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Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance

On behalf of EO Philadelphia,  our Strategic Alliance Partner First Financial Group is excited to host renowned author, professor and Ted talk presenter Angela Duckworth.

Who succeeds in life? In this presentation, Angela Duckworth reviews her research on grit, the tendency to pursue long-term goals with perseverance and passion. She describes the predictive power of grit for performance in the National Spelling Bee, graduation from West Point, graduation from the ChicagoPublic Schools, and a variety of other contexts. She explains what makes gritty individuals different from others, and finally, she summarizes her thinking on how to cultivate grit.

  • Date: May 5, 2016
  • RSVP: By April 29, 2016
  • Venue: Pyramid Club, 1735 Market St, Philadelphia, PA 19103
  • Parking: User Pays, lots and street parking available. 

The Pyramid Club offers discounted parking at both Sonesta Hotel and StandardParking Garage.

Sonesta Hotel offers Valet Service while Standard Parking Garage is Self Park.
Discounted tickets provided at the Pyramid Club Receptionist. 
Sonesta Hotel Philadelphia 1800 Market Street
All Day Passes - $17.00 per car
Evening After 5:00 p.m.- $12.00 per car

  • Attendees: EO Members, KEF Members and Sponsors. Guests at a rate of $50.  
  • Food/Beverage: Light reception to follow
  • Attire: Business Casual - Club Dress Code

Description: Why do some people succeed and others fail? Sharing new insights from her landmark research, Angela explains why talent is hardly a guarantor of success.

Angela has found that grit—a combination of passion and perseverance for a singularly important goal—is the hallmark of high achievers in every domain. She's also found scientific evidence that grit can grow.

Angela gives a first-person account of her research with teachers working in some of the toughest schools, cadets struggling through their first days at West Point, and young finalists in the National Spelling Bee. She also mines fascinating insights from history and shows what can be gleaned from modern experiments in peak performance. Finally, she shares what she’s learned from interviewing dozens of high achievers—from JP Morgan Chase CEO Jamie Dimon to Seattle Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll.

Winningly personal, insightful, and even life-changing, Grit is a book about what goes through your head when you fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—makes all the difference.