“If you don’t know who you are, you will never know what belongs to you!”
- Dr. Gail Hayes
When looking for an internationally recognized speaker who ignites the atmosphere with contagious enthusiasm and a passion for purpose, you have but to look directly at Gail Hayes or Dr. Gail, as others affectionately call her. Her engaging and candid style of communication leaves audiences wanting more and inspired to act on dreams and visions unfulfilled.
Dr. Gail is a thought leader and international communicator who has spoken on stages across Europe, Asia and in the United States. She lived in Asia for over four years and in Europe for over ten years where she served as the Volunteer Management Consultant for the largest American community outside of the US. While living in Europe, she also served as a training consultant for the European Office of Personnel Management (OPM) where she specialized in Workplace Conflict Resolution, Problem Solving, and Customer Relations Management.
Dr. Gail served as the first African American female law enforcement officer and fire fighter in Chapel Hill, NC and served as a Training Officer while with the police force. She is also a certified NRA Firearms Instructor. These experiences enable her to successfully connect and relate to diverse audiences, both male and female.
Her background also includes working on Capitol Hill for the National Conference of State Legislatures and the National Governors Conference where she received the National Governors Conference’s Award for Outstanding Leadership in State Government. In January 2016, Governor Pat McCrory appointed Dr. Gail to the NC African American Commission and in July 2016, Dr. Gail was appointed to the Leadership Council of the NC Institute of Political Leadership.
A frequent media guest, she has appeared on numerous national and international media outlets including the QVC Shopping Channel, NBC’S My Carolina Today, and on European television and numerous other media outlets. She has also written for print media as a newspaper and magazine columnist and also for MSNBC.
In her work in the educational arena, she and her puppets Locket & Pocket Socket™ have appeared with PBS Stars, Mr. McFeely from Mister Rodger’s Neighborhood and Lionel from Between the Lions. She currently serves as an Anti-Bullying & Leadership consultant in the workplace and in educational organizations and schools across the nation.
Dr. Gail is the CEO of the Handle Your Business Girl Empowerment Zone, a community where she also hosts Handle Your Business Girl Television and Radio. She is the Edito-in-Chief of Handle Your Business Girl Digital Magazine where she provides information to inspire, encourage, and empower. She is the author of over 30 books including One Minute Success Secrets for Women, The Power of a Woman Who Leads, and the upcoming The Conduct of Queens.
Although she has lived on three continents, she is quick to let others know that her favorite place on earth is wherever she and her children can laugh and love.