Keynote and Featured Speakers - Chesapeake Camp Conference

Meet our Keynote Speaker Candace Doby

Candace Doby photoCandace 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 Tcan 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.

Breaking Down Courage To Build It Up In Yourself And Youth

The key to building up courage is having and utilizing the right tools. In this entertaining and interactive presentation, Candace Doby shares tools of courage —confidence, competence and cause—to help attendees understand how the tools can assist them and their youth in managing fear and preparing for courageous action.


Featured Speakers Roz and Jed Buck 

Roz and Jed worked side by side from 2004-2016 as the Owners/Directors of Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, a large private day camp in northwest NJ serving approximately 1,000 campers and 400 staff each summer.  Their work in camp and with youth and young adults dates back to high school when they met as teenagers working at a summer day camp.  After retiring from full-time camp ownership, Roz and Jed launched Roz and Jed Training & Consulting to help other camps and organizations make a difference.  They have presented at many ACA, YMCA, and Recreation & Parks Conferences throughout the country and trained thousands of leadership and general staff from camps throughout the Northeast.  Outside of camp, they have also worked with multiple corporate clients and not-for-profit organizations in the areas of Leadership, Team Building, Customer Service, Culture, and Values.  They are active volunteers with many organizations and in 2016 they were honored as joint recipients of the prestigious ACA Thelma Hurwitz Leadership Award. 

Roz and Jed will lead the opening community building exercise and then offer sessions on staff training and customer service.

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