Growth Mindset

See everything as a work in progress—including yourself.

When you recognize hidden opportunities buried within a problem, anything becomes possible. At the Stiller School of Business, you won't simply learn this—this is how you'll learn. This learned mindset will inspire brilliant business ideas and disrupt the status quo.

Our faculty focus on helping you discover your own hidden talents and strengths so setting you up for success—not just on tests, but in life. This doesn't mean you won't make mistakes along the way. It does mean we will teach you how to flip failures into opportunities.


A lot of workers will go much further to make a difference in the world as opposed to just making a company profitable. And they understand that they are not going to make a difference in the world if the company is not profitable.

Robert P. Stiller, Founder & Former CEO, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters
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Learn to Leverage Your Strengths

What are your signature strengths and talents? Too often we find ourselves focusing on fixing our weaknesses, but ignoring our strengths. 

At Stiller, you'll learn how to focus on and flex your unique strengths. With this change in perspective, research shows you are more likely to be happier, healthier, more engaged, and more productive in your personal and professional life.



Ratio of Stiller faculty to Stiller students


Of Stiller graduates in the last six years who secured at least one internship.

1 in 13

Most recent odds of being selected for Freeman Foundation Grant to live and intern abroad. Odds of winning the POWERBALL jackpot: 1 in 292.2 million.

What Is Growth Mindset?

Growth begins with a change in perspective. Learn to understand that "failures" are not the end of your story—they are the beginning of new learning. Our Stiller faculty will continually work to help you identify your talents, develop your strengths, and unlock your potential.

From your first day of class to your graduation day and beyond, we'll guide you to embrace a growth mindset helping you develop new personal and professional skills.

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Change the World One Question at a Time

Questions—ask the right ones and you can move an organization toward lasting success. Learning to ask what is working and why creates an atmosphere of possibility, and kicks growth into high gear. This is the mindset behind Appreciative Inquiry (AI).

As a CEO of Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, our namesake Robert Stiller, used AI to grow his small Vermont company into a global, multibillion-dollar business. As a Stiller student, you'll embrace the power of curiosity and learn how to use that awareness to grow your own ventures.

Champlain College is proud to be the home to the David L. Cooperrider Center for Appreciative Inquiry, operated by the Stiller School of Business.

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