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Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP Goals & Grit ™ Expert

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  • The BRIDGE to Goal Success - A Revolutionary Approach to Game-Changing Results
  • Cultivating Grit and Resilience - Harnessing Passion, Perseverance and Purpose for Success
  • When Women Win - Leadership Strategies that Foster a World of Gritty Women
  • How to Cultivate Grit in Schools… And Put the “Awe” Back in Awesome

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  • 2019 Thriving Women Thriving World: An invitation to Dialogue, Healing, and Inspired Actions
  • 2017 Getting Grit - the Evidence Based Approach to Cultivating Passion, Perseverance and Purpose
  • 2013 Positively Caroline: How I Beat Bulimia For Good … and Found Real Happiness
  • 2011 Creating Your Best Life: The Ultimate Life List Guide
  • 1994 Bright Words for Dark Days
  • 1991 Feeding the Soul: Daily Meditations for Recovering from Eating Disorders
  • 1988 My Name Is Caroline

Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP is one of the world’s leading positive psychology experts on Goals & Grit™. Caroline is passionate about helping people get more grit, achieve their goals and find happiness. She’s spent 30+ years helping individuals, leaders and companies learn and integrate the science of goal accomplishment. Caroline has a Masters of Applied Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard. She is the author of seven books, including Getting Grit, Creating Your Best Life and My Name is Caroline. Caroline’s work has been featured around the world for decades in such outlets as CNN and BBC.


In her keynote presentations and workshops, Caroline blends personal experience, real life examples and cutting-edge research in positive psychology and related fields, to come up with practical applications that create fresh awareness of how to cultivate and maintain meaningful change. Caroline leaves her audiences with tangible takeaways and actions they can use to create their own happiness and success, and is known for identifying a new pathway – the BRIDGE method - to 21st century goal accomplishment that updates older approaches with fresh research on gender, leadership, humility, negotiations and group support, among other important topics.

Caroline’s TEDx Talk “The Moments That Make Champions” explores the three things that we can choose to do differently to improve our chances of developing grit.

Caroline has worked with clients around the world including: Morgan Stanley, lululemon, The Wharton School/UPENN, RE/MAX, Booz Allen, the American Bankers Association, Young Presidents’ Organization, Harvard Law School, and Swisse Wellness.


Caroline is the author of seven books, including the bestselling My Name is Caroline (Doubleday 1988), which was an Alternate Selection of the Literary Guild, and Positively Caroline (Cogent 2013), its sequel. Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009/2021), is the first mass market self-help book on the science of happiness and how it intersects with the science of accomplishing goals. It is popular in the mass market and is also used as a textbook in numerous coaching and Positive Psychology classes around the world. The “father of Positive Psychology,” Martin Seligman, lauded Caroline’s scholarship in his book Flourish, noting that she had “added a major missing piece to the world of coaching” because of her ground-breaking and evidence-based connection between Positive Psychology and success. Her workbook, Your Happiest Life, is a four-week guide to help users learn how to set and accomplish goals in a step-by-step way through science-based activities and proven techniques. Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017) discusses why the character strength grit is so important to a flourishing life, who has it, and how to cultivate, amplify, and teach it. Her newest book, Umoja Warrior Tribes (2021) is a how-to guide for women on how to create and benefit from a mastermind group.

Live Happy Magazine named Creating Your Best Life one of the top 10 goal setting books ever published and Getting Grit one of the 10 books that would change your life in 2017. Caroline’s books have been translated into German, Korean, Spanish, Chinese, Japanese and Italian.

Caroline has been a chapter contributor to a number of books including Full Lives, Thriving Women, Thriving World and a French psychology textbook.


Caroline’s work has been featured in hundreds of magazines, newspapers and other media around the world including BBC World News, The New York Times, The Washington Post, NBC, NPR, and CNN. She was the first Positive Psychology expert to bring coaching and happiness to satellite radio via XM with her “Positive Tip of the Day.”


For over two decades, Caroline has coached hundreds of individuals, from senior executives to professional athletes, and parents to politicians on how to identify their character strengths, get more grit and achieve their goals. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) through the International Coach Federation. In 2015, Caroline was named “one of the 10 Positive Psychology coaches to follow.” She is often selected to coach CEOs and their senior leadership on leadership skills including goal setting, character strengths in the workplace and motivation.


Caroline is a popular presenter in the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton Business School Executive Education program. She was an adjunct lecturer in Positive Psychology and coaching at NYU’s School of Continuing and Professional Studies, and at the University of Texas-Dallas School of Management for almost a decade. She facilitates webinars and training for dozens of organizations, including the VIA Institute on Character about well-being, productivity, grit, and success. Caroline was one of the first happiness experts to join and advise Happify, the premier digital platform offering evidence-based resilience solutions for employers and health plans.


Caroline has a Masters of Applied Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania and graduated magna cum laude from Harvard.

She is a top-ranked Masters Swimmer in multiple events, has a black belt in Hapkido and has more than three decades of unbroken recovery from bulimia.

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