Transformational Keynote Speaker

8x Best Selling Author on Successful Goal Setting & Grit

With a newfound need for grit and resilience, today’s thought leaders are realizing the importance of harnessing both as a pathway to long-term success and organizational flourishing. Caroline Miller is one of the world’s leading experts on the science behind grit and goal setting. She is also a driving force behind the premise that audiences can use research-based, actionable strategies to help them cultivate more grit in order to achieve their toughest and most important personal and professional goals, which will also amplify their well being.

With one of the first 32 Masters of Applied Positive Psychology degrees from the University of Pennsylvania (MAPP) and a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University, Caroline is a true pioneer in the Positive Psychology world. Her eight best selling books, executive coaching, education courses and other “life” experiences have positioned her as the “go-to” expert for both corporate leaders and others during these tough times when we are called upon to have continued resilience to navigate life both personally and professionally.

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Keynote Presentations

Curated to combine insightful scientific research with applicable examples and powerful personal stories, each of Caroline’s keynotes are designed to take the audience on a journey that cuts through the current challenges in our professional and personal lives. The underlying theme focuses on one key word…GRIT. As a positive psychology expert, Caroline explores the various ways grit can be used both professionally and personally to increase resilience, create success, and lead with happiness. As a result of these compelling talks, both business leaders and their employees are empowered with tangible takeaways and actions that profoundly affect the way they view and conduct their lives.

Bridging Grit, Resilience & Happiness

A Revolutionary Approach to Game-Changing Results

“I don’t know anybody who has thought more than Caroline Miller about how to apply the scientific research on grit and achievement to our own lives.” — Dr. Angela Duckworth, Author of GRIT

In these times of greater complexity, ever-increasing regulation and stiff global competition, organizations need leaders who can successfully weather change. Old ways of measurement and motivation need to be replaced by cutting-edge and scientific approaches. While goal setting is a basic business fundamental, the timeline for reaching those goals has changed drastically and time is no longer a luxury.

Resilient leaders know how to combine passion, persistence and purpose to embody authentic grit. Authentic
(AWE-thentic) grit awes and inspires others to become better people and imagine greater possibilities and in turn happiness for themselves. It’s “the secret to success” because it is a necessary ingredient to accomplish long-term goals. Effectively setting goals can leapfrog you ahead of your competitors and arm you with a critical superpower that will spell the difference between success and failure. Building on her revolutionary BRIDGE method (brainstorming, relationships, investments, decisions, grit and excellence), Caroline shares her research on gender differences, resilience and grit, the impact of character strengths, goal setting theory, and cultural differences. Implementing these principles empowers teams to have clear expectations, accurately measure progress and provides the resources to accomplish successful outcomes.

What makes this keynote particularly compelling is Caroline’s ppersonal and timely stories that audiences can’t help but relate to in very thought-compelling and intimate ways, which result in every individual thinking about the best ways they can bridge their grit, resilience and ultimate happiness.

Key Takeaways Include:

  • Understand various ways grit can be used both professionally and personally to increase resilience, create success, and lead with happiness
  • Develop practical strategies that support grit, such as defining purpose, developing “harmonious” passion, creating intrinsic motivation, and fostering a “growth” mindset
  • Cultivate authentic grit to stay resilient in the face of change and challenges
  • Establish accountability and build a culture of positive energizers who encourage people to put forth their best efforts in a way that inspires others to do the same

When Women Win

Leadership Strategies that Foster a World of Gritty Women

Can you relate to the “SHEcession” we hear so much about in the news lately? The pandemic has shined a spotlight on the fact that women leaders are busier than ever meeting everyone else’s expectations and juggling multiple roles, while their personal and professional goals have been left behind.

In one of her most popular presentations, Caroline inspires women leaders to become their most authentic, ideal selves and provides proven techniques to help them flourish and cultivate the persistence, humility, and courage to achieve their toughest goals. She provides clever guidance on how to create resilience and authentic “good” grit while avoiding the three types of “bad” grit that can destroy the office culture, especially for women. Another life hack explored is how to cultivate a “believe and achieve” mindset to women’s “tend and befriend” behavior so that women can learn to exult in each other’s successes and amplify each other’s ideas and efforts. The goal? Create a team of positive energizers, including men, who support women’s leadership and unique contributions to the workplace.

