Candace Doby

Courage Coach and Author
Speaker Candace Doby
  • Works with organizations to help emerging leaders activate personal courage to perform to their potential in the workplace
  • Combines a decade of research on courage with her experiences leading marketing teams at Chipotle Mexican Grill, starting her own business, and solo traveling to more than 20 countries as a Black woman
  • Wrote the book, If Courage Could Talk, to offer readers a compelling entry point into intentional conversations about conjuring their courage

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Candace Doby is an Atlanta-based speaker, author and courage coach who works with organizations to help emerging leaders activate personal courage in order to perform to their potential in the workplace.

Candace combines a decade of research on courage with her experiences leading marketing teams at Chipotle Mexican Grill, starting her own business, and solo traveling to more than 20 countries as a Black woman. This unique combination equips her with the implementable strategies she shares with audiences during keynotes and workshops to help them understand, develop, and flex their courage muscle.

Candace is known for delivering content with a signature blend of truth, love and realness, which prompts clients to refer to her in-person and virtual presence as “captivating”.

In her own acts of courage, Candace wrote her first book, If Courage Could Talk, to offer readers a compelling entry point into intentional  conversations about conjuring their courage. (The book is being re-released under a new publishing company in 2022). She launched the greeting card and gift company Pep Talker to help customers share motivation with people around them. And, she quit a successful marketing career to pursue her vision of making courage easy to digest and practical to activate for leaders everywhere. 

Candace holds a bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication and a master’s degree in Technology and Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is also a former collegiate track and field athlete.

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Candace Doby - Choosing Courage to Become a Better Leader

Candace Doby - Courage at Work

Helping Emerging Leaders Take More Worthwhile Risks in an Evolving Workplace

Now, more than ever, organizations need leaders to act with courage. They need leaders who are willing and able to take worthwhile risks, navigate through uncertainty, and withstand challenges in order to position their businesses for success in a constantly shifting corporate world. According to research, courage is an essential leadership. But, when emerging leaders consider potential failure or rejection in the workplace as outcomes, they can find it difficult to choose courage — opting instead for safety and limited growth. That's because they don't know how to evaluate risks or leverage the internal resources they already have to face them. In this presentation, speaker and author Candace Doby teaches audiences how to utilize tools of courage so that they can take more risks. This presentation is critical for organizations that want to develop courageous leaders who can take their businesses into the future. This presentation is appropriate for companies that want to help their people, particularly millennials, courageously speak up and stand out so that the organization can capitalize on diverse and creative thinking, innovate faster, improve processes and collaborate better.

Helping Leaders Overcome Self-Doubt and Own Their Brilliance

Leaders within your organization possess a unique set of skills and qualities capable of distinguishing them from others and creating distinctive value for clients and teammates. But when they become burdened by perfectionism, self-doubt and imposture syndrome, they make it impossible to own and demonstrate their brilliance, which is necessary to help the company reach its highest level of greatness. Instead, these leaders lose focus, decrease their productivity and weaken their ability to perform to their potential. In this presentation, speaker and author Candace Doby gives leaders the strategies they need to courageously own their brilliance, manage self-doubt and make a bigger impact on their companies. This presentation is appropriate for companies that want to help boost their employees’ productivity and creativity by helping them conjure the courage to own and demonstrate their unique talents and skills, even when times are uncertain or challenging.

Choosing Courage: 3 Steps to Help Women in the Workplace Speak Up, Stand Out and Stay True to Themselves 

In a perfect world, women would be able to fully and freely be themselves in the workplace. In reality, though, they are met with societal pressures, gender expectations and racial stereotypes that challenge their ability to be true to who they are. And, it can be  easy to magnify fear of rejection and failure …  unless they’ve got the resources to speak up, stand out and stay true to themselves. Well,  they do have the resources; they just need to know how to use them. In this captivating keynote, composed with the perfect blend of  storytelling and research, Candace Doby teaches audiences a three-part process to leverage the tools of courage to manage fear and show up authentically. This powerful keynote will help audiences audit their own internal tools to take worthwhile risks to express themselves honestly. This presentation is appropriate for organizations that want to unlock the power of its leaders who identify as female, retain happier leaders, and help employees develop personally and professionally.

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