In this episode, I talk to Dr. Candace Givens. Candace is a systems engineer and a vice president at Northrop Grumman who has over 25 years of experience in the aerospace and defense industry. 

You’ll hear Candace talk about the unique opportunities she has had and how she has navigated the challenges she has faced as a woman and a woman of color. 

Candace emphasizes the importance of taking chances and risks and learning from different people to become the best leader possible.

In this episode:

  • The willingness to take chances and risks is what makes a great leader
  • The importance of balance – What is really important in your life?
  • Unique challenges as a woman of color in the workforce
  • Learning from failure
  • Learning to navigate career changes and transitions
  • And more!

Power Presence Academy: Practical Wisdom for Leaders is the go-to podcast for anyone who leads. Your host is Janet Ioli, leadership and human development expert, sought-after coach and advisor to global executives, and former executive with experience in four Fortune 100 companies. She helps leaders ground themselves with confidence, connection, and purpose and learn to lead with Less Ego, More Soul.


Noteworthy Quotes from This Episode

“People need to understand it’s one thing to know how to do the work. It’s another to understand how to navigate the political landscape.”

“I always tell people, if you really want it, you have to be willing to sacrifice to get it because it’s not always going to come in a cute package where you want it, when you want it.”

“There are multiple ways to get to success. And I think what I see a lot of my peers, and a lot of people coming up struggle with is that they’ve only worked in one place, and they only know how to do things one way, and they can’t get out of their own way and see that there are a lot of other ways to approach things.”

“As a black woman, I have the unique challenge of often being underestimated.”

“It’s women experiencing all those microaggressions that makes them think maybe I’m not good enough to be there.”


Resource Links:

Learn more about Candace’s current read  The Fear of Failure: How To Become An Action Taker, Stop Worrying, Overcome Procrastination and Perfectionism by Wilda Hale

Learn more about the book I recommended Immunity to Change: How to Overcome It and Unlock the Potential in Yourself and Your Organization (Leadership for the Common Good) by Robert Kegan and Lisa Laskow Lahey

If you want to become more grounded, confident, and aligned with your deeper values in just 21 days. Check out my book Less Ego, More Soul: A Modern Reinvention Guide for Women.

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Connect with today’s guest on LinkedIn: Candace Givens


Connect with Janet Ioli:

Linkedin: Janet Ioli

Instagram: @janetioli


Janet is the founder of Power Presence Academy.  She helps leaders ground themselves with confidence, connection, and purpose and lead with Less Ego, More Soul.