Derrick Carpenter

Lead Instructor, Penn Resilience Program, Positive Psychology Center, University of Pennsylvania

About Derrick:

Derrick is a lead instructor for the University of Pennsylvania Resilience Program, delivering skills on the science of resilience and well-being to individuals and organizations. As part of the team at Penn, he has delivered and facilitated resilience workshops for the United States Army, the Oklahoma City Thunder, St. Peter’s College of Australia, and the University of Texas.

He also consults with organizations on well-being science and the application of Positive Psychology interventions. He is an instructor and coach for the Quiet Leadership Institute led by Susan Cain, the author of Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking, helping organizations including NASA, LinkedIn, GE, and GoDaddy enhance the well-being of both introvert and extrovert employees. He is also an advisor for Happify, a website that integrates the science of Positive Psychology into web- and app-based tools that support users in overcoming anxiety, stress, and other challenges to their well-being. Derrick has led experiential learning courses on leadership and resilience for business schools such as Wharton, Columbia Business School, and Darden at the University of Virginia, and businesses including Intel, McKinsey, Nike, and Waste Management.

He has researched learning, talent, and what makes people great in psychology labs at Harvard, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania. Derrick holds a BS in Mathematics from MIT and a Master of Applied Positive Psychology from the University of Pennsylvania. Derrick and his wife live in central Connecticut.