Transformational Keynote Speaker

8x Best Selling Author on Goal Setting & Grit

In today’s world, where grit and resilience are more important than ever, thought leaders are recognizing the value of harnessing these traits for long-term success and organizational flourishing. Caroline Miller is a leading expert on the science of grit and goal setting, and a driving force behind the idea that research-based, actionable strategies can help individuals cultivate more grit to achieve their most challenging personal and professional goals, while also enhancing their well-being

As a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard University and one of the first 32 recipients of a Masters of Applied Positive Psychology degree from the University of Pennsylvania, Caroline is a pioneer in the Positive Psychology field. Her eight best-selling books, executive coaching, and educational courses have established her as the go-to expert for corporate leaders and others seeking resilience to navigate personal and professional challenges.

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Keynote Presentations

Caroline’s keynotes combine insightful scientific research, applicable examples, and powerful personal stories to take audiences on a journey through the challenges of professional and personal life. With a focus on the key theme of GRIT, Caroline, as a positive psychology expert, explores how grit can be used to increase resilience, achieve success, and lead with happiness. These compelling talks empower business leaders and employees with tangible takeaways and actions that profoundly impact 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

With increasing complexity, regulation, and competition, organizations require resilient leaders who can navigate change with ease. Caroline’s program offers cutting-edge, scientifically proven methods for success.

Caroline’s BRIDGE method (brainstorming, relationships, investments, decisions, grit, and excellence) forms the foundation of her program. She presents research on resilience, grit, gender differences, character strengths, goal-setting theory, and cultural differences. By applying these principles, teams can set clear expectations, accurately measure progress, and achieve successful outcomes.

Caroline’s keynote is engaging due to her personal and timely stories that resonate with audiences. Attendees gain a deeper understanding of how to use grit professionally and personally to increase resilience, achieve success, and lead with happiness. By cultivating authentic grit, individuals can remain resilient in the face of change and challenges.

Key takeaways include:

  • Defining purpose, fostering harmonious passion, creating intrinsic motivation, and cultivating a growth mindset with practical strategies.
  • Establishing accountability and building a culture of positive energizers to inspire individuals to put forth their best efforts and motivate others to do the same.

Empowering Women to Win

Strategies for Cultivating Grit and Success in the Workplace and Beyond

In today’s world, women leaders face unique challenges, particularly in the wake of the pandemic

Caroline Miller’s presentation, “Empowering Women to Win,” provides actionable advice on how to achieve personal and professional goals while avoiding the three types of “bad grit” that can undermine office culture. Caroline empowers women to cultivate resilience and authentic “good grit,” while also embracing a “believe and achieve” mindset that supports their unique contributions to the workplace.

Through the use of her scientifically proven BRIDGE methodology, Caroline helps women identify their character strengths and set goals for themselves and their teams that lead to optimal outcomes. Attendees will leave this presentation feeling inspired to cultivate a team of positive energizers who support women’s leadership and amplify each other’s successes.

Key takeaways include:

  • Achieving personal and professional goals by identifying and using character strengths.
  • Building resilience and authentic grit while avoiding “bad grit.”
  • Empowering women in the workplace by cultivating a ‘Believe and Achieve” mindset and using the BRIDGE methodology to set effective goals for yourself and your team.

Mastering Goal Setting for Organizational Success

Effective goal setting is crucial for achieving organizational success, yet many companies fail to utilize the #1 evidence-based approach outlined by Locke & Latham’s theory (1990).

In a post-COVID world, clear goals are critical for coaching employees, facilitating teamwork, and providing accurate performance data for a hybrid and distributed workforce.

Key takeaways include:

  • Utilizing the Locke & Latham theory for effective goal setting.
  • Differentiating between learning and performance goals to avoid the dangers of mixing them up.
  • Achieving KPIs with Caroline’s BRIDGE™ method and avoiding the dangers of relying solely on grit for challenging goals.


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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