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Caroline Adams Miller

Speaker, Educator and Author

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP, is one of the world’s leading positive psychology experts on Goals & Grit ™. Caroline is passionate about helping people get more grit, achieve their goals and find happiness! She’s spent more than 30 years helping individuals, leaders and companies to cultivate grit, one of the top indicators of success!


Caroline is the author of 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). 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 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.


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’s TEDx Talk “The Moments That Make Champions” explores the three things that we can choose to do differently to improve our chances of developing grit.


Caroline has a Masters of Applied 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.

>Presentation Topic: Teaching the Basics of Goal Setting in Wellbeing Education

In a world that is filled with catastrophic headlines and charges of “fake news,” it’s difficult for our youth to know what is real and whether they can create goals to make a meaningful difference. Teaching goal setting theory to students can contribute to helping them become more autonomous and masterful in their own lives, and give them the tools to create a roadmap for success, which also enhances emotional flourishing. Drawing from her pioneering approach to the connection between goals and happiness as outlined in her book Creating Your Best Life (2009 Sterling/reissued 2020) and her new ”BRIDGE” framework for goal setting, Caroline will share why every student should learn goal setting theory and why it can make such a positive difference.

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