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June 7-9, 2021 – Online

Let’s navigate the admissions horizon together.


Caroline Adams Miller, MAPP (she/her)

Caroline is one of the world’s leading experts on the science behind successful goal setting and the use of ‘good grit’ to achieve hard things. For more than 30 years, she’s been sharing her research-backed, actionable strategies to help people cultivate more grit and dig deeper to clarify and achieve their toughest goals. 

Angela Duckworth, winner of the 2013 MacArthur Genius grant for her research on grit, said of Caroline: “I don’t know anybody who has thought more than Caroline about how to apply the scientific research on grit and achievement to our own lives!”  

Caroline is a TEDx speaker and author of six best-selling books, including Getting Grit (Sounds True 2017) and Creating Your Best Life (Sterling 2009).

Caroline’s keynote will include:

  • Why grit matters and what the research predicts about this quality
  • Tips on how to interview applicants so that their grit is observable
  • Understand key behavioural contributors to good grit, such as a growth mindset, willpower, and humility
  • How “changing the channel” in one’s head can help one become gritty

Sunjay Nath

Sunjay Nath (MBA, CSP, HoF) (he/him)

Sunjay Nath is an expert in Strength-Based Leadership and has presented more than 2,000 presentations worldwide. Applying the 10-80-10 Principle®, Sunjay helps institutions successfully manage culture shifts, increase job satisfaction, lower stress in the workplace and at home, and reduce turnover.

The 10-80-10 Principle is a framework that allows you to increase your performance and results by focusing your energy and efforts on the highest yielding activities. Every person or group already exhibits behaviours that are Top 10 (percent) – those behaviours that lead to high performance and achievement. What people lack is the knowledge to consistently operate at that dynamic Top 10 level.

Sunjay’s keynote will include:

  • Opportunity for the audience to identify their Top and Bottom 10 and then demonstrate Awareness, Choice, Time (A.C.T) with the 10-80-10 Principle to create greater performance levels in their lives
  • Allow admissions teams to create a healthier institutional culture by cultivating and training toward team members’ strengths
  • Increase team cohesion by increasing output with fewer resources
  • Help reduce stress and increase fulfillment on the job while navigating complex situations with maximum results

Evolve Benton

Evolve Benton, MA, MFA (they/them)

Evolve is an Equity and Inclusion Manager at the University of California, San Francisco School of Medicine (UCSF) responsible for creating programs such as The Differences Matter New Student Orientation, and overseeing/advising underrepresented student leadership and retention.

They are also a speaker, educator and curator who inspires audiences to think about questions of performance, diversity, inclusion, transformation, climate, and equality. Their passion for social justice and real change manifests in their inspirational speeches, which they further support with visuals, personal stories, and other experiential tools and strategies.

Evolve will take you through a thoughtful narrative of the medical student experience beyond the application. This talk will focus on tips to anchor you in curating an inclusive admission process that centers performance without stress and empowers self love. 

Evolve’s keynote will include:

  • Reflection on UCSF student narratives post application
  • How stress shows up in our application processes
  • Tools to manage your unconscious bias
  • Understand the student experience and reflect on your personal responsibility to empower holistic admissions processes
  • Tools for participants to be proud of diversity but be moved towards admission environments that are anchored in inclusivity.

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