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 carry out “grit interventions” with leading organizations such as Major League Baseball Teams and the World Bank. Drawing from her hands-on research, her talks show us how to practice, and benefit from, grit on every level.
Grit—the ability to pursue long-term goals with passion and perseverance—has been proven to predict success time and time again, over and beyond measures of talent. Yet, surprisingly little research has been done as to how, or whether, grit can be cultivated. 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 alongside #1 New York Times bestselling author Angela Duckworth, Eskreis-Winkler has successfully reached everyone from struggling athletes, to students in grade school and college, to individuals at every level of the workforce. Her work reveals a critical fact: “Grit is not only important, but also malleable and can be encouraged.”
More than a stand-and-deliver lecturer, Eskreis-Winkler’s sessions prime audiences on the cutting-edge science of grit, using fun intervention techniques that work empirically to increase motivation, resilience, and other gritty qualities. Her interactive talks can be used for individual character-building, or to nurture a corporate-wide culture of “grit.”
Lauren Eskreis-Winkler earned her PhD in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania.