Actress on the Hit TV Show Empire & New York Times Best-Selling Children’s Book Author
Grace Byers is a talented actress, creative, and dedicated activist who first entered the spotlight with her breakout role as 'Anika Calhoun' on Fox's smash hit series Empire. Read More >
Saving Our Daughters
Standing Up Against Bullying
In this intimate Q & A, a moderator will interview Grace on stage while also integrating questions from the audience. This is an unforgettable affair where gleaning advice, inspiration and life lessons from Grace becomes a personalized and profound event. (Pictures and autographs may follow event, if requested)
Growing up in the Cayman Islands as a biracial, multicultural young girl and Child Of Deaf Adults (CODA), Grace understood what it was like to be "different." It wasn’t until she ventured out into the world that she realized how uncommon her life was from others and was bullied because of it. Feeling like she wasn’t enough, Grace tried in many ways to fit in. In this vulnerable and touching engagement, Grace shares her journey from feeling "not enough" to learning that we are all more than enough.
Before she became a star on the hit TV drama Empire, Grace experienced several near-death experiences, including a traumatic head-on collision with an SUV that exposed her skull and left her with multiple stitches in the hospital. During her lengthy recovery, she took time to reflect on life, practice mindfulness and observe stillness as a means of better understanding herself, the lives of others and the world that unites us all. In this inspirational presentation, Grace revisits the close calls and convalescent periods that allowed her to transform hard knocks into valuable new beginnings – ultimately discovering that the cultivation of love and gratitude is the most powerful healing force of all.
In this uplifting and empowering presentation, Grace highlights the special importance of women building each other up in today’s society where competition, comparison and insecurities tend to unravel the unification of women. Grace shares how we can move forward in communities of cohesion and reinforcement as we continue to break barriers and shatter glass ceilings together, as women.
Grace was AWESOME!!! She was extremely easy to work with, very approachable and congenial. She was unbelievably gracious with her time and took a personal interest in each person she met. Each of her presentations was spot on. I have no problem HIGHLY recommending her to other universities and organizations. Thanks again!
Grace’s speech was amazing! She totally related to our audience and was generous in signing autographs to make sure everyone in line got their moment with her. Some students were speechless at getting to meet her and get her autograph.
"She was AMAZING! Everyone loved her. And she was just a gem to meet….she signed every single book we had…. Thank you for your continued partnership!"