To help young leaders everywhere courageously speak up, stand out and stay true to themselves by making courage easy to digest, fun to talk about and practical to activate.

"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 Doby is an Atlanta-based speaker, author and coach who works with universities and organizations to help young leaders build courage in themselves to have hard conversations, navigate through uncertainty and lead with authenticity.
Candace combines 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 audiences to help them understand, develop and activate personal courage.
Candace is known for delivering those strategies with appropriate attitude to match the realness of courage, which prompts clients to refer to her in-person and virtual presence as “captivating”. She has worked with clients such as the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the University of Georgia, State University of New York, National Society of Leadership and Success, Cornerstone Credit Union League, YMCA, American Camp Association and many others.
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. 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 fun to talk about and easy to digest for young 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 a former collegiate track and field athlete. Candace is also 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.

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B.A., M.A. – Journalism and Mass Communication

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Girls Going Global
Leadership Committee Member


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National Speakers Association
Leadership Team Member, Georgia Chapter