Key Takeways include: 

  • Identify and use their character strengths in positive ways to accomplish goals, thrive, and support others in doing the same
  • Create resilience and authentic grit – or “good grit” – while avoiding the three types of “bad grit” that can destroy the office culture
  • Add a “believe and achieve” mindset to women’s “tend and befriend” behavior so that women can learn to exult in each other’s successes and amplify each other’s ideas and efforts
  • Use the new science-based approach and BRIDGE methodology to set the right goals for themselves, their organizations and their teams for optimal outcomes


Caroline’s recent clients include: Blizzard Activision, Coldwell Banker, New Zealand Bar Association, Morgan Stanley, Brown Brothers Harriman, Wharton Business School, lululemon athletica, Inspiring Women in STEM, Canadian Positive Psychology Association, Harvard University, International Coach Federation, and YPO.


A sample of what we heard and received about Caroline’s presentations:

  • Caroline Adams Miller delivered a complete Grand Slam at our healthcare company’s corporate conference. If you are looking for a keynote speaker who adds value, integrates academic research into practical applications, and moves people to action and change, you can’t do any better than enlisting Caroline and her topic on Goal Setting and Authentic Grit.

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    Dr. Larry Benz
    President/CEO Confluent Health
  • Caroline just headlined Girls With Impact’s NextGen Women Leaders Annual Gala Breakfast in NYC and it was a home run. I’ve worked with countless speakers but what makes Caroline a standout is: she provides actionable information, is data-driven, and through her work with leaders around the world knows the inside of companies and what’s needed now. . Thank you Caroline for your incredible leadership, expertise, authenticity — and helping me to be a better leader.

    Jennifer Openshaw
    CEO and founder of Girls With Impact, author "The Millionaire Zone"
  • Caroline Adams Miller spoke for our audience of 450 credit union board members and knocked it out of the park. Her message that we can “do hard things,” but we need people to help us succeed was exactly what our audience needed to hear. She presented in an entertaining way but always from a base of sound research and without the fluff that so often accompanies messages of encouragement/motivation from the keynote stage.

    After her session, she had people lined up to talk with her. That’s always a good sign that a presentation was a great success!

    Christopher Stevenson,
    Christopher Stevenson, CAE, CIE, CCD
    SVP/Chief Learning Officer at CUES
  • From the moment she stepped on stage, the audience was riveted by Caroline’s presentation, and then they quoted her throughout the rest of the conference!

    Mary Kemper
    President, United Methodist Association
  • Caroline’s cutting-edge insights on Grit and Goal Setting are awesome, and so needed in the business world now!

    Deb Giffen
    Director of Executive Programs at The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
  • Caroline was an exceptional addition to our LEAD2017 conference and I’m so truly thankful to have been able to share her charismatic and inspirational keynote with our audience. She seamlessly engaged with everyone and left us all feeling inspired and more empowered to be better leaders in both our professional and personal lives.

    Alannah Easby
    Leader of LEAD,
  • Caroline was a powerhouse at our 2016 leadership conference. She challenged us to put the ‘awe’ back into awesome and how to use grit to accomplish our hard goals. Her message of ‘you can’t keep what you don’t give away’ inspired bold sharing and deep conversation from the audience and has continued to resonate throughout the organization beyond conference.

    Ali Fillmore
    Development Manager, lululemon athletica
  • Caroline’s engaging and thought-provoking presentation on Creating Your Best Life left our team primed to set hard short and long-term goals, push themselves to learn more and get the absolute most out of our whole person wellness and self-leadership programs. Our team felt empowered, invigorated, inspired to embrace grit and Caroline’s talk provided numerous light bulb moments I will remember forever. We are so grateful to have been able to share her knowledge and passion with our team.

    Merika Brown
    Culture & Engagement Manager, Swisse Wellness Pty Ltd
  • Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP recently was the keynote speaker for the inaugural meeting of the Berwind Executive Women’s Network, a group of 50+ executive women across seven operating companies and our Corporate office. Caroline had been referred to us with high praise for her engaging style and her deep expertise in female empowerment and leadership. She did not disappoint! Caroline has been at the forefront of the Positive Psychology field for decades and was able to share inspirational, research-based stories about resilience and grit. The feedback we’ve gotten has been overwhelmingly positive, and our female leaders left feeling inspired and energized, with specific ideas about how they can encourage and amplify other women. With Caroline’s powerful guidance, we all feel more empowered than ever before, ready to make the organizations we work for even better than they are today. Thank you, Caroline!

    Pamela Lehrer
    Senior Vice President & General Counsel at Berwind Corporation

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