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1:00 - 2:45 p.m.

Charles Duhigg

Our ongoing quest to achieve better outcomes with fewer resources inevitably leads to questions of output. Why do some organizations and individuals get so much done while others struggle to produce results? The answer lies in how people view the world. Leaders who take the time to think deeply and focus fully on their goals do not let failure trip them up. Rather, their clear vision guides their path so they are able to learn from their mistakes, make the right decisions and successfully have an impact.

In his latest book, Smarter Faster Better, Pulitzer Prize–winning journalist Charles Duhigg draws on the latest findings in neuroscience, psychology and behavioral economics as well as the experiences of CEOs, four-star generals, FBI agents and airplane pilots to explain how we can improve at everything we do.

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10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Angela Duckworth

As not-for-profit leaders, passion and commitment drive much of our efforts to better the lives of the people we serve. This formula coupled with perseverance serves as a blueprint for innovation and achievement. Talent alone does not guarantee success. Instead, true success comes when people are not deterred by failure—and are driven to continuously learn by it if they have a defined passion or goal.

Psychology professor Angela Duckworth was named a 2013 MacArthur Fellow in recognition of her research on grit, self-control and other non-IQ competencies that predict success in life. Her first book, Grit: the Power of Passion and Perseverance, provides a personal account of what goes through our head when we fall down, and how that—not talent or luck—is the hallmark of high achievers.

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10:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m.

Sanjay Gupta

Global stories of how people live, struggle and adapt amidst disease, disaster and discoveries tell us much about longevity and meaning in life. Rich tales of people and places around the world create a tapestry, woven rich with color and common threads of life, giving us profound insights. It’s in these narratives that we find wisdom, lessons of the human spirit and a vision for making the world better.

A practicing neurosurgeon and award-winning journalist, Sanjay Gupta reports on health and medical news domestically and internationally. Earlier this year, he and advocate Alexander "Sandy" Halperin were honored with the Senator William and Ellen Proxmire Award for their leadership in raising awareness about Alzheimer's disease and dementia. Their CNN documentary, Sandy's Story, is an unprecedented three-year look at the journey through the disease.

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