Motivational Speaker in Durham NC  


A motivational or inspirational speaker is often brought into a conference or a company event for the primary purpose of motivating or inspiring the audience to rally toward a common goal. An effective inspirational speaker does the necessary homework to relate to the audience they are hired to motivate, encouraging them to look at things from a different perspective and to inspire positive change in attitudes and results.

A corporate motivational or inspirational speaker is often a professional leader in their own right, who works with an organization’s management team. The inspirational speaker and the management team work closely together to determine the objectives, values and goals of the organization so that those values and messages are reflected back to the audience members during the presentation.

Inspirational speakers can have a great impact on morale. When motivational speaking is applied to the goals and values of a company, employees are inspired by the message to strive harder. They’ll often apply the principles in real life too, resulting in a happier and more engaged workforce.


Grace Ueng of Savvy Growth, had a life-changing event — a near-fatal bicycle accident that ultimately taught her more about life than any other experience.

I am still focused on the success of the clients that we serve, but I have a broader and healthier perspective having experienced a ‘cliff event’…in which one almost dies but is able to come back to life,” says Ueng. After her accident, which left her with a fractured neck as well as a head injury, Grace saw the recovery time as a unique opportunity to reassess her own priorities.  She realized that everyone has their own “cycling accident” and adversity helps make us stronger.

She began to study the correlation between successful endurance athletes and successful entrepreneurs. As well as the connection between those who climb the 7 Summits and those who start successful companies, which became the topic of her TED talk.


In anticipation of becoming an empty nester, Grace began an in-depth study of positive psychology, which she then realized could benefit her coaching clients. And soon began to share in her writing How Happiness Can Help Your Company Flourish and speaking.

She now writes and speaks on her 7 themes of Project Peak, sharing with authenticity her first-hand experiences overcoming adversity.  Her raw vulnerability opens up audiences to respond. Grace offers focused motivational Project Peak talks and workshops that she customizes for each client. Watch Audience Reaction.

‪‪‪‪Workshop Topics:

PROJECT PEAK: Climbing the Mountains of Life – Business and Beyond:  Watch Video
Informed by her leadership roles with five emerging growth companies and service as consultant/coach to over 200 clients, Grace overlays her personal experiences and positive psychology studies with interviews with scores of entrepreneurs to create the 7 themes of “Project Peak.” She uses her personal and often funny stories to share her 7 themes.

  1. You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take
  2. Failure is a good thing
  3. Speak the future now
  4. Visualize your end game
  5. Channel fear to your advantage
  6. Bias for action
  7. Enjoy the journey
This workshop will provide you the tools to:
  • Prioritize opportunities you want to pursue
  • Review past failures to inform new opportunities
  • Identify lingering fears to be faced
  • Leverage tenets of positive psychology to create flourishing culture

PERSONAL BRANDING: Making Your Personal Brand Your Company’s Best Strategic Weapon.
The personal brand of a CEO or key leader may just be the most important marketing tool for a company or line of business. How a leader comes across to employees will determine how inspired they are to follow.  How a leader comes across to the media, customers, prospects and other key stakeholders will determine if they want to do business with the company or speak favorably about the company.

This workshop will provide you the tools to:

  • Define the top 3 components of your brand
  • Have an action plan to build and sustain your brand
  • Practical ways to communicate your brand from everyday communications to crises

KEY STAKES PRESENTATIONS: Pitch Drills to Make Your Story Most Memorable.
The manner in which a CEO or executive presents to an audience sets the stage for how they are perceived – as either larger than life thought leader or as an average Joe or plain Jane. Which do you want to be?

This workshop will provide you the tools to:

  • Define and develop the top take-aways for your audience
  • Connect authentically and evoke involvement
  • Combine practice, practice + improvisation to deliver the most meaningful talk

Learn how Grace Ueng can inspire and motivate people at your next event or provide leadership training.  Call 919-522-6529 for a complimentary consultation.


Grace inspires audiences around the world. She is an engaging, thoughtful crowd-pleaser.

“Not only is Grace exceptional at what she does, she has a truly amazing personal story. Her energy and passion are contagious. So be prepared to walk away inspired.”




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Grace was a big hit at this year’s IBM Women in Technology conference.

In her keynote, “If there’s a Mountain, Climb It!” she described how in coming up with a big win, often the biggest obstacle to overcome is a fear of failure.

Grace shared her personal story of overcoming a dramatic cycling accident to overcome fear, navigate obstacles, and create new paths. The audience held on to her every word and walked away inspired.

Tina Wilson, IBM


Grace’s keynote “On Obstacles and Entrepreneurship” was inspirational!

Her courage and perseverance to not give up in the midst of challenging times is admirable. Her personal story served as a great example to us all, especially those of us pulled in multiple professional and personal priorities.

It also showed us that we all have our own journey and that we will eventually end up where we belong.

Liliana Delgado, Lenovo


She took the time to understand our goals for the weekend and what we hoped her remarks would capture for the participants. Ms. Ueng was the perfect fit because she relates so well to her audience, is highly credible, and most importantly, is very engaging.

I would highly recommend hiring her for your next speaking need. She has a special way of connecting to her audience and is very willing to engage any questions even after she steps off the podium. Ms. Ueng makes a gracious keynote.

Christina Ferrell, UNC Kenan-Flagler


A fan of Grace’s coaching and marketing talents, I recommended she conduct a Personal Branding workshop for our firm.

Her workbooks are really helpful – especially for the associates who we are trying to help guide.  Even senior attorneys need reminders on what they should be doing, and they said as much after Grace’s workshop.  She struck the right tone and hit the right level of advice for the wide range of attorneys attending.

Grace energized and inspired us to put more time into our marketing efforts, which is exactly the result I was hoping for!

Jennifer Van Doren, Partner, Morningstar Law Group
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