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Caroline Adams Miller

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Goals & Grit™ Expert, Best-selling Author, Media Personality, Keynote Speaker & Educator

Fee Range: $10,001 – $20,000
Phone: 800-328-6008

Caroline is one of the world's leading experts on the science behind successful goal setting and the use of 'good grit' to achieve hard things. For more than 30 years, she's been sharing her research-backed, actionable strategies to help people cultivate more grit and dig deeper to clarify and achieve their toughest goals.

A Harvard graduate with a Masters in Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, she has authored six books including Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017) and Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009), and teaches at Wharton Business School's Executive Education program.

Angela Duckworth, winner of the 2013 MacArthur Genius grant for her research on grit, said of Caroline: "I don't know anybody who has thought more than Caroline about how to apply the scientific research on grit and achievement to our own lives!" Caroline takes Angela Duckworth's research on grit a step further by distinguishing between good and bad grit - not all grit is created equal.

Caroline is known as the founder of 'The Awethentic Effect' which explains the infectious impact of witnessing or hearing about someone accomplishing a hard goal.

Caroline is a TEDx speaker. Her work has been featured in BBC World News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC, NPR, and CNN, and more.

Caroline has worked with organizations and associations around the world including: Morgan Stanley, lululemon, The Wharton School/UPENN, RE/MAX, Booz Allen, Young Presidents' Organization, Harvard Law School, American Bankers Association, and Swisse Wellness.

Speech Titles and Descriptions:

Resilient leaders know how to combine passion, persistence and purpose to embody authentic grit. Authentic (AWE-thentic) grit awes and inspires others to become better people and imagine greater possibilities and in turn happiness for themselves. It's "the secret to success" because it is a necessary ingredient to accomplish long-term goals. Effectively setting goals can leapfrog you ahead of your competitors and arm you with a critical superpower that will spell the difference between success and failure. Building on her revolutionary BRIDGE method (brainstorming, relationships, investments, decisions, grit and excellence), Caroline shares her research on gender differences, resilience and grit, the impact of character strengths, goal setting theory, and cultural differences. Implementing these principles empowers teams to have clear expectations, accurately measure progress and provides the resources to accomplish successful outcomes.

What makes this keynote particularly compelling is Caroline's personal and timely stories that audiences can't help but relate to in very thought-compelling and intimate ways, which result in every individual thinking about the best ways they can bridge their grit, resilience and ultimate happiness.

Key Takeaways Include:

  • Understand various ways grit can be used both professionally and personally to increase resilience, create success, and lead with happiness
  • Develop practical strategies that support grit, such as defining purpose, developing "harmonious" passion, creating intrinsic motivation, and fostering a "growth" mindset
  • Cultivate authentic grit to stay resilient in the face of change and challenges
  • Establish accountability and build a culture of positive energizers who encourage people to put forth their best efforts in a way that inspires others to do the same


Can you relate to the "SHEcession" we hear so much about in the news lately? The pandemic has shined a spotlight on the fact that women leaders are busier than ever meeting everyone else's expectations and juggling multiple roles, while their personal and professional goals have been left behind.

In one of her most popular presentations, Caroline inspires women leaders to become their most authentic, ideal selves and provides proven techniques to help them flourish and cultivate the persistence, humility, and courage to achieve their toughest goals. She provides clever guidance on how to create resilience and authentic "good" grit while avoiding the three types of "bad" grit that can destroy the office culture, especially for women. Another life hack explored is how to cultivate a "believe and achieve" mindset to women's "tend and befriend" behavior so that women can learn to exult in each other's successes and amplify each other's ideas and efforts. The goal? Create a team of positive energizers, including men, who support women's leadership and unique contributions to the workplace.

Key Takeaways Include:

  • Identify and use their character strengths in positive ways to accomplish goals, thrive, and support others in doing the same
  • Create resilience and authentic grit - or "good grit" - while avoiding the three types of "bad grit" that can destroy the office culture
  • Add a "believe and achieve" mindset to women's "tend and befriend" behavior so that women can learn to exult in each other's successes and amplify each other's ideas and efforts
  • Use the new science-based approach and BRIDGE methodology to set the right goals for themselves, their organizations and their teams for optimal outcomes

Caroline Adams Miller delivered a complete Grand Slam at our healthcare company's corporate conference. If you are looking for a keynote speaker who adds value, integrates academic research into practical applications, and moves people to action and change, you can't do any better than enlisting Caroline and her topic on Goal Setting and Authentic Grit.
Dr. Larry Benz President/CEO Confluent Health

I don't know anybody who has thought more than [Caroline] about how to apply the scientific research on grit and achievement to our own lives!
Angela Duckworth

Caroline’s cutting-edge insights on Grit and Goal Setting are awesome, and so needed in the business world now!
Deb Giffen, Director of Executive Programs at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania

Caroline was an exceptional addition to our LEAD2017 conference and I'm so truly thankful to have been able to share her charismatic and inspirational keynote with our audience. She seamlessly engaged with everyone and left us all feeling inspired and more empowered to be better leaders in both our professional and personal lives.
Alannah Easby, Leader of LEAD,

Caroline was a powerhouse at our 2016 leadership conference. She challenged us to put the ‘awe’ back into awesome and how to use grit to accomplish our hard goals. Her message of ‘you can’t keep what you don’t give away’ inspired bold sharing and deep conversation from the audience and has continued to resonate throughout the organization beyond conference.
Ali Fillmore, Development Manager, lululemon athletica

Caroline’s engaging and thought provoking presentation on Creating Your Best Life left our team primed to set hard short and long-term goals, push themselves to learn more and get the absolute most out of our whole person wellness and self-leadership programs. Our team felt empowered, invigorated, inspired to embrace grit and Caroline’s talk provided numerous light bulb moments I will remember forever. We are so grateful to have been able to share her knowledge and passion with our team.
Merika Brown, Culture & Engagement Manager, Swisse Wellness Pty Ltd

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