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.
Caroline’s speaking style blends personal experience, real life examples and cutting-edge research from positive psychology. Caroline leaves her audiences with tangible takeaways and actions they can use to create their own happiness and success. 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 authentic grit. Caroline has worked with clients across all industries and around the world including: Morgan Stanley, lululemon, Blizzard Entertainment, ScanSource, McKinsey & Company, The Wharton School/UPENN, RE/MAX, Booz Allen Hamilton, Coldwell Banker Richard Ellis Inc., American Bankers Association, Young Presidents’ Organization, Harvard Law School, and Swisse Wellness.
Caroline has a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania, graduated magna cum laude from Harvard, and teaches at the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School’s 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 facilitates webinars and training for dozens of organizations, including the VIA Institute on Character about well-being, productivity, grit, and success. Caroline was one of the first happiness experts to join and advise Happify, the premier digital platform offering evidence-based resilience solutions for employers and health plans.
Although she didn’t have a word for it at the time, Caroline used “grit” to help overcome her personal battle with bulimia. Caroline’s story became the international bestseller “My Name is Caroline” (Doubleday 1988), and was the first autobiography to give others hope that recovery was possible. She remains passionate about helping others overcome eating disorders and addiction, and has spoken as part of sessions for the Child Mind Center NYC, Project Heal, the National Association of Anorexia Nervosa and Associated Disorders (ANAD), and more.
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 bring light to the accomplishments of women in order to build each other up.
Caroline is the author of six books, including the bestselling My Name is Caroline (Doubleday 1988), which was an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild, and Positively Caroline (Cogent 2013), its sequel. Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009 and 2021), is the first mass market self-help book on the science of happiness and how it intersects with the science of accomplishing goals. The “father of Positive Psychology,” Dr. Martin Seligman, lauded Caroline’s scholarship in his book Flourish, noting that she had “added a major missing piece to the world of coaching” because of her ground-breaking and evidence-based connection between Positive Psychology and goal success. Her workbook, Your Happiest Life, is a four-week guide to help users learn how to set and accomplish goals in a step-by-step way through science-based activities and proven techniques. Caroline’s sixth book, Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017), discusses why the character strength of grit is so important to a flourishing life, who has it, and how to cultivate, amplify, hire for it, and teach it. 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. Lifehack also named Creating Your Best Life the #1 goal setting book for 2021, ahead of many well-known and popular authorities, demonstrating why Sterling Publishing chose to reissue the book 12 years after its initial launch. Caroline’s books have been translated into German, Korean, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Italian, among other languages.
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, CNN, and more. She was the first Positive Psychology expert to bring coaching and happiness to satellite radio via XM with her “Positive Tip of the Day.”
For two decades, Caroline has coached hundreds of individuals, from senior executives to professional athletes, and parents to politicians on how to identify their character strengths, get more grit and achieve their goals. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation.
Caroline was one of the first experts to join the Advisory Board of Happify, the premier digital platform offering evidence-based resilience solutions for employers and health plans with over 3 million users that is devoted to assessing and improving well-being. She created the premium goal setting track as well as the experimental Grit track, and will help gather research through the new Happify Lab. Get Inspired: goal setting grit
Caroline 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.