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.