Rhonda Orr was a life coach before life coaching was cool. She’s also been a child advocate for thirty years.
As an advocate and life coach, she and Dr. Cheri L. McDonald, a crime-victim therapist in the Los Angeles area, began writing “Dear Rhonda and Dr. Cheri…” advice columns which have appeared in the Prescott Daily Courier, the Arizona Republic, and on their websites.
Having taught child actors and their parents how to navigate the challenging world of show business, Rhonda noticed the increase of bullying due to the advent of social media.
She founded a non-profit called STOP Child Abuse Theatrical Organization and Productions decades ago in Los Angeles, where she produced stage plays to benefit child advocacy charities, such as Children of the Night and KidsPeace.
After a 25-year corporate career in the cut-throat cosmetics industry, where she gave hundreds of presentations, produced instructional videos, and learned first-hand what workplace bullying looks like, she decided to apply those skills to shows children how to grow by defining themselves.
Rhonda teaches groups of children how to avoid being a victim and choosing not to stay a victim of bullying – and addresses those who may be bullies themselves – in her Leadership Academies with guest speakers from the community.
She also teaches similar classes at the Yavapai County Juvenile Detention School, where she talks with troubled teens, giving them the tools they’ll need to turn their lives around when they are released.
Rhonda is finishing up two books: “Define Yourself Before Others Do,” a workbook to guide readers along the Triangle of Triumph, which illustrates the journey from victim to survivor to leader; and an autobiography titled “The Winslow Effect.”