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Dr. Angela Duckworth

Applied Positive Psychology’s Dr. Angela Duckworth to address Class of 2017

Dr. Angela Duckworth, the Christopher H. Browne Distinguished Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, will address the graduating class of 2017 from Penn’s College of Liberal and Professional Studies (LPS). Angela is a leading researcher in the studies of grit and self-control. A 2013 MacArthur Genius Fellow, Angela has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams as well as Fortune 500 CEOs. Currently, she serves as a Faculty Director for Wharton People Analytics, an initiative that helps organizations adopt the latest insights from social science research. She is also the Founder and Scientific Director of the Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development.

Along with her academic work, Angela has a long history in community engagement. She founded a summer school for low-income children which won the Better Government Award for the state of Massachusetts and was profiled as a Harvard Kennedy School case study. She has also been a math and science teacher in the public schools of New York City, San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Angela 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 from Oxford University. She completed her PhD in Psychology as a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow at the University of Pennsylvania.

Angela has received numerous awards for her contributions to K-12 education, including a Beyond Z Award from the KIPP Foundation. Her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance—which Malcolm Gladwell called “persuasive and fascinating”—debuted May 3, 2016, as an immediate New York Times bestseller.

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