Grace Killelea

Author of "The Confidence Effect" and CEO of The GKC Group

  • Grace Killelea`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Grace Killelea`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Pennsylvania, USA

  • Grace Killelea`s Keynote Speaker Fee This reflects Grace Killelea`s U.S. Speaking Fee

    $10,001 - $20,000

  • Languages Spoken

    English

  • Travels From

    Pennsylvania, USA

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Corporate Keynotes

Grace Killelea is an in-demand speaker for companies, trade associations, sales teams, government agencies and non-profits. As a successful senior executive for a fortune 50 company, Grace provides a unique perspective as a speaker. A natural storyteller and dynamic presenter...

Grace Killelea is an in-demand speaker for companies, trade associations, sales teams, government agencies and non-profits. As a successful senior executive for a fortune 50 company, Grace provides a unique perspective as a speaker. A natural storyteller and dynamic presenter, Grace has spoken to thousands of professionals on topics such as:

  • Leadership development
  • Leading at every level
  • Your Leadership Brand- the 4 corner stones of leadership
  • Personal branding
  • Professional development
  • Surviving and thriving through change and challenges
  • Being the CEO of your own life
  • Communication
  • Motivation

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Keynotes for Women

Grace has been described as captivating, humorous, authentic and wise.  Through her vast personal and professional experiences and relatable context, Grace inspires and educates audiences to move beyond barriers in ...

Grace has been described as captivating, humorous, authentic and wise.  Through her vast personal and professional experiences and relatable context, Grace inspires and educates audiences to move beyond barriers in their lives, both real and imagined, and achieve tangible results.  She has a particular passion for speaking to women in leadership.

 

“Grace Killelea is one of the most compelling speakers I’ve ever had the pleasure to hear … her ability to weave personal stories into important universal lessons for her audience results in an authentic, touching and spellbinding experience. She is honest and forthcoming about her own triumphs and tragedies, and her ability to transfix the audience is unsurpassed. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear Grace speak — you’d be missing an extraordinary event.”

~ Ellen East, Chief Communications Officer, Time Warner Cable

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Team Optimization

Grace Killelea is uniquely positioned to provide executive coaching services to leaders in a variety of organizations. As the most senior talent leader in a Fortune 50 company she has spent years providing feedback, ...

Grace Killelea is uniquely positioned to provide executive coaching services to leaders in a variety of organizations. As the most senior talent leader in a Fortune 50 company she has spent years providing feedback, coaching and development planning for leaders in a variety of functions.

“Grace is a phenomenal speaker, facilitator and coach. In a group setting, Grace Killelea is a dynamic storyteller who blends equal parts humor, poignancy and empirical data to leave her audiences with new insights and practical lessons to apply in their daily lives. One-to-one, Grace is a phenomenal connector, linking people to each other and to resources for the betterment of those she’s connected and those they influence. Worth every penny, and then some.” — Susan Patten

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Leadership Training

Grace Killelea is uniquely positioned to provide executive coaching services to leaders in a variety of organizations. As the most senior talent leader in a Fortune 50 company she has spent years providing feedback, coaching and development planning for leaders in a variety of...

Grace Killelea is uniquely positioned to provide executive coaching services to leaders in a variety of organizations. As the most senior talent leader in a Fortune 50 company she has spent years providing feedback, coaching and development planning for leaders in a variety of functions.

 

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Team Building

The Birkman Method® is a 298-question assessment and a series of related report sets that facilitate team building, executive coaching, leadership development, career counseling and interpersonal conflict resolution. The Birkman Method® combines motivational, behavioral and ...

The Birkman Method® is a 298-question assessment and a series of related report sets that facilitate team building, executive coaching, leadership development, career counseling and interpersonal conflict resolution. The Birkman Method® combines motivational, behavioral and interest evaluation into one single assessment, which provides a multi-dimensional and comprehensive analysis, thus reducing the need for multiple assessments. The questionnaire is delivered online and takes approximately 45 minutes to complete. It has been translated into 11 languages in addition to English.

The Birkman Method® is a powerful and proven business tool for measuring internal needs, motivations, occupational preference, and strengths in order to facilitate less stress and achieve higher personal performance and achievement in every individual, team, and organization. The Birkman Method® is not simply a personality assessment but rather, it is a powerful means to gain critical answers to how we lead, learn, think, decide and relate to others. It is the premier non-clinical instrument for measuring human behavior and occupational strengths.

As a certified Birkman Consultant, Grace Killelea has been using the Birkman Method® for nearly 15 years, providing clients with a wide range of services, including:

  • Leadership Development
  • Understanding Team Dynamics
  • New Team Development and Leadership Stress Points
  • Executive Coaching
  • Individual Development
  • Team Building
  • Career Guidance, Management and Transition
  • Culture Management

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Coaching

With more than 30 years of corporate human resources experience, Grace Killelea has coached hundreds of executive leaders through crisis, corporate change and team growth, taking them, “from good to great.” ...

With more than 30 years of corporate human resources experience, Grace Killelea has coached hundreds of executive leaders through crisis, corporate change and team growth, taking them, “from good to great.”

Outcomes you can expect from coaching:

  • Clarified goals
  • Career advancement
  • Employee retention
  • Job fulfillment
  • Skill sharpening
  • Career Transition
  • Leadership development
  • Network expansion
  • Results achievement

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Leadership Consulting

Grace Killelea Consulting provides a variety of coaching solutions from mid-level leaders to executives. We specialize in situational coaching, allowing us to customize solutions to each leader. Using the Birkman Method® we provide a fresh viewpoint to help clients get in ...

