Peg Smith lives in southern Indiana. She completed her bachelor’s degree in early childhood and family studies and her master’s in management.
Her over 43 years of experience working with children, youth, and families at the local, state, and federal levels has brought her recognition for her entrepreneurial work style and ability to move people, organizations, and government agencies through significant change.
In 1998, Peg became the Chief Executive Officer of the American Camp Association. Under her leadership, ACA became a well respected innovator and leader in the field of youth development. Peg’s vision and leadership has had an impact on children and families in the U.S. and globally. She retired in 2014.
Candace Doby is an empowerment speaker who has been examining the definition, features and obstacles of courage for a decade. Through that process, she developed her own courage to travel across the world alone, start an commerce business and audition for a professional dance team (without having formal dance training.) Now, she loves helping girls and women understand their fears and conjure their courage.
As a speaker, Candace has combined personal storytelling with research-driven takeaways to inspire thousands of students across the southeast to act courageously. She was 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. When she’s not reading the latest research on courage, you can find her designing her line of Pep Talker greeting cards, available in stores in Atlanta, or dancing in front of her bathroom mirror.
Candace received bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She is a 15-year marketing strategist who has worked at some of the best agencies and companies in the country, most recently at Chipotle Mexican Grill.