Angela Duckworth

Founder & CEO, Character Lab Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania

Angela Duckworth wears multiple hats as the author of New York Times Bestseller Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance; the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania; and the Founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive by improving the science and practice of character development. In her twenties, Angela left a job as a management consultant at McKinsey to teach math and science to middle schoolers. Those years in the classroom showed her that effort was tremendously important to success, and helped set the groundwork for her Ph.D. studies and ongoing research. She has been awarded a MacArthur “genius” grant, and served as an advisor to Fortune 500 CEOs, NBA and NFL teams, the World Bank, and the White House.