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.
Peggy had a front row seat to history and got to know Ronald Reagan the man, not just the president. She writes about the experience in her new book The President Will See You Now: My Stories and Lessons from Ronald Reagan's Final Years.
She 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 traveled 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 honor 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.
Peggy is a graduate of Pepperdine University with a degree in Organizational Communications and Business. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband and their four diverse and accomplished children.