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Grit and Resilience: Revealing the ‘Secret Sauce” for Long-term Success – Debbie Roos

October 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:30 pm


Nonprofit work is hard. There is never a smooth path, enough money, or an easy answer. And yet people (you) choose this work even when – or because – it’s most challenging.  Some may say “it’s a calling.”  Perhaps. If we follow science, however, it might be something else: grit. While this trait may not be unique to nonprofit work, it might be the “secret sauce” to both success and long, happy careers. Through familiar examples and stories, this workshop will unpack the behavioral elements behind grit (and its “cousin” resilience) so that the concepts come to life. We’ll take an inventory of where students are in their respective “grit” and “resilience” journeys and provide tactical tools to enhance both.  Finally, we’ll look at the concept of “organizational grit” and ways students can both assess their organization’s status and find practical ways to strengthen it.


  • Define grit, resilience, and their identifiable behaviors (know it when I see it).
  • Identify your grit/resilience “current state” (you are here)
  • Provide tools for growing grit / resilience (change your own behavior)
  • Understand organizational grit (“me” becomes “we”)
  • Identify key operational touchpoints to enhance organizational grit and resilience (let’s all be grittier)

Who should attend: Nonprofit Management Program participants and nonprofit professionals/staff seeking to better understand and develop their own grit and resilience.

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October 10
9:00 am - 12:30 pm


San Antonio Area Foundation
155 Concord Plaza Drive Suite 301
San Antonio, TX 78216 United States
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