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Lauren Eskreis-Winkler

Few of us are born with unwavering grittiness. Thankfully, grit can be built in anyone, at any time.

Researcher at The University of Pennsylvania’s Character Lab | Speaker on Grit

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Lauren Eskreis-Winkler | Researcher at The University of Pennsylvania’s Character Lab | Speaker on Grit
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Lauren Eskreis-Winkler is among a select group of people who can speak authoritatively on grit: steadfast resilience that predicts success better than talent. Eskreis-Winkler has worked closely with Angela Duckworth—the world’s preeminent grit researcher—to do what they call “grit interventions” with Major League Baseball teams, the World Bank, and other leading organizations. Her customizable and interactive talks draw on this unique, hands-on research to teach you how to practice (and benefit from) grit on every level.

Lauren Eskreis-Winkler is a leading researcher at the University of Pennsylvania’s Character Lab and an expert on the conscious building of grit, having designed and implemented grit interventions across the globe. Developed with #1 New York Times bestselling author Angela Duckworth—who calls Eskreis-Winkler “a terrific speaker”—these interventions have reached everyone from struggling athletes, to students in grade school and college, to individuals at every level of the workforce. Grit is a field of study with sweeping real-world ramifications, Eskreis-Winkler says. It’s about pursuing long-term goals with passion and perseverance, and it has been shown to predict success over and beyond measures of talent.  

 

In keynotes, Eskreis-Winkler speaks with clarity and good humor. More than a stand-and-deliver lecturer, Eskreis-Winkler’s sessions prime audiences on the cutting-edge science of grit, using fun and motivating intervention techniques that empirically make people grittier. These interactive sessions can be used to promote grit in individuals, or to nurture a corporate-wide culture of grit. 

 

Lauren Eskreis-Winkler earned her PhD in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.

Speech Topics

Grit
Building Grit Why It’s Important and How It Can Be Cultivated
Grit, the disposition to pursue long-term goals with passion and perseverance, has been shown to predict success over and beyond measures of talent. However, very little research has addressed how or whether grit can be cultivated—until now. Lauren Eskreis-Winkler, working extensively with grit pioneer Angela Duckworth, has proven that grit can be encouraged and cultivated through deliberate practice. In this talk, Eskreis-Winkler discusses how grit enhances all kinds of success rates, from smokers trying to quit smoking, to unemployed individuals on the job market, students in grade school, and college students at risk of dropping out. She also shows how grit mentoring improves goal commitment, effort expenditure, and overall performance. You and your audience will come away from this talk understanding why grit is not only important, but also malleable, and ready to be cultivated in anyone.
 
Grit
Grit Intervention Developing Grit in Yourself and Your Organization
Grit is a personality trait defined as passion and perseverance for long-term goals, predicting success across multiple domains. Sales reps who are high in grit are less likely to quit or move to another company, and gritty Special Forces officers in the US army are less likely to drop out. In this interactive talk, Lauren Eskreis-Winkler explores cutting-edge research on the science of grit, and reviews intervention techniques that have been shown to make people grittier. These interventions can be used to promote grit in individuals, or to nurture a corporate-wide culture of grit. You will walk away from this session able to:
 
1) Articulate what grit is and why it matters.
2) Understand the difference between grit and talent, and their relative importance to success. 
3) Recognize key qualities that differentiate gritty individuals on a micro-level.
 
How do gritty people think in the face of challenge? How do they interpret setbacks? What is their response to frustration? With this knowledge set, you can recruit, staff, and build stronger teams. You will come away understanding how to build grit—in yourself, your team and within your organization’s culture.