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2017 Session | Option B: Finding Joy in the Face of Adversity

After the sudden death of her husband, Sheryl Sandberg felt certain she and her children would never feel pure joy again. Her friend Adam Grant, a psychologist at Wharton, told her there are concrete steps people can take to recover and rebound from life-shattering experiences. We are not born with a fixed amount of resilience. It is a muscle that everyone can build. Option B combines Sheryl’s personal insights with Adam’s eye-opening research, exploring how a broad range of people have overcome adversity. In this session, Adam will share real-life stories to reveal the capacity of the human spirit to persevere and to rediscover joy. Attendees will learn how to help others in crisis, develop compassion for ourselves, raise strong children, and create resilient families, communities, and workplaces. Participants will walk away with strategies and inspiration to apply these learnings to everyday struggles, allowing you to brave whatever lies ahead. We all live some form of Option B.

Speaker: Adam Grant, top-rated professor, Wharton and best-selling author, Option B

Celeste Ng, New York Times Bestselling author, Little Fires Everywhere

Emcee: Christina Luconi, chief people officer, Rapid7