"If you're looking for someone to motivate, inspire and change the trajectory of your participants' lives, look no further - Candace is your woman."
— Mary Kate C., Associate Executive Director, Guide Inc.
Candace’s encounter with a middle-school bully in Columbia, S.C. sparked a curiosity within her about what helps people confront the risks and challenges facing them. That lasting curiosity morphed into a deep interest in courage, leading her to become an author, a speaker, an entrepreneur and a mentor.
Candace helps youth and young adults across the United States build courage in themselves through her work with universities and organizations such as University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of Georgia, State University of New York Plattsburgh, National Society of Leadership and Success, YMCA, American Camp Association and many others. She combine a decade of research on courage with her experiences leading marketing teams at Chipotle Mexican Grill and solo traveling to more than 20 countries. This unique combination equips her with the implementable strategies she shares with youth to help them courageously lead, explore the world and be themselves. And, she delivers them with a dab of attitude to match the realness of courage.
In her own acts of courage, she wrote her first book If Courage Could Talk, launched the greeting card and gift company Pep Talker, and quit a successful marketing career to pursue her vision of making courage fun to talk about and easy to digest for youth everywhere.
She is a former speaker for Monster’s Making It Count Program where she visited high schools and colleges throughout the U.S. to teach students tools of success. She holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is currently based in Atlanta.