The Confidence Effect With Grace Killelea | 2017 Session

Grace Killelea

“Your inner voice is the GPS of your life….If I listened to the world, I wouldn’t get out of bed. I’ll be 59 in January and everything on social media says you’re old, you’re fat, shut up. I have to get up every day and say ‘Hell no!’ to that voice. And you know what? I’m a big woman, and if you can’t hide it, decorate it. Here it is!”—Grace Killelea

Are you wondering what’s holding you back? According to leadership expert Grace Killelea, it is not your competence, it’s your confidence—or lack thereof—that is standing in the way of your success. Sharing real-life examples from her life, along with research-based practical tips, you will learn how to move beyond personal and professional barriers so that you can live your best life.

This session will explore what you can do to cultivate your presence, bounce back from setbacks, seize opportunities and overcome fear so you are ready to suit up, show up and speak up with confidence.


GRACE KILLELEA is the CEO and founder of the GKC Group, a leadership development firm based in Philadelphia. A veteran of the telecommunications industry, Killelea served as SVP of talent, and the first ever VP of talent management and leadership diversity at Comcast Cable Corporation. After 35 years in talent management, human resources, retail and programming, she retired to launch Half The Sky Leadership for Women, and continue her practice as a keynote speaker and consultant. There are now over 400 graduates of her women’s leadership program, and in 2015 she launched a co-ed leadership program called Quattro. Killelea serves on the board of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania, and has been acknowledged with numerous awards.  She recently authored her second book, entitled “The Confidence Effect” published by AMACOM. Her book was listed as one of the top business books of 2016 by and has been one of the top 10 best-selling books for women in business on Amazon. She is a certified Birkman Consultant and also trained at the prestigious Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC. Killelea earned her M.S. in human resources from American University’s Kogod School of Business and Public Affairs. @gracekillelea