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"That’s the definition of grit; it’s not the most talented person or the smartest person. It’s the person that is willing to continuously work day in and day out and sacrifice things that no one else is, in order to get to the next level. ”



Great starts with Grit


Grit is at the core of our identity. It is the determining factor that can set ambitious girls apart from everyone else. Intelligence and skill can only take us so far — if we put time in when no one else sees the value, that is when we can truly flourish as a strong leader. At the Lindsey Vonn Foundation, our central mission is to instill grit in young girls nationwide. When we take the opportunities that others look past, we can rise up against all odds and find empowerment within.

Below are several inspiring, insightful, and interesting stories that emphasize the importance of grit, determination, and finding the spark within. Stay gritty!


Lindsey Vonn: ‘I've been through quite a bit in my career, so I understand what grit is’

Ahead of the FIS Alpine Skiing World Cup season, one of the most successful skiers of all time talks exclusively to about what it takes to succeed.

Grit: The power of passion and perseverance

Leaving a high-flying job in consulting, Angela Lee Duckworth took a job teaching math to seventh graders in a New York public school. She quickly realized that IQ wasn't the only thing separating the successful students from those who struggled. Here, she explains her theory of "grit" as a predictor of success.


Lindsey Vonn on Pain, Grit, and What Came Next

“Skiing was my sun, and everything else in my life was all these planets orbiting around the sun. And then one day I woke up, and the sun was gone.”

Dr. Dweck’s research into growth mindset changed education forever

After studying the behavior of thousands of children, Dr. Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger.


Podcast: What Lindsey Vonn's courageous skiing career teaches us all about grit

American ‘speed queen’ Lindsey Vonn features in an unmissable episode of Mind Set Win, sharing how determination helped her overcome adversity and achieve her long-term goals.

#GritStory: Tessa Maud

Before she competed in the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics, Tessa was an LVF camper and scholar with a gritty mindset that set her apart from the crowd. With the support of LVF and a strong internal drive, Tessa was able to make her dreams a reality! Listen to Tessa explain her #GritStory and how LVF has impacted her perspective on female empowerment.

Empower every part of your life!

Instilling confidence in young girls has never been more important  — every girl deserves a chance at greatness. This is one of our core values at the Lindsey Vonn Foundation, and we're not alone in this mission. The following organizations are also incredible resources for girls to realize their true potential and make a difference in the world!

Kode With Klossy

Kode With Klossy creates learning experiences and opportunities for young women and gender expansive youth. Their programs ignite a spark that fuels our scholars' agency to pursue their passions in a tech-driven world.


GALS Inc. is an organization that creates gender-based schools around the country that teach Whole-Bodied Education, defined by learning and living with our minds, our hearts, and our bodies.

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Girl Up

Girl Up is a girl-centered leadership development initiative, focusing on equity for girls and women in spaces where they are unheard or underrepresented. They operate a global network of regional affiliates impacting 200,000 girls and youth leaders in 152 countries and all 50 U.S. states, developing transformative leaders who advance gender justice worldwide.


Write Girl

WriteGirl is a Los Angeles-based creative writing and mentoring organization that spotlights the power of a girl and her pen. At WriteGirl, they match girls with women writers who mentor them in creative writing. Every year, they produce dozens of workshops, panel discussions and special events to help girls get creative, get through high school and get to college.


Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code reaches girls around the world to make an effort to close the gender gap in new entry-level tech jobs by 2030. They're not just preparing girls to enter the workforce - they're preparing them to lead it, to improve it, to completely and totally transform it.


Girls On The Run

Girls on the Run inspires participants of all abilities to recognize their individual strengths while building a sense of connection in a team setting. Volunteer coaches facilitate lessons that blend physical activity with life skill development to enable participants to adapt to whatever comes their way.


Malala Fund

Inspired by Malala and Ziauddin’s activist roots, Malala Fund believes that local educators and advocates provide the greatest insight, innovation and energy needed to address barriers that keep girls out of school in their communities.

She Should Run

She Should Run is a national nonpartisan nonprofit working to drastically increase the number of women considering a run for public office. We envision a future where our government is fully representative of the people it serves.


Girls Inc.

Girls Inc. focuses on the development of the whole girl. She learns to value herself, take risks, and discover and develop her inherent strengths. The combination of long-lasting mentoring relationships, a pro-girl environment, and evidence-based programming equips girls to navigate gender, economic, and social barriers, and grow up healthy, educated, and independent.


Girls For A Change

GFAC programs are designed to provide consistent support to girls, from their youth into their young adulthood, and beyond.  Through experiential learning and consistent exposure, we focus on ensuring girls are ahead of the learning curve, breaking cycles and closing the opportunity gaps faced by too many disadvantaged, marginalized or underrepresented girls.


She's The First

She's The First teaches girls how to speak up for herself in her home, school, and community, while they teach the mentors in her life practical ways to support her agency. As a result, these girls become the first women in their families to achieve amazing milestones—and they are never the last.


Women's Sports Foundation

The Women’s Sports Foundation was established in 1974 to advance the lives of women and girls through sports and physical activity. Their mission is to enable all girls and women to reach their potential in sports and life. They provide financial fuel to aspiring champion athletes. They fund groundbreaking research. They educate. They advocate. And they help communities get girls active.


Girls Who Invest

Seema R. Hingorani founded Girls Who Invest (GWI) in 2015 as a non-profit organization dedicated to increasing the number of women in portfolio management and executive leadership in the investment management industry. Their approach is inclusive: education, mentoring, internships, and a supportive community.


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