Duncan Kirkwood, 1LT, MPA
Military Veteran Teaching The Psychological Resilience Critical for Success
- College & Career Prep
- Internet Safety
- Middle & High School
- College & University
- Educators & Staff
Fee Range: $2K-5KInvite Duncan
First Lieutenant Duncan Kirkwood is a veteran, father of three, and recognized authority on psychological resilience.
Duncan is an author, Veteran, and global resilience advocate. He has spent his professional life working to empower students, educators, organizations, and communities. His mission is to ensure everyone can learn the critical tools to become the most resilient and best version of themselves.
He is blessed to be a husband and father of three. His passion is helping individuals push through their perceived limits to take control of their futures.
• BA Communications Alabama State University
• MPA University of Arizona
• Army National Guard Master Resilience Trainer
As an inner-city student, Duncan had to overcome wave after wave of setbacks to make it to graduation. With each cross current of challenge, Duncan learned new lessons that ultimately helped him thrive.
In this powerful, inspiring, and perception-shifting talk, Duncan shares his experience with failure and the critical lessons he learned along the way. Students today are dealing with challenges we couldn’t have imagined, and practical resilience skills are needed now more than ever. Your audience will walk away with a shift in how they view setbacks, renewed purpose, and a newfound love for their journey.
- Perseverance – a complete paradigm shift in how participants see failure in their lives, that setbacks are part of the journey.
- Passion – understanding the importance of getting involved on campus.
- Purpose – understanding the urgent need to discover one’s purpose in life.
- Overcoming fear of failure – understanding that even though you are afraid or uncertain, you must be bold enough to take the first step.
- Affirmation – participants will learn a powerful positive self-affirmation and mantra.
- Empowerment – participants will learn how to take power and control in their own lives.
Duncan trained soldiers to become more resilient, and now he equips students and educators with the same practical tools. As an expert in developing grit and unleashing human potential, Duncan’s presentation will create a series of “ah-ha” moments and a steady stream of engagement among your group.
Duncan combines military-tested training on resilience with science-backed tools to transform challenges into opportunities for growth.
- Presence – Letting go of the past and focusing on bringing your best self into this moment.
- Grit – Developing the fortitude to overcome every challenge and stick to a goal no matter how long it takes.
- Resilience – Understanding that resilience is a crucial part of mental health and excelling in your job.
- Self Discovery – Participants will learn to dis-identify from things titles and roles and that our value comes from the inside.
- Joy – Discover how each day can bring joy and build your mental health.
- Gratitude – How using a simple exercise can build appreciation and overcome negativity bias.
Social media has become an integral part of our society, and it is as damaging to youth as it is useful.
- 88% of youth have seen someone be mean or cruel to another person on a social networking site.
- 41% of youth had a negative experience as a result of using a social networking site.
- 22% of youth lost their friendship with someone due to actions on social media sites.
In this talk, Duncan gives illuminating information about self-confidence. He helps students to understand that most social media is altered and that their value is not correlated to how many likes they get.
With the rise of social media, there is a massive rise in depression and suicide among teens at every socioeconomic level. Social media is causing young people to develop body image issues, self-esteem issues, very unhealthy habits in search of social media validation. Duncan destroys those self-confidence threats one by one in this funny, exciting and honest presentation.
- How It Works – participants will learn how social media works.
- Reality – participants will learn what is real and not real on social media.
- Ego – participants will learn that their value is not connected to anything on social media.
- Can’t Buy Joy – participants will learn the importance of finding joy internally and the effects of searching for it in external places.
- Opportunities – participants will learn some of the positive ways to use social media that can build self-confidence.
“His message of resilience, overcoming challenges, and the value of community aligned absolutely perfectly with our mission of the village we create around our scholars. He was an absolute joy to work with...he delivered in every way.”Dr. Malleah Ellison, Wake Forest University
“Duncan spoke to both our teachers and our parent community. He was energetic, polished, and absolutely motivating. If you are considering him for your event, he is the perfect choice.”Laurel Garcia, Texas Charter School Association
“Duncan helped our students not only understand how to face adversity but also specific tools they can use to keep moving forward. It was incredibly inspirational and practical.”Stephanie Foreman, South Park High School