The Grit Factor is hosted by Shannon Huffman Polson, reimagining grit for the whole person in a life that matters. With guests from Admirals to Olympic athletes, fighter pilots to tech CEOs, listen in to conversations about getting through the toughest challenges, and find ideas and inspiration from the front lines.


Our Latest Episode

Episode 9 Just Like You: What makes RAF Tornado pilot Mandy Hickson fly

Just Like You: Mandy Hickson was one of the first women to fly the Tornado in the Royal Air Force, and flew combat missions over Iraq and Afghanistan. I talk to her about what motivated her as an ambassador today, what she worked through in her time in the RAF, the power and challenge of teams, and what she thought of the new Top Gun! And we laugh a lot. Hope you enjoy!

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Episode 8

United States Marine Corps LtGen Lori Reynolds: Hard earned lessons from one of the first women to earn 3 Stars

Episode 7

Shaye Haver and Kristen Greist - Historical leadership from the Front

Episode 6

Deidre Paknad: Innovating with Grit and Heart

Episode 5

Team Unbroken: The Forging of Purpose

Episode 4

Building For Success: Leadership through the lens of the Navy’s most senior women engineer

Episode 3

The World Champion Mindset with Olympian Adeline Gray

Episode 2

Thunder Run: The power of preparation with A-10 pilot and Colonel Kim “KC” Campbell (ret)

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Breaking Ice and Breaking Glass with Vice Admiral Sandra Stosz (ret)

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