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Caroline Adams Miller

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Positive Psychology Expert, Coach & Speaker

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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.

Why you should book Speaker Caroline Miller:

  • She is motivated.  Caroline isn’t just motivated to her keynotes, but also the words she lives by.  With over 30 years of expertise, she applies her successful methods of happiness to her life, and in return into her keynote sessions.
  • She is enlightened.  Speaker Caroline is dedicated to her cause. She’s a Professional Certified Coach, former Teacher, Author and she possess her Masters of Applied Positive Psychology.  Gathering a variation of information from her many different titles, she’s created her own sense of happiness and demonstrates how to properly apply it for a flourishing career and self-development.
  • She has grit.  A product of her own key note, Speaker Caroline possess “passion and persistence in pursuit of long-term goals” Allow Caroline to further identify, and guide you into your own personal definition of grit.

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.

Achieving hard goals is one of the most rewarding things we can do in both our personal and professional lives. In her keynote presentations and workshops, Caroline blends her personal experience, real-life timely examples, and the latest research in the field of positive psychology, to come up with practical applications that allow for maximum transformation, growth and flourishing in people’s lives. Caroline leaves her audiences with tangible takeaways and actions they can use to create their own happiness and success.

Caroline has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, and teaches as part of the Wharton Business School’s Executive Education program.

Caroline is the author of six books including Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017) and Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009). Live Happy Magazine named Creating Your Best Life one of the top 10 goal setting books ever published and Getting Grit one of the 10 books that would change your life in 2017. Caroline’s books have been translated into German, Korean, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Italian

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 also known as the founder of ‘The Awethentic Effect’ which explains the infectious impact of witnessing or hearing about someone accomplishing a hard goal. And she pioneered the #Share222 movement which encourages women to share other women’s stories of success on two social media platforms at least twice a week as a way to help build each other up.

Caroline is a TEDx speaker. Her 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, CNN, and more.

Caroline 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, American Bankers Association, and Swisse Wellness. She is a top-ranked Masters Swimmer in multiple events and has a black belt in Hapkido. Caroline lives with her family in the Greater Washington, D.C. area.

See keynotes with Caroline Adams Miller
Key note by Speaker Caroline Adams Miller

The New Science of Goal Setting: How to Achieve Game-Changing Results

Goal-setting is a basic business fundamental. Everyone knows how. Or do they? Everyone uses metrics but the
world is still full of missed goals, failed objectives, and tarnished brand names. That’s because we’ve been using a
goal-setting approach based on thin air, not science.
What could your team achieve by using a proven, research-based approach to setting and achieving goals?
Effectively setting goals can leapfrog you ahead of your competitors. The right goals help you adapt more quickly
to a changing environment and help ensure success in new markets

    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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“Your talk was thought-provoking, fascinating, and refreshingly honest. The excitement seen during the Q&A discussion is certainly a testament to the relevance of your work and the quality of your presentation.”

Kelly Flaherty

Alumnae-i Network for Harvard Women - DC

“I was very fortunate to run across Caroline Miller in my search for an impactful speaker. Her speech was flawless and she gave our members "food" to take home and consider. We believe she inspired our members to be better women, moms, and contributors to their communities. I would highly recommend Caroline Miller to any type of business or non-profit that is looking to create a memorable and impactful event.”

Pam Rosener

President and Founder, Young Men's Service League

Caroline opened our conference with a talk about achieving happiness that was grounded in new research and, as a result, was thought-provoking as well as inspirational. Our audience of executive women continued to talk about Caroline's ideas for the rest of the conference. She really knocked it out of the park for us.

Marion Asnes


“Caroline Miller is an inspiration! Her engaging and powerful presentation resonated with our audience of scientists by incorporating data and research on grit into her stories and observations. She taught us not only why grit is so critical, but how to cultivate perseverance and passion to achieve our goals.”

Jennifer Kmiec

Founder, Inspiring Women in STEM Conference
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