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Executive Assistant to President Ronald Reagan

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President Ronald Reagan chose Peggy Grande to work at his side for 10 years, and together they created a powerful partnership. Serving as his post-presidency Executive Assistant, Peggy was the liaison between Ronald Reagan personally and his staff, the public, local dignitaries and world leaders. She ensured that his events, travel, personal and political relationships and day to day operations were handled efficiently and effectively. She had a front row seat to history and got to know Ronald Reagan the man, not just the president.

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Penny drafted and managed correspondence for his original signature, reviewed invitations, scheduled visitors, appointments and phone calls and attended to a wide range of office and personal needs. Peggy travelled with him regularly and was also his post-presidency official photographer which gave her a behind the scenes view of his private interactions with everyone from the general public to heads of state, including Gorbachev, Margaret Thatcher, Brian Mulroney, Helmut Kohl and even a saint - Mother Teresa. Peggy witnessed first-hand leadership on display at its highest and best. It was the honour of a lifetime for her to have known and worked closely with one of the greatest political figures of our era.

As a keynote speaker, she shares principles of leadership and excellence with corporations, non-profits, C-Suites, political groups, students and executive assistants. She is a certified consultant for the Fascination Assessment, and uses it to help individuals and companies discover and articulate their highest value.

Talking Points

The President Will See You Now

Starting in the Office of Ronald Reagan as a college student and quickly earning her way into a coveted role as the president's Executive Assistant, Peggy offers an unparalleled perspective on the post presidency of a political icon, revealing a unique, private side to a public figure and world leader. Without focusing on policy or politics, this personal look is at the man himself - a man of character, vision, principles, optimism and patriotism.

From a front row seat perspective, Peggy shares what leadership looks like at the highest and best and how Ronald Reagan's timeless example can help return civility into our dialog and excellence into our culture. Audiences will walk away feeling equipped and inspired to lead with increased intention and live lives of lasting impact.

Be Fascinating and Leave a Lasting Legacy

Living a life with authenticity, kindness, optimism, impact and learning to "wow" and fascinate others will make you memorable. By cultivating these traits, you will effectively inspire and motivate those around you, build stronger and more expansive connections within your community, and engage more positively with your colleagues.

Peggy talks about living a life of meaning, full of principled leadership and personal impact. She will challenge you to think intentionally about the legacy you are leaving - and how to create one that will be genuinely meaningful and uniquely memorable. She will challenge you to lead and live as if your legacy depends on it - because it does.

Be a Gateway, not a Gatekeeper - and other lessons from the Front Row

With a decade of experience working as the Executive Assistant to President Ronald Reagan in his post-presidency office, Peggy Grande has served at the highest level of the EA profession. She knows what it takes to not just survive - but to thrive. She shares stories and insights learned directly from her ten years working alongside a global icon and discusses the importance of developing an executive presence and a leadership mindset, regardless of your title or role.

As a wife and mother of four, Peggy also knows firsthand the challenges of juggling personal and professional life and will reframe the myth of work/life balance in a new and positive way. She approaches life from a fresh and inspiring point of view which will challenge, motivate and provide renewed perspective. Let her encourage your team of support staff to fulfill their roles with greater enthusiasm and excellence.
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