Duncan Kirkwood, 1LT, MPA

The Psychological Resilience Critical for Success

  • Topics:
  • College & Career Prep
  • Leadership Development
  • Resilience
  • Audiences:
  • Grade 6-12 Students
  • College Students
  • Educators & Staff

Fee Range: $3K-5K

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Director of the Center for Resiliency at Villa Maria College
Army National Guard Master Resilience Trainer
Author of “Rerouting: Resilience Tools and Tactics”

Duncan Kirkwood is a veteran, father of three, and recognized authority on psychological resilience.

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. 

Educational Background: 

• BA Communications Alabama State University
• MPA University of Arizona
• Army National Guard Master Resilience Trainer


“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

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