Dottie Gandy

Dottie Gandy

  • National Board Member, Women’s Mentoring Network
  • Founder of The Up to Something Group in Dallas, TX
  • Co-founder of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO)

Travels from San Antonio, TX

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Dottie Gandy brings a richness of background that includes highly successful careers as a corporate executive, business owner, consultant, keynote speaker, and author.

In January 2014, she made the decision to “rewire” instead of “retire” by accepting the position of Market Director in Dallas for the Mentoring Women’s Network. In 2015, she was asked to join the National Board of that organization.

Simon and Schuster published Gandy’s first book, 30 Days to a Happy Employee: How a Simple Program of Acknowledgment Can Build Trust and Loyalty at Work. Ms. Gandy and Marsha Clark are the co-authors of Choose! The Role That Choice Plays in Shaping Women’s Lives (Brown Books Publishing, September 2004).

Dottie was the regional director for the Franklin Covey Company in Dallas for a number of years, and remained a Consultant with that organization for many more years.

Dottie is the founder of the “Up to Something Group” in Dallas, whose members choose to be intentional in creating extraordinary outcomes in their lives.

An avid supporter of women in business, she is the co-founder of the National Association of Women Business Owners. Later she was a corporate executive for 10 years with Giant Food, Inc. in Washington, D.C., a Fortune 500 food retailer.

In June 2014, Dottie was inducted into the National Association of Women Business Owners/DFW Hall of Fame.

Dottie is a native Texan, with a B.A. in Communications from Baylor University. She currently resides in Fairview, Texas. Although much of her adult life was spent in Washington, D. C., she returned to Texas in 1991 to marry her college sweetheart, Tom Gandy. Dottie has two daughters, one stepson, and four extraordinary grandchildren.

Her proudest moment: Being in the crowd in Washington, D.C., when Martin Luther King made his “I Have a Dream” speech.


Keynote Topics


Adding up until now to the end of any statement that, to date, has stopped you from making a bold career move, fulfilling your dreams, finding the perfect partner/work colleagues/friends, writing that book you carry around in your head, or simply liberating your greatness – can have a transformative and seemingly miraculous outcome. And, the impact of up until now is as relevant in the workplace as it is in your personal life. Dottie customizes and demonstrates the application of these three words to specific audiences, including:

Up Until Now….in the Workplace

  • I have never considered voicing my ideas to improve performance, my team’s effectiveness or morale, etc., up until now.
  • I have assumed that where I am right now is where I’ll be when I retire…up until now.
  • I have always waited for someone to ask me for my ideas, up until now.
  • I haven’t been willing to think of myself as our (team’s, group, company’s) next great leader, up until now.


Up Until Now…for Women

  • Since there’s never been a woman in that role, it never occurred to me that I could be the first, up until now.
  • I never thought I had a choice in the matter, up until now.
  • I always thought it selfish to put my needs ahead of others, up until now.
  • I have always had a hard time saying no, up until now.


Up Until Now…for Individuals

  • I assumed that finding the perfect life partner just wasn’t in the cards for me, up until now.
  • I thought my dreams would always be just that, dreams – up until now.
  • I have lots of great ideas (write a book, start a movement, start my own business, etc.) that I’ve never had the courage to share, up until now.
  • I always thought I was the only one who…(fill in the blank!) – up until now.


Up Until Now…for Boomers

  • It never occurred to me that I could “rewire” instead of retire, up until now.
  • It never occurred to me that my greatest contributions could come after retirement, up until now.
  • I always thought it was too late to share my good ideas or take my dreams off hold, up until now.
  • I assumed that people wouldn’t listen to someone my age, up until now.



“Dottie feels a deep passion for whatever she teaches, and has the unusual ability to instill this passion with her audiences. She maintains a high level of energy and interaction with her groups and can quickly create a relationship with a wide variety of participants, from CEO’s to off-shore rig operators.” Dr. Stephen R. Covey, Author, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, First Things First, and Principal Centered Leadership

“As an employee-owned company designated by Fortune Magazine as one of the Best Companies to Work for in America, we are very selective in the people we choose to work with our Partners (employees).   Our actions in involving Dottie in developing the future leaders of TD Industries testify to the high regard we have for her as a person, and as a speaker and presenter.” Jack Lowe, Jr., Board Chairman, TD Industries

“Dottie is a remarkable speaker – passionate, engaging, inspiring and insightful – with the ability to connect powerfully with any audience.” Stephen M.R. Covey, #1 Best-selling author of “The Speed of Trust”

“Dottie Gandy’s qualifications as a speaker and facilitator are outstanding. She researches her topics thoroughly and adds a personal experience relating to the topic that impacts the audience far greater than any other speaker I have worked with.” Douglas D. Hawthorne, Former President and CEO, Texas Health Resources

“Dottie Gandy is one of the most genuine and insightful speakers I have had the privilege of hearing in recent years. Her style is down to earth, her message is clear, and the information she shares is always valuable. Her business and life experiences give her great credibility. She is a gift to the listener.” Marsha Clark, President, Marsha Clark and Associates

“When I think of Dottie Gandy the words “contagious enthusiasm” immediately come to mind. Over the years I have met many “experts” in the field of personal and professional development, but only a few that have that rare combination of intelligence, integrity, and high impact communication skills.” Eric Harvey, President, The Walk the Talk Company

“People who interact with Dottie are invariably, in my experience, drawn in by her personal appeal, only to find her knowledge base deep and substantive. As a speaker, this combination is extremely powerful because listeners leave both entertained and educated.” Howard Ross, President, Cook Ross Associates


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Dottie Gandy, next to last person on right. Co-founder, National Association of Women Business Owners. The early days of NAWBO, an organization founded to help women business owners around the country at a time when they couldn’t get a loan without a male cosigner. NAWBO turns 40 this year.