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 a speaker, author of A Cool Girl’s Guide to Courage, and coach who works with organizations to create a culture of courage where employees perform at their highest potential.

Candace combines a decade of research on courage with her experiences leading marketing teams at Chipotle and traveling the world solo. This unique combination equips her with the implementable strategies she has shared with thousands of leaders to help them courageously speak up, step up, and show up in the workplace.

Candace is known for delivering those strategies with a blend of truth, love, and a bit of shade to match the realness of courage, which prompts clients to refer to her in-person and virtual presence as “captivating.” Her work has been featured on MSNBC and NPR.

Candace is the creator of “The Courage Hotline” podcast, host of The Own Your Brilliance retreat, and owner of Pep Talker greeting cards. 

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, where she also ran track.

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Candace Doby: Own Your Brilliance

How to create a Courage-Ready Culture™. What could your organization accomplish with a workplace culture that duly equips and rightly supports team members to take worthwhile risks and perform to their potential? A lot — including more innovation, higher employee engagement and increased productivity. In this presentation, speaker and coach Candace Doby shows leaders how to create a Courage-Ready Culture™ where everyone can contribute and own their brilliance.

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Follow the courage process its team members go through to prepare themselves to own their brilliance at work.
  • Identify key opportunities within that process to deliberately engage and support their teams in taking worthwhile risks. 
  • Apply key strategies to those opportunities that, when repeated, start to create a culture where employees are ready, willing and able to courageously speak up, step up and show up.

Courage at work: How to Take More Risks and Own Your Brilliance. An organization's ability to reach its highest level of excellence comes down to one thing: its people — courageously owning their brilliance, in both typical and transitional times.  But how do you get them to speak up with divergent ideas, show up with authenticity and step up with confidence when failure and judgment loom as potential outcomes?

In this leadership development presentation, speaker and coach Candace Doby blends storytelling and research to take participants through a process for how to manage fear, activate personal courage and take worthwhile risks — so they can unleash their potential and make a greater impact on their organization.

By the end of this presentation, participants will be able to:

  • Identify three key components in the development of courage that will eliminate the frustrating feeling of not knowing where to start when facing a new challenge. 
  • Convert those components into a process that prepares them to evaluate risks from insight, instead of insecurity.
  • Leverage that process when opportunities arise for them to step outside of their comfort zone and demonstrate their brilliance.

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