2018 PRA Keynote Speaker:

Kimberly Pace

CEO and co-founder of Executive Aura

Here's what people are saying about Kimberly:

"Her keynote address was super! Very energizing & uplifting."
"Engaging and inspiring!"
"Inspiring and motivating."


Kimberly will be speaking on "How Leaders Influence and Persuade".  Whether managing people or projects, we can all be leaders. With our teams and within our organizations we are called to influence other's opinions and to persuade people to accept proposals or change attitudes and behaviors.  The essential role of a leader is not what you can individually accomplish, but what you can inspire others to accomplish. Learn practical tools to get others to willingly and enthusiastically execute what the organization needs.


Kimberly serves as Co-Founder, President and CEO of Executive AURA, a boutique leadership-consulting firm. Through growing successful companies and training thousands of business leaders, Executive Aura strives to fulfill its mission of helping every leader in your organization think, lead, and act like a CEO.

For NCURA, Kimberly leads yearly presentation trainings for traveling faculty and serves as a core facilitator and trainer with our Executive Leadership (ELP) retreat.

To help you think like a CEO, Kimberly focuses on your organization, strategically moving it toward growth opportunities. To foster leadership, she assists you in building a positive work culture, one strong enough to execute the strategy. Lastly, to help you act like a CEO she strengthens communication, conveying the strategy in a way that motivates others to act. Great leaders are great communicators.

Kimberly is also a Professor for the Practice of Management at Vanderbilt University's Owen Graduate School of Management where she teaches courses in leadership and management communication to the MBA, Master of Finance, Master of Accountancy, and Executive MBA. Through Vanderbilt Executive Institute, she teaches, “Communication Strategies for Senior Leaders,” “Persuasive and Influential Speaking,” and “Women in Leadership.” She creates Leadership Academies and also training Fortune 500 executives.

Previously, Kimberly served in marketing and communications roles for two international non-profit agencies, and also as the Executive Director and "on-air talent" for a radio and television program aired on Fox, CBS and NBC in 7 states to 5.5 million homes.

In Kimberly’s free time, she hikes, sings, and travels as often as possible. Her favorite travel destinations are Croatia, Italy, Jordan, Vietnam and Chile. She has organized and led seven tours to the Middle East. She is passionate about Thistle Farms, Room at the Inn, Evolve Women, and Human Rights. 

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