Kristen Hopkins, CEO/Author and RethinkEd expert

Kristen Hopkins


As a fierce visionary, pioneer, and thought leader, Kristen Hopkins is often acknowledged for her contributions to educational entrepreneurship. In 2016 she received the “30 Under 30 Award for Women of Excellence in Leadership”. Kristen and her company served as founding members of the national Social-Emotional Learning Providers Association, among the leading Social-Emotional providers around the nation. Kristen Hopkins is an author, international speaker, and social entrepreneur dedicated to the holistic development of youth, young adults, and professionals.

Hopkins is the Founder and CEO of the Dangers Of The Mind, LLC, Kristen Hopkins Global, and the Dangers Of The Mind Education Fund. Through the establishment of these companies, she has developed and implemented culturally responsive Social Emotional Learning (SEL) curricula, an intervention kit for in-school suspension and youth detention centers, Less Talk More SEL Community Parent Forums and many resources for schools, not-for-profits, and corporate organizations. She has brought her teachings and programs to school districts in Haiti, Ghana, and cities across the United States.

Kristen Hopkins’ dedication to her craft has enabled her to network with many people and organizations across the United States and abroad. She has established a lifestyle brand, a virtual coaching practice, a clothing line, a podcast, and a team of brand ambassadors who advocate for the DOM movement daily. Kristen was a guest panelist on the Inaugural International SEL day in March 2020. She has also spoken at Philips Arena STEM WARS, World Congress Center, and the 50th Anniversary of the Boys and Girls Club of America, to name a few.

More recently, Kristen's non-profit launched Black SEL, a social-emotional hub for Black people, which includes the Annual Black SEL Summit and the Black Student Experience Project. She looks to continue her mission to empower Black and Brown communities through SEL, highlight Black leaders for their service in SEL, and create safe spaces for BIPOC people to practice and model SEL skills.