Education Focus: Resilience

What is resilience? Why is it important? Can we learn to be resilient, and if so, how?

Womenade Boston has chosen the subject of resilience as our education focus for 2017. At our spring Education Meeting on Monday, April 3, 2017, a panel of experts and practitioners will discuss their programs, their experiences, and how they work to foster resilience among their clients and in their own organizations. This is a crucial topic for many nonprofits serving at-risk populations. For those interested in learning more about the topic, we invite you to go deeper through the following reading list of articles and books on the topic.


Rockefeller Foundation Research on Resilience:

 “The Resilience Factor” from Momentum, the magazine of the National MS Society:

 Stories of personal resilience - a podcast on the “Dream 9” from NPR’s Latino USA:

“What makes us happy?” from The Atlantic:

From the Harvard Business Review:

“Building Resilience” -

“How Resilience Works” -

“Grit: Perseverance and Passion for Long-Term Goals,” Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 2007, Vol. 92, No. 6, 1087–1101


Angela Duckworth, “Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance” (2016)

Ann Masten, “Ordinary Magic” (2014)

Paul Tough, “How Children Succeed” (2012)

George Vaillant, “Adaptation to Life” (1977)