Say It Skillfully – Grace Francisco, From Shy to Center Stage

Say It Skillfully®

May 9 2023 • 1 hr

Say It Skillfully® is a show that helps you to benefit from Molly Tschang’s expert guidance on the best possible ways to speak your mind at work in a positive and productive manner. Episode 180 is the 36th monthly feature of “Our Voices,” intended to accelerate social change that levels the playing field—helping everyone live to their full potential. The aim is for you to see a bit of yourself in these journeys, and embrace—we’re more similar than not. In this episode, Molly is joined by Grace Francisco. Grace is a sought-after speaker, CMO and Head of Developer Relations at Pangea and was previously the VP of Developer Strategy at Cisco. Grace joins the show to share her journey, opening up about her struggle with making friends in her early years—crediting American TV as her human connection. Don’t miss her inspiring evolution of going from “painfully shy” to speaking to thousands of people on center stage. Grace includes her tips on being comfortable in your own skin, as well as insights from her leadership roles throughout the years. She inspires us all to know no boundaries and to commit to taking action so that all can be safe, seen and heard, and our true best selves. Sharing my thought for the week, on embracing diversity, from President Martha Pollack at Cornell University (Thank you Robert Glazer for sharing!): “Learning to engage with difficult and challenging ideas is a core part of a university education: essential to our students’ intellectual growth, and to their future ability to lead and thrive in a diverse society. As such, permitting our students to opt out of all such encounters, across any course or topic, would have a deleterious impact both on the education of the individual student and on the academic distinction of a Cornell degree.”