Keynotes & Training That Teach People, Teams, And Organizations To Reach Their Infinite Potential. 

DR. CANDICE MCDONALD is a motivational speaker and trainer committed to helping organizations and individuals foster strategies to discover their infinite potential.

From sleeping in a shelter to working at NASA and volunteering as a first responder, Dr. Candice’s knowledge, courage, and determination have inspired attendees worldwide.

She has helped countless individuals and organizations maximize their outcomes. As a certified business expert and former licensed counselor, Dr. Candice understands the complexity of business operations and Compassion for people.



“I HAVE NOT ALWAYS BEEN DR. CANDICE, WHO WORKS AT NASA, VOLUNTEERS AS A FIRST RESPONDER, AND SPEAKS ALL OVER THE WORLD. I HAVE SPENT THE NIGHT IN A SHELTER. I HAVE LIVED IN POVERTY. I HAVE MADE A LOT OF MESSY CHOICES IN MY LIFE, BUT MY LIFE HAD A PLOT TWIST! I LEARNED TO TAKE CONTROL AND #SUCCESSUPLIFE! LET ME INSPIRE YOU AND YOUR ORGANIZATION TO DO THE SAME.”

Dr. Candice McDonalD

Keynotes & Training

Becoming a Catalyst for Change When the World Resists

Dr. Candice’s most inspiring keynote will help you realize your fullest potential and provide you with the strategies needed to flip the script within your personal life or organization. Based on a combination of research and her personal journey of going from sleeping in a shelter to receiving one of NASA’s top career awards.
This keynote will not only inspire attendees to embrace change but will also offer the steps to create personal and organizational change. 

“Dr. Candice is both inspiring AND energetic!” 

Women’s Empowerment Retreat

Breaking Down Recruitment & Retention Challenges

Based on Dr. Candice’s doctoral research and her passion for increasing the spirit of organizational commitment, Dr. Candice offers research-based/proven strategies to reduce turnover and increase recruitment among all generations. Attendees will gain an understanding of the barriers leading to turnover and learn to build a custom plan for their organization.

“Dr. Candice rocked it today! So much energy and an excellent message!”

WISCONSIN Fire Chief

Engaging At-Risk Populations to Reduce Safety Risks

Dr. Candice’s past combined with her research and training with at-risk populations will both inspire and challenge you to approach at-risk populations in a more effective way. Before becoming a firefighter and receiving one of NASA’s top career awards, Dr. Candice McDonald was the “at-risk population” and slept in a shelter. This workshop combines research, her personal journey, and training to inspire effective change in how fire and EMS professionals reach the vulnerable members of their community. 
 
There has been a long history between at-risk populations and elevated fire and health risks. These risks pose an added threat to the safety of our first responders. This problem exists in both rural and urban areas. Many fire and EMS professionals find challenges in addressing life safety risks among at-risk populations. At-risk populations, also referred to as socially vulnerable populations, require special attention to reduce life safety risks. 
 
This workshop will help fire service personnel learn how to better relate to hard-to-reach populations to increase empathy, deliver effective education, build community collaborations, and positively affect change within their community to reduce life safety risks. Attendees will gain an understanding of why barriers exists and how to reach these vulnerable populations to create a culture of safety. This keynote will not only inspire attendees to embrace change but will also offer the steps to create personal and organizational change. 

Reputation Management: Preventing Career Derailment

This workshop is based on the CVVFA Reputation Management White Paper, Dr. Candice’s research, and the plain dumb mistakes in her own life, AKA “trial and error.” In an era of citizen journalism, permanently cemented social media posts, and human mistakes, employees are not exempt from making headlines for the wrong reasons. Like preparing for emergencies, we need the strategies to mitigate reputation threats and a solid plan to build stakeholder relationships.

From Food Stamps to Rocket Ships – Learning to Flip Your Script!

Join Dr. Candice as she takes you on her journey of moving past poverty and personal traumas to achieve what they said she couldn’t. Dr. Candice’s message will empower you to strategically overcome your own life roadblocks, push you to embrace innovation, and empower you to create opportunities. This is the perfect keynote to help audiences embrace change and innovation for personal and organizational success.

“So powerful, such an inspiration!

Community Educator

Communicating with Candor and NOT Chaos

Based on research and Dr. Candice’s past chaos of failed communication (AKA “oopsies”). There is no room for chaos in effective communication. The art of message delivery is key for effective supervisors and employees. Attendess will learn the skills needed to effectively say anything to anyone candidly and professionally. This includes learning how to effectively communicate with your supervisor, provide feedback to those you lead, address openly and professionally uncomfortable topics in the workplace, and the art of navigating through difficult conversations.

“I have been attending this confernece for the past 10 years, and very few speakers have kept my attention as Dr. Candice’s did.”

FDIC Attendee

“Dr. Candice McDonald is a game-changing, highly energetic keynote speaker”

CEO & Community Leader

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