward to working with Enlighten again next year. I also intend to plan for the event in such a way that we are able to do more follow-up with the girls in order to sustain them and what they have learned. The armbands, postcards and diaries have been very helpful in this regard. I would appreciate assistance in helping us to achieve more of this next year. I felt exhausted just watching you but boy oh boy you were wonderful!"
Jacinda Euler, Head of Middle School
Pymble Ladies’ College
"Thank you so much for yesterday. It was a HUGE success . . . Danni and Mel provided Tara and our girls with an empowering day and your professionalism and warmth was awesome! I personally sincerely thank you and thoroughly enjoyed working with you. I would love to do it all over again."
Chris Lang, PDHPE Department
Tara Anglican School for Girls
"It was a great day; the girls and staff have not stopped talking about how well Dannielle and Mel presented Enlighten Education. It was great to see the girls get so involved and emotional during some of the sessions. It really did have an impact on my year group of girls. It was a fantastic day and I am glad I have given my girls this positive experience which they can now take with them in their journey of life and realise that no matter what they look like or feel about themselves, everyone does have an Amazon inside of them."
Chalon Robinson, Year 9 Coordinator
"The girls thoroughly enjoyed the day, and I believe they took a lot away with them. The topics covered on the day were very relevant to the girls and where they are in their lives. Dannielle knew her material and knew how to reach out to the girls in a way that made them want to listen and change and take on board the messages she presented to them. The information night presented to parents was informative and the parents came away enlightened and with positive strategies on how to deal with their teenage girls. Parents were very grateful for the opportunity to listen to Dannielle. We will definitely invite Enlighten Education to work with our students again and hope we will have the opportunity for Dannielle to present to our parents again in the future."
Kathy Harris, Year 8 Coordinator
Mt Lilydale Mercy College, Lilydale, Victoria
"Enlighten provided the most successful presentation relating to Pastoral Care in our school in 2010. Dannielle’s understanding of the issues that influence self esteem and behaviour in teenage girls is evident. Even more importantly, many of our girls have commented on the way that Dannielle’s message has begun to influence their everyday attitude towards body image and the objectification of women in the media. St Clare’s will certainly integrate ‘The Butterfly Effect’ into our Pastoral Care program in the future."
Patrick McGing, Assistant Principal
St Clare’s College, Waverley
"In the girls’ session, Danni captivated the girls by her manner but continued to hold their attention because she is so aware of their issues, how they talk, what’s relevant. She gave strategies in some instances that are concrete and that can be practised and worked on. In the parents’ session, both speakers provided parents with information they need to know, strategies and highlighted how important it is to be aware of the issues, to speak to one another, etc. I think that this partnership between Enlighten and Moriah is one that we need to grow. It’s a very important relationship and partnership."
Nicky Segerman, Moriah College, Bondi Junction
"I have had so many positive comments from the girls - as soon as I mention the presentation they all light up and tell me how much they want you back, some have told me that it was the best thing they have EVER done at school. Again thank you so much for your sessions Danni, they have been life changing for our girls. "
David Pitfield, St Piux X High School, Adamstown
For more testimonials on Danni's work with young women, visit Enlighten Education's site – Testimonials.