2017 Archives

SMU students meet noted author and researcher Angela Duckworth

Members of the SMU Women's Golf Team meeting Angela Duckworth
Angela Duckworth (center) meets with SMU's Women’s Golf team before the Tate Student Forum, attended by SMU students and others Jan. 31.

February 3, 2017

SMU students, including the Women's Golf Team, met with Angela Duckworth when she spoke at the University on Jan. 31 as part of Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series. Regarded as one of the country’s finest platforms for distinguished and engaging discussions, the series annually brings thought-provoking and entertaining icons to the campus and Dallas community.

A distinguished professor of psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, she is also the founder and scientific director of the Character Lab, whose mission is to advance the science and practice of character development.

Duckworth studies grit and self-control, two attributes that are distinct from IQ and yet powerfully predict success and well-being. A 2013 MacArthur “Genius” Fellow, she has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and 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 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, debuted in 2016 as a New York Times bestseller.

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