Duncan Kirkwood, 1LT, MPA

The Psychological Resilience Critical for Success

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

Fee: $5K-10K

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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 highly regarded global resilience speaker, author, and educator dedicated to inspiring individuals and communities worldwide.

Born and raised in Buffalo, New York, Duncan attended Alabama State University, earning a Bachelor’s degree in Communications before completing his Master’s degree in Public Administration.

While in his last year of undergrad, Duncan enlisted in the Alabama Army National Guard and went on to become a Master Resilience Trainer, where he discovered his passion for helping others build resilience and overcome adversity. This experience inspired him to pursue motivational speaking and personal development.

Duncan is the author of “Rerouting: Resilience Tools and Tactics,” a book that provides practical guidance and tools for building resilience and navigating life’s challenges. The book has been praised for its practical advice and inspirational message and has helped thousands of people worldwide build resilience and achieve their goals.

Duncan is the recipient of the National Policy Innovators in Education “Game Changers Award” for his exceptional work in education and personal development. In addition to his speaking and writing endeavors, he is the Director of the Center for Resiliency at Villa Maria College. He continues to help individuals and communities build resilience and achieve their goals.


“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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