We Envision

  • A nation where every person feels connected to community and supported to thrive.
Equipping Hope Builders


Resilience First Aid Series: Community Crisis Response with David Schonfeld…

Wed, 10 April 2019 – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT Cost: 0$- 25$ Get Tickets Now! LocationCRST International Graduate Center1650 Matterhorn Drive NortheastCedar Rapids, IA 52402 Supporting Children, Adults and Community at Times of Crisis and Loss Crisis and loss are common in the lives of youth, whether due to a death or crisis…

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Resiliency and Trauma-Informed Care Symposium

May 22nd, 2019 | 8:15 am – 4:30 pm Cost: $25 Scholarships are available to cover this fee if needed. Please contact Joan Hackbarth at jhackbarth@tanagerplace.org for more information. Hosted by Tanager Place and National Resilience Institute (NRI), we hope you’ll help us celebrate Mental Health Month by attending the Resiliency and Trauma-Informed Care Symposium!…

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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


Creating Positive Cultures

Note: This is Part 3 of a series on The Ultimate Wellbeing in Education Conference (#IPENWellBeingEd) conference that our CEO, Dr. Mollie Marti, attended in London. Read Part 1 here and Part 2 here. Being a practitioner of positive psychology, I greatly enjoyed hearing Dr. Martin Seligman present his five factor PERMA framework. The following factors support resilience and wellness: Positive emotions. Although we each have base set point (as…

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Resilience Skills Are Teachable

This is Part 2 of a series on The Ultimate Wellbeing in Education Conference (#IPENWellBeingEd) that our CEO, Dr. Mollie Marti, attended in London late last year. Read Part 1 here. Martin Seligman, pictured above, who directs the Positive Psychology Center, gave an overview of the important paradigm shifts we’ve experienced over the past century in the field of psychology. A few key points that resonated with us: We have…

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