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Caroline Adams Miller

Positive Psychology Expert, Coach & Speaker
Country: USA

Keynote speaker Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP has for almost 3 decades been an innovative pioneer within goal setting/accomplishment, grit, happiness and success. A leader in the field of Positive Psychology, she knows how it can be applied to maximize transformation and growth in one’s life.

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For three decades, Caroline has been a pioneer with her groundbreaking work in the areas of goal setting, grit, happiness and success. She is recognized as one of the world’s leading positive psychology experts on this research and how it can be applied to one’s life for maximum transformation and growth.

Caroline helps people identify, come up with a plan for, and persist in carrying out their toughest goals — leading to their success, happiness and flourishing, while inspiring those around them. Achieving hard goals is one of the most rewarding things we can do in both our personal and professional lives. Although she didn’t have a word for it at the time, Caroline used “grit” to help overcome her personal battle with bulimia. Today, she helps others develop the traits they need to get to the finish line.

In her keynote presentations and workshops, Caroline blends her personal experience, real life examples and research in positive psychology, to come up with practical applications that allow for maximum transformation and growth in people’s lives. Caroline leaves her audiences with tangible takeaways and actions they can use to create their own happiness and success. In her inspiring TEDx Talk “The Moments That Make Champions” Caroline explores the three things that we can choose to do differently to improve our chances of developing grit.

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 is a popular presenter in the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School Executive Education program. She was an adjunct lecturer in Positive Psychology and coaching at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and at the University of Texas-Dallas School of Management for almost a decade. She has worked with clients around the world including: Morgan Stanley, lululemon, The Wharton School/UPENN, RE/MAX, Booz Allen, Young Presidents’ Organization, Harvard Law School, and Swisse Wellness.

Determined to inspire others with her story and knowledge, Caroline wrote six books including Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017), Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009), Positively Caroline (Cogent 2013) and My Name is Caroline (Doubleday 1988). Caroline’s work has been featured in hundreds of magazines, newspapers and other media around the world including BBC World News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC, NPR, and CNN.

Caroline has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. She is a top-ranked Masters Swimmer in multiple events, has a black belt in Hapkido and has more than three decades of unbroken recovery from bulimia.

    Speaker Caroline Adams Miller

    Throw Out What You Know About ‘SMART’ Goals – How to Set Effective Goals & Accomplish Them Using Grit

    • Speaker Caroline Adams Miller is an expert in how to set challenging and specific goals (learning and performance) and avoid the most common mistakes that derail progress. During this keynote she will show her audience how to cultivate grit, to help them stay resilient and persevere in the face of difficulty. Next to that she teaches how to establish accountability and a positive “web of influence.”

    Speaker Caroline Adams Miller

    Creating Your Best Life – How to Identify and Pursue Meaningful Goals and Live a Life With No Regrets

    • After attending, participants are able to create a personal life list using a vision of their “best possible future self” with an understanding of why it is important to flourishing.
    • In this keynote you will learn how to set challenging and specific goals (learning and performance) and avoid the most common mistakes that derail progress.
    • Caroline shows her audience how to cultivate grit to help them stay resilient and persevere in the face of difficulty and establish accountability, a positive “web of influence”.


    Speaker Caroline Adams Miller

    Grit Is the New MBA – How to Hire for Grit and Cultivate It In Your Team

    • After attending, participants are able to cultivate their own character strengths that lead to becoming grittier and in turn inspire their team members.  They will be able to spot the different types of grit—good and bad—and what to look for when hiring and mentoring team members
    • Next to that speaker Caroline Adams Miller shows her audience how to frame questions and use personality assessments, such as the VIA Strengths Survey, to test for grit and teamwork skills. After this keynote you will be able to implement strategies within your company to attract candidates with grit.


    Speaker Caroline Adams Miller

    How to Cultivate Grit in Schools… And Put the “Awe” Back in Awesome

    • Although the word “awesome” is thrown around a lot in today’s society, experts say that we have become “awe-deprived” in recent years due to cheating scandals in sports and business, and overall lowered standards for excellence. The millennial generation, however, was raised with abundant praise, leading to concerns that when their performance reviews aren’t “awesome” they feel discouragement and demotivation. Easy goals and low standards for excellence can actually prevent people from becoming awesome. According to the most current research, when people are truly awe-inspired by extraordinary behavior and events, they are profoundly impacted, and are more likely to work hard, be hopeful, and be kind to others. Grit is also an essential element in being awesome, and specific character strengths that undergird gritty behavior can be cultivated to support becoming one’s best self.
    • Using research and stories of gritty people, Caroline weaves together a variety of information that leaves “Gen Z” students, parents, and teachers understanding the importance of hard goals, gritty behavior, and why inspiration is a necessary ingredient in a flourishing life.

    Speaker Caroline Adams Miller

    Be All In – What it Takes to be a Gritty Woman

    • After attending, participants are able to assess and amplify their flourishing, using their character strengths and set goals with evidence-based approaches for best possible outcomes.
    • Caroline shows her audience how to develop their environment with a supportive “web of influence” including a “moai” – a Mastermind group. This keynote offers you the understanding on how to cultivate a mindset of self-efficiency, resilience, optimism, and grit, as well as commit to help other women through sharing their stories of grit.
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