Welcome to GRIT:Resiliency in Action 2024!

About the Conference

Date: March 11, 2024

Location: Ent Center for the Arts at UCCS, 5225 N Nevada Ave Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Co-Sponsors: UCCS College of Public Service and The U.S. Olympic & Paralympic Museum

The Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience is thrilled to invite you to GRIT: Resiliency in Action, a gathering designed for both seasoned GRIT Coaches and newcomers to the GRIT Program. This free, one-day event aims to foster a deeper understanding of resilience, team-building, and the core principles of the GRIT Program.













Event Schedule

Below is a tentative schedule of the event. This is subject to change so check in for updates!

8:30 AM – Doors Open

9:00 AM – 10:15 AMConference Introduction with Dr. Chip Benight, Director for the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience, and Dr. Jennifer Sobanet, Chancellor at UCCS

10:15 AM – 10:30 AMBreak

10:30 AM – 11:30 PMA speech from Keynote Speaker, 4 time Olympian, Hunter Kemper

11:30 PM – 12:30 PMCatered Lunch

12:30 PM – 2:00 PMA speech from Mark Yarbrough, author of Suffer from Burnout, Give’em the F.I.N.G.E.R

2:00 PM – 2:15 PMBreak

2:15 PM – 3:15 PMA speech from Keynote Speaker, six-time Olympic Gold medalist, Amy Van Dyken

3:15 PMConference Conclusion with Dr. Chip Benight and Nicole Weis, Director of Community Training and Empowerment for the Lyda Hill Institute for Human Resilience

Featuring Keynote Speakers

Olypians Hunter Kemper and Amy Van Dyken, and Mark Yarbrough

Amy Van Dyken-Rouen - Olympian - Headshot Image
Mark Yarbrough

What to Expect

Inspirational Keynotes:
Hear from leading experts in resilience and personal development.

Interactive Workshops:
Participate in hands-on sessions to equip you with practical tools and strategies to enhance your GRIT skills.

Networking Opportunities:
Connect with a community of like-minded individuals dedicated to personal growth and resilience.

Program Insights:
Dive into the GRIT Program’s methodologies and discover how they can be applied in various settings.

Who Should Attend

  • GRIT Coaches looking for advanced strategies and networking.
  • Individuals new to the GRIT Program seeking an introduction and insights.
  • Professionals in public service, emergency response, education, and related fields.
  • Anyone with a passion for personal development and resilience.


Admission is free, but seats are limited!

Join Us!

Be a part of this empowering experience and take your first step towards mastering resilience with the GRIT Program. We welcome you to an enlightening learning, growth, and community-building day.

Together, let’s embrace resilience and unlock our full potential!

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This conference is made possible by funding from El Paso County and the American Rescue Plan Act and in partnership with the Becoming Your Personal Best, the United States Olympic and Paralympic Museum, and the UCCS Public Safety Initiative.