Audio interview with Judith Rodin

Failing safely.

Judith Rodin began her career as a psychologist thinking about stress and coping mechanisms. She wanted to know why some people seem to do better with comparable stressors. This area of interest continued throughout her career when she later became the President of the University of Pennsylvania, and then the President of the Rockefeller Foundation; the first woman to hold both roles. In 2014, while at Rockefeller, she published a book called The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong. The book defines five principles that all resilient entities have, and so if you find yourself wondering how you can develop some of these—don’t fret; it’s possible, and Judith tells us how.

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Judith Rodin

Dr. Judith Rodin is a pioneer, innovator, change-maker, and global thought-leader. For over two decades, Dr. Rodin led and transformed two global institutions: The Rockefeller Foundation and the University of Pennsylvania. A research psychologist by training, she was one of the pioneers of the behavioral medicine and health psychology movements. Dr. Rodin’s leadership ushered The Rockefeller Foundation into a new era of strategic philanthropy that emphasized partnerships with business, government, and the philanthropic community to address and solve for the complex challenges of the 21st century. At Penn, Dr. Rodin presided over an unprecedented decade of growth and progress that transformed the institution, its campus, and the community, taking the university from sixteenth to fourth in U.S. News and World Report national rankings. The University also engineered a comprehensive, internationally acclaimed neighborhood revitalization program in West Philadelphia. Dr. Rodin serves as a member of the board for several leading corporations and many non-profits. She has authored more than 200 academic articles and chapters, and has written or co-written 15 books, including her two most recent, The Power of Impact Investing: Putting Markets to Work for Profit and Global Good and The Resilience Dividend: Being Strong in a World Where Things Go Wrong.

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