Travel, Being Black & Doubt
Candace Doby didn’t begin traveling internationally until she was 27. The opportunities to do so beforehand were muddled in fear of physical harm, rejection from people at home and abroad, and fear of failure. It wasn’t until she read books, heard tales from friends, and did research that she began to recognize the value of travel. In this presentation, Candace, who has now traveled solo and accompanied to 14 countries, shares her thoughts on engaging people of color to go abroad, using her own perspective as a black woman navigating race and power in this world. Sharing personal travel stories and ways to support black students to identify and manage their fears about traveling abroad through a framework of courage. She also offers how travel can help one have a more global understanding of self and serve as a tool for a more robust career.
Candace Doby is an empowerment speaker who combines personal storytelling with life lessons and a dynamic presence to inspire youth and young adults to act courageously. Her interest in courage—its definition, features, semblances, myths and truths—led her to research and write about the virtue on her website, candacedoby.com. Travel is a prevalent theme in her stories—from exploring Ubud, Indonesia as a solo, black female traveler to touring Belize by bus, ferry, foot and pick up truck. She has served as an editing fellow for Travel Noire, the popular digital platform and resource for black travelers. Candace was also a top speaker for Monster’s Making It Count Program and has spoken to over 6,000 students across the southeast on topics ranging from fundamentals of school success to resisting the urge to be average. Her presentation at NAFSA (Association of International Educator’s Conference – Region VII) garnered rave reviews. Candace received BA/MA degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. At the university, she ran track, worked at the school paper, and served as a resident advisor. She is a 13-year marketing professional who has worked for some of the best advertising agencies in the country. Her most recent work in this arena was as a Field Marketing Strategist Manager for Chipotle Mexican Grill.