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Grit Speakers

Today, leading psychologists and educators are revealing how grit—a blend of courage, resolve, and perseverance—is the key to real achievement. Lavin’s grit speakers explore how hard work, passion, and dedication to long-term goals make all the difference—on the field, in the classroom, and at work. 

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Angela Duckworth

Author of Grit, the #1 New York Times Bestseller | Pioneering Researcher on Grit, Perseverance, and the Science of Success

In her landmark research, psychologist Angela Duckworth reveals the importance of character to success in life. Her pioneering work on grit and self-control—showcased in her instant New York Times bes...

Lauren Eskreis-Winkler

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

Lauren Eskreis-Winkler is among a select group of people who can speak authoritatively on grit: steadfast resilience that predicts success better than talent. Her customizable and interactive talks draw on unique, hands-on research to teach you how to practice (and benefit from) grit on every level.
 
David Yeager

Expert in Grit and Growth Mindset | Asst Prof. of Developmental Psychology at University of Texas, Austin

To achieve, we need more than inborn ability—we need the right mindset. David Yeager is a leading expert in grit, performance, and the growth mindset: the belief that we can change, adapt, and make pr...

Ryan Holiday

Author of Perennial Seller, Ego Is the Enemy, The Daily Stoic, and more

With bestsellers like The Daily Stoic, Ego Is the Enemy, and Perennial Seller, Ryan Holiday is a motivational speaker on everyone’s mind. The New York Times calls him “a sought-after guru to NFL coaches, Olympians, hip-hop stars and Silicon Valley entrepreneurs.”
Chia-Jung Tsay

Expert in Decision-Making and the Psychology of Negotiations | Associate Professor in the UCL School of Management

Are we ever really aware of why we choose the things we do? For example, do certain visual cues sway us disproportionately? Do we prefer natural talents to hard work? Chia-Jung Tsay studies judgment biases: the non-conscious beliefs influencing our decisions. 
 
Paul Tough

Bestselling Author of How Children Succeed and Helping Children Succeed

Paul Tough challenges the belief that intelligence, endlessly measured by test scores, is the sole predictor of how well a child will do in school and in life. In his bestselling book How Children Suc...

Scott Barry Kaufman

Professor of Psychology at Columbia University | Author of Wired to Create

Scott Barry Kaufman is a groundbreaking psychologist expanding our definitions of creativity, self-actualization, wellness, and intelligence: “a force of nature,” says Angela Duckworth (Grit). “He’s t...

Anders Ericsson

Author of Peak: Secrets from the New Science of Expertise

The world’s foremost authority on peak performance—the expert other experts turn to—is Anders Ericsson. His concept of deliberate, purposeful practice, honed over decades of trailblazing research, off...

Yvonne Camus

A Motivational Speaker on Grit and Performance | CCO of SPINCO

How can an average businesswoman and mom outperform US Navy Seals? Here’s how: through grit, determination, and resilience. Yvonne Camus is one of the world’s most trusted speakers on teamwork and per...

Darby Allen

Fort McMurray’s Fire Chief (Ret.) | Motivational and Crisis Leadership Speaker

During the catastrophic Alberta wildfires, fire chief Darby Allen shot to global acclaim for guiding the 88,000 residents of Fort McMurray to safety with no loss of life—the largest evacuation in Canadian history. Now, he offers guidance on how to be a stoic, quick-thinking leader in tough situations.