About Emily Ley
Emily Ley is the founder of Simplified®, a best selling brand of planners and organizational tools for busy women found online and in major international retail stores.
She has spent nearly thirteen years empowering, inspiring, and equipping women in the areas of organization, planning and simplicity.
She is the host of The Simplified Podcast and author of national bestselling books Grace, Not Perfection, A Simplified Life, When Less Becomes More, and her latest book, Growing Boldly.
Emily has been featured in Forbes, Glamour, and Good Housekeeping and was recently recognized as Entrepreneur of the Year by Studer Community Institute.
Now, as an author, podcaster, entrepreneur, wife and mother to three, Emily lives in Pensacola, Florida, with her husband, Bryan, and their son Brady and twins, Tyler and Caroline.
Grace, Not Perfection
How do we free ourselves from the traps of perfectionism? Who defined this standard for us, and how can we tactically redefine success for ourselves?
In this talk, Emily explores the elusive idea of “balance” that women work so hard to achieve. But instead of finding new ways to wear ourselves out the same ways, we discuss tactical tips for reframing the idea of balance: from a status that is achieved to a way of living, much like riding a bike. In order to stay upright, we constantly shift our weight from side to side. Together, we’ll explore ways to automate, delegate, and simplify the complicated parts of life so you can focus on what matters most.
When Less Becomes More
When did life become so fast-paced? Emily believes there is more to life than overwhelm and that the joy can truly be found in the journey, if we allow the journey to be enough.
Statistically, women today are more fatigued, burned out, and overwhelmed than ever. Smartphones constantly ping and alert and demand our attention. Social media eats up mindless hours of our day. And the constant busyness of family life, work, and overscheduling can leave our lives unmanageable and frantic. We’re often running on empty. There is a better way. In this talk, Emily dives into the most complicated areas of life (technology, home, parenting, etc) to uncover how we might strip the layers of “what we must do” so that we create and maintain margin on our calendars, in our hearts, and in our lives. It’s in the margin that the good stuff of life is found.
If you dare to do the work, you can build a life you love.
In this talk, Emily inspires us to imagine big, plan well, and then gather the equipment and the courage to go out and do -- to proactively shape every big and small aspect of our daily lives so that we can truly build lives we love. Together, we explore, how to:
• Believe in who you are and Whose you are . . . and move past the lies and fears holding you back
• Figure out what makes you tick and own it confidently
• Gather all your grit, learned lessons, and tools because it's all valuable
• Imagine the life you dream of and decide how to make it happen
• Love your people well so that you create a lasting legacy
• Clear the clutter and cultivate clarity so you can do what matters most
• Do the hard work without forgetting to feed your soul.
We were honored to welcome Emily Ley back to the University of West Florida as our commencement ceremony keynote speaker. She shared her unique experience as an alumna who carved her own path to a successful career, inspiring not only graduates but everyone in attendance. As her alma mater, we are proud of her professionalism and poise. Emily was a joy to work with, prompt in her responses and ahead of schedule in delivering her speech, helping us plan and execute our event smoothly.
— Dr. Martha Saunders, President of the University of West Florida
We have very much enjoyed having Emily as a keynote speaker at EntreCon and other events. Not only is she engaging and down-to-earth in her delivery, but she always shows up prepared to give her very best. Her unique experience as an entrepreneur is valuable and highly regarded by our attendees. We wholeheartedly recommend Emily if you are looking for a keynote speaker for your event.
— Quint Studer, Founder of The Studer Community Institute
Emily Ley knocked it out of the park as one of our keynote speakers
for our “Sustain the Pivot: Virtual Small Business Resiliency
Conference.” Emily was an engaging, relatable speaker, perfect to link
with our audience of entrepreneurs, small business owners and business
leaders. Although this was a virtual event, she spoke with knowledge and
authenticity, using real-life examples about pivoting, planning, and
purpose for small businesses. As a small business owner herself, she
directly connected to the audience and provided meaningful, actionable,
and inspirational advice. Her Q&A session provided the audience a
chance to gain insights and specific takeaways with a personal touch.
Thank you, Emily, for inspiring our group!
— Florida Small Business Development Center