Grace Killelea Consulting provides a variety of coaching solutions from mid-level leaders to executives. We specialize in situational coaching, allowing us to customize solutions to each leader. Using the Birkman Method® we provide a fresh viewpoint to help clients get in touch with his or her strengths in order to improve performance.

Birkman’s Coaching Report is a concise document that captures the comprehensive measurement power of The Birkman Method® assessment in simple, actionable terms. The report assesses a complete range of social behaviors, including working within teams, ideal work environment and managing change – in additional to outlining potential conflicts and areas to explore for growth.

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Half The Sky Leadership For Women

Our flagship offering, HTS, offers women a highly interactive and impactful program with a deep focus on executive presence and confidence, along with skill building on delegation, presentation and financial acumen. We focus on building a professional network of women leaders...

Our flagship offering, HTS, offers women a highly interactive and impactful program with a deep focus on executive presence and confidence, along with skill building on delegation, presentation and financial acumen. We focus on building a professional network of women leaders. Over 80 partner companies have participated in this highly rated program and we have graduated over 400 high potential women. The program takes place over 90 days with three, 2-day programs and assignments and 2 webinars in between.

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Quattro Leadership

Quattro’s focus is on co-ed learning and delves deeply into leading in a rapidly changing environment, improving and leveraging emotional intelligence and leading diverse teams from a generational standpoint. A team project improves presentation and communication skills. The...

Quattro’s focus is on co-ed learning and delves deeply into leading in a rapidly changing environment, improving and leveraging emotional intelligence and leading diverse teams from a generational standpoint. A team project improves presentation and communication skills. The program takes place over a 4-month period with 2 program sessions, one being 3-days and the other 2-days in length.

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About Keynote Speaker Grace Killelea

Grace is the CEO and Founder of the GKC Group, a leadership development firm based in Philadelphia. She founded Half The Sky Leadership for Women in 2013 and Quattro Leadership, a co-ed program in 2015. Over 800 high potential leaders have graduated from the programs, which run in multiple cities.  In addition, Grace is an in-demand keynote speaker for companies and conferences seeking her leadership expertise and her ability to captivate and motivate audiences. In 2016-2017, Grace spoke in front of 20,000 people, including audiences at the Massachusetts ad Texas Conferences for Women, Watermark Conference For Women in Silicon Valley, the Network of Executive Women National Conference in DC and dozens of corporate meetings.  

 An accomplished human resource and talent executive, Grace’s work rests on what she has identified as the four cornerstones of leadership: relationships, reputation, results, and resilience. Using these pillars, Grace encourages CEOs, executives, and professionals to elevate their leadership skills and transcend their perceived limitations to achieve sustained business and personal success. She inspires change.

A veteran of the telecommunications industry, Grace served as SVP of Talent and the first ever VP of Talent Management and Leadership Diversity at Comcast Cable Corporation, a Fortune 30 company headquartered in Philadelphia. After a 30+ year career in talent management, human resources, retail, and programming, Grace retired in 2012 to launch a leadership program targeted to women in the middle of the talent pipeline (Half The Sky Leadership). With nearly 400 graduates of the program and partner companies asking for a co-ed program, Grace piloted Quattro Leadership in Fall 2015.  As of today, 100+ companies across the country have partnered with GKC Group in support of their high potential employees. Clients include Boeing, SAP, Comcast, Citibank, Charter, Disney/ESPN, PECO, Equifax and The Coca-Cola Company.

In 2013, Grace was selected to serve on the Board of the Girl Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. GSEP serves 41,000 girls in partnership with 15,000 volunteers in the nine county Philadelphia area. Today, 80 percent of women in leadership and executive roles in the U.S. were Girl Scouts. Girl Scout alumnae comprise 70 percent of women in the U.S. Congress.

A sampling of Grace’s many honors and awards include: “Wonder Woman” by Multichannel News; “Women on the Move” by CableFax’s; “Women in Power” by DiversityPlus magazine; “Mentor of the Year” by WICT Northern California Chapter; and “Lucille Larkin Lifetime Achievement Award” by WICT Philadelphia Chapter. Since founding The GKC Group, Grace has been awarded the SmartCEO Brava Award for being a Top Philadelphia Female CEO (2015), noted as a 2016 Woman to Watch by PhillyBiz Magazine and selected as a “Smart, Bold, Strong” honoree by Girls Inc. of Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey (2016). She recently spoke at TEDxPasadenaWomen on “Making The Jump – Year of No Fear”

She is a certified Birkman Consultant and also trained at the prestigious Center for Creative Leadership in Greensboro, NC, considered to be one of the best leadership programs in the United States. Grace earned her Master’s Degree in Human Resources from American University’s Kogod School of Business and Public Affairs.  Grace’s book, “The Confidence Effect” published by AMACOM, was listed as one of the top business books of 2016 by INC.com and has been one of the top 10 best-selling books for Women in Business on Amazon.com.

Testimonials

“Grace Killelea is one of the most compelling speakers I’ve ever had the pleasure to hear. Her ability to weave personal stories into important universal lessons for her audience results in an authentic, touching and spellbinding experience. She is honest and forthcoming about her own triumphs and tragedies, and her ability to transfix the audience is unsurpassed. Don’t miss an opportunity to hear Grace speak- you’d be missing an extraordinary event”.

Ellen East

Chief Communications Officer, Time Warner Cable

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