Our Co-Founder and CEO, Courtney Macavinta, is frequently interviewed by media about hot topics like bullying, sexting, the impact of media on children and teens, dating violence, body image, teen pregnancy/sex, unhealthy trends among tweens and teens, social media, self-esteem/self-respect, youth development, women and girls’ issues, youth leadership development, parenting tips and all things respect.

Media Contact
To schedule an interview, click here
(415) 315-9707

Press Clips


  • Cosmopolitan for Latinas
  • Common Sense Media
  • Think Pink
  • Women’s eNews
  • YPulse
  • Courtney also blogs at The Huffington Post, Blogher and offers advice for teens and parents at



  • CPW Utah Public Radio
  • Full Power Living Hosted by Ilene Dillon
  • Jefferson Public Radio
  • KUSF 90.3 FM
  • The Ruth Koscielak Show
  • USA Radio Network
  • Utah AM 820
  • Voice of America
  • Wisconsin Public Radio
  • 710 KIRO News
  • Z95-3


  • CNN
  • ABC
  • FOX
  • NBC
  • Better Connecticut



  • American Cheerleader
  • ANG Newspapers: Bay Area Living
  • Canada’s The Globe and Mail
  • CosmoGIRL!
  • Chicago Tribune
  • Democrat and Chronicle
  • Glamour
  • Hearst’s Quick & Simple
  • La Crosse Tribune
  • Mothering
  • New Haven Register
  • Pittsburgh Tribune-Review
  • San Diego Union-Tribune
  • San Jose Mercury News
  • Star Tribune (King Features Syndicate)
  • The Sacramento Bee
  • The Seattle Times
  • Teen People
  • Teen Vogue
  • USA Today

TEDx Talks

Praise for RESPECT

Respect book for girls

The Respect Institute’s work is inspired by the groundbreaking book co-authored by our co-founder.

RESPECT: A Girl’s Guide to Getting Respect &
Dealing When Your Line Is Crossed

By Courtney Macavinta & Andrea Vander Pluym
(Free Spirit Publishing, 2005)

A self-help, confidence-building guide for girls offers advice on developing self-respect and discusses pride, personal appearance, and social interaction.

The Harvard Post

The best book of its kind that I’ve read—by FAR!

Carolyn See, The Washington Post

Respect inspires girls to replace self-doubt with far more powerful beliefs: self-respect, sisterhood, and social change. Macavinta and Vander Pluym offer young women both advice to live by and tools to spread the word.

Peggy Orenstein, Author, Schoolgirls