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Angela Duckworth

Author, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

Angela Duckworth is Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and the Founder and Scientific Director of the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development. In 2013, Duckworth was named a MacArthur Fellow in recognition of her research on grit, self-control, and other non-IQ competencies that predict success in life. Prior to her career in research, Duckworth founded a summer school for low-income children that was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study and, in 2012, celebrated its twentieth anniversary. She has also been a McKinsey management consultant and a math and science teacher in the public schools of New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. Duckworth completed her undergraduate degree in Advanced Studies Neurobiology at Harvard. With the support of a Marshall Scholarship, she completed an MSc with Distinction in Neuroscience from Oxford University. As a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow, she completed her PhD in Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania. Angela Duckworth has received numerous awards for her contributions to K-12 education, including a Beyond Z Award from the KIPP Foundation. She is also a Faculty Co-Director of Wharton People Analytics and a speaker and consultant to Fortune 100 companies, NFL and NBA teams, the OECD, the World Bank, and several nonprofit organizations including Khan Academy and CASEL. She is the author of \_Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance\_ (2016).