Angela Duckworth

Keynote Speaker

Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor of Psychology, University of Pennsylvania. Co-founder, chief scientist and board member of Character Lab.

Angela Duckworth is the Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, faculty co-director of the Penn-Wharton Behavior Change for Good Initiative, and faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics. A 2013 MacArthur Fellow, she has advised the US Department of Education, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Her book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is a #1 New York Times best seller and her TED talk is one of the most-viewed of all time. She also co-hosts the popular podcast “No Stupid Questions” with Stephen Dubner. 

Duckworth completed her undergraduate degree in Advanced Studies Neurobiology at Harvard, graduating magna cum laude. With the support of a Marshall Scholarship, she completed an MSc with Distinction in Neuroscience at Oxford University. She received her PhD in Psychology as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania. Prior to her career in research, she worked as a McKinsey management consultant and as a math and science teacher at public schools in New York City, San Francisco, and Philadelphia. She founded a summer school for underserved children that was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study; 2018 marked the 25th anniversary of the program. She is also the founder of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance scientific insights that help children thrive.