We Envision

  • A nation where every person feels connected to community and supported to thrive.
What We Do & Why We Do It

Who We Are

Who We Are

The question for communities around the world is becoming not whether adversity will strike, but when. Inspired by the tragic loss of young lives, the National Resilience Institute began as a grassroots community resiliency project. Its mission was to stop the loss of life and to find proven solutions to build more resilient kids, families, and communities.

What unfolded was a five-year quest that took us across the country and around the globe in search of evidence-based skills and tools that empower people to prepare for, adapt to, and grow through traumatic disruptions with strength.

We invite you to join us on our journey as we continue our mission to research, educate, and advocate for a more resilient world.

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What We Do

Put simply, we help the helpers. In order to help build resilience in our world, we need to help guide those that serve and support people impacted by trauma.

Education: We provide evidence-informed programs that translate the language of science into simple and practical tools that grow human resilience.

Research: We conduct research studies and compile research to develop models that advance the field of human resilience.

Advocacy: We convene and facilitate multi-disciplinary collaborations to create innovative solutions that meet today’s most pressing challenges.

Why We Do It

The National Resilience Institute wants individuals and communities to feel prepared and empowered to respond to these challenges with resilience and strength. Through our collaborative research, education, and advocacy, we innovate solutions that grow human resilience. It is our hope to put skills and tools into the hands of those who need it most, the helpers, to create a world in which everyone can thrive.


Hope Builders


Mollie Marti, PhD, JD
President and CEO
Cedar Rapids, IA
Since founding the Institute as a grassroots community resiliency project in 2011...
April Smith, JD
Board Chair
San Antonio, TX
April Smith, JD, Board Chair, San Antonio TX As the Managing Attorney...
Liz Coenen
Board Vice-Chair
Minneapolis, MN
An educator, chaplain, and philanthropic leader who believes that mutual relationships inspire...
Chuck Peters, JD
Board Member
Cedar Rapids, IA / London, UK
A generative community builder, Chuck spent 19 years as CEO of The...
Don Stanley
Board Member
Madison, WI
Owner of a digital consulting firm and an award-winning instructor at the...
Building Resilience

Our Impact

Connecting and Equipping Human Resilience Builders

Resilience Resources

Recent Posts

Our Voice

Finding Your People

  Stepping into our 5th annual Resilience Summit, we have developed a good sense of who gets the most value from our education…and equally important, who has the most fun at our events! Here are the Top 10 ways to know if we are your people: You believe that the essence of resilience is relationships.…

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A Cross-Cultural Perspective on Healing Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs)

Each year, our Resilience Summit provides education on healing trauma, including adverse childhood experiences, and building resilience. We also welcome extraordinary resilience pioneers from around the world as faculty members. This year, these two things are coming together more powerfully than ever. A special interactive session brings together the brilliance of Lisa Cherry, an author…

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