Caroline Paul


Before launching her career as a bestselling author, Caroline Paul embarked on a long list of unlikely adventures, ranging from flying experimental planes to whitewater rafting unexplored rivers in Borneo and Australia. By day, Paul was one of the first women to work for the San Francisco Fire Department—a job that inspired her first work of nonfiction, Fighting Fire. Her latest book, The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure, uses stories from her own life as a gutsy woman to inspire girls to break the rules, take risks and accept seemingly insurmountable challenges. It’s Lean In for middle grade girls, set not in the workplace, but on bicycles, tree branches, sea kayaks, and cliff edges.

In 2016, Paul took the TEDWomen conference by storm, and her TED talk has already been viewed over 1 million times. Whether Paul is speaking to a conference of corporate leaders or a gymnasium full of girls, her message is galvanizing. What would you do if you weren’t afraid? What risks—both emotional and physical—would you take? She invites audiences to stop living life in the shallow end and cannonball into the deep, meaningful waters. 

Brimming with insights gained on her picaresque journey from firefighter to best-selling author, Caroline Paul’s "The Gutsy Girl: Escapades for Your Life of Epic Adventure" is a revolutionary guide for raising brave young women.
Bravery is learned, and like anything learned, it just needs to be practiced. We have to take a deep breath and encourage our girls to skateboard, climb trees and clamber around on that playground fire pole.
—Caroline Paul
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