Candace Doby

Candace Doby offers real talk about what motivated her to travel abroad as a black woman.

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Travel, Being Black & Doubt

Candace Doby didn’t begin traveling internationally until she was nearly 30. The opportunities to do so beforehand were muddled in fear of physical harm, rejection from people at home and abroad and 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 13 countries, shares personal travel stories and discusses ways to help black students identify and manage their fears about traveling abroad. She also offers how travel can help them have a more global understanding of themselves.

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Candace is a phenomenal and inspiring speaker! Her energy and bright spirit combined with her warmth and fearlessness have helped me find to courage to share my own voice and story. Since hearing her speak, I have learned how to ‘cross the bridge’ and use fear to launch me into a life of greater purpose and fulfillment.”  – Shawn Patrick Rivera, Life Is A Verb Participant. 
Candace is a wonderful speaker who motivated our freshman class to set their high school years out on the right path. Candace was engaging and relatable, which is important in holding the attention of high schoolers. Our students walked away from Candace‘s Speech feeling inspired to make the most out of the their freshman year. ” – Jocelyn S., Teacher, Midwood High School

About Candace

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, 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 was an editing fellow in 2015 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 in assemblies, classrooms and graduation ceremonies on topics ranging from fundamentals of school success to resisting the urge to be average.  She received bachelor and master 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. Currently, she is a marketing strategist manager for Chipotle Mexican Grill.

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