For more than two decades Cheryl Grace, the founding CEO of Powerful Penny LLC has motivated, inspired and educated audiences from an intimate five to a powerful 350,000 - of all ages and ethnicities. She's helped individuals from around the globe figure out what "next" looks like and how to enjoy their journey along the way. As someone who not only survived, but excelled professionally and personally Cheryl has successfully navigated to where your audience wants to be. She engagingly guides them through getting to their next rung of success using proven strategies, tactics and techniques packaged in compassionate (but refreshingly candid) real talk.
Cheryl established Powerful Penny in 2017 to work with companies seeking to broaden and deepen the capabilities of their people and culture, increase talent retention, have more effective teams, and drive improved productivity. She's also coached professionals from entry-level positions to the C-suite, who recognize that stellar careers and relationships don't happen by accident. They must be created.
Event planners and podcasters love Cheryl's energy and delivery. Her interviews, presentations, keynote addresses and panel appearances spur audiences toward action. From college classrooms, commencement ceremonies, women's confabs, ERG summits and corporate sales meetings to conferences, forums, broadcast interviews and everything in between, she is a compelling addition to any agenda.
She has been profiled in Forbes, named one of Black Enterprise Magazine’s “50 Most Powerful Business Women,” designated a “Remarkable Person” by the Chicago Tribune, celebrated as a “Distinguished Alum” by Purdue University and spoken at ESSENCE Festival of the Arts.
She holds a BA from Purdue University, an MBA from Keller Graduate School of Management, an honorary doctorate from Claflin University and is a Goldman Sachs 10,000 Small Businesses Fellow. She resides in Chicago.
Motivating & Transforming
Audiences One Person at a Time
SPEECH / WORKSHOP / WEBINAR TOPICS
- Improving Mindfulness to Confidently Create a Balanced Life of Joy
- Career Mobility: You Are Where You Are Because It's Where You Want to Be Let's Get You Growing!
- Master the 3 C's of Career Success: Clarity, Confidence & Competence
- Living with Intentionality = Living a Life You Love
- Dear Manager: This Is Why Your Employees Are Leaving You
- Using SMART Goals to Create theHome/Career/
Relationship You Want
- How to Network Out of Your Comfort Zone
- What Your Boss Won't Tell You But I Will!
- Prince Charming Isn't Coming You Must Create Your Own Happily Ever After
ALL TOPICS CAN BE ADJUSTED FOR PODCAST INTERVIEWS
All presentations, keynotes and workshops can be customized.
CANDIDLY COURAGEOUS CONVERSATIONS (C3)
Often well-timed conversations can help clear pathways for much needed change in organizations. Cheryl's Candidly Courageous Conversations (C3) are designed with senior-level executives, managers and associates in mind. She'll facilitate an enlightening dialogue about your company's workplace culture and DE&I practices that enable employees and management alike to learn from alternative perspectives.
Great for awareness months (Black History, Women's History, Asian American Heritage, or Hispanic Heritage), these 60-minute keynote addresses can be converted into half- and full-day workshops and provide an alternative to longer-term coaching programs. They can be tailored for groups of all sizes and are great opportunities to foster clarifying dialogue between leaders and employees.