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Candace Cooper is an author, speaker, and professor dedicated to helping others thrive in middle adulthood. Success and failure are inevitable because life is full of change. Events like the discovery of a new passion, the birth of a child, the death of a parent, or the dissolution of a twenty-year marriage can alter the way we view our lives. These highs and lows are not limited to our personal relationships. They extend into our professional space, where we contemplate promotions, new roles and the uncertain world of entrepreneurship.

As a midlife analyst, Candace offers tools for making authentic “power moves” so that you can thrive through all stages of middle adulthood, from the thundering 30s into the soaring 60s. With twenty years of college-level teaching and academic research in midlife transitions, she has dedicated her life to helping adults of all ages thrive.

Candace is a doctoral candidate at Southern Methodist University, researching the intersection between middle adulthood and positive psychology in American memoirs. She hosts a weekly Facebook broadcast entitled, “Afternoon Tea”.


  • Southern Methodist University Doctor of Liberal Studies Scholarship

  • National Institute for Staff and Organizational Development International Award for Teaching Excellence

  • Thurgood Marshall Pathways Fellow for Positive Psychology

  • The Gallup Organization Fellowship for Strengths-Based Teaching and Learning


  • Doctor of Liberal Studies, Southern Methodist University (2020)

  • Master of Arts, Texas Southern University (2001)

  • Bachelor of Arts, University of Houston, (1999)


  • Speaker, CandyCoop, Inc. (2004 - Present)

  • Faculty, Collin College (2011-Present)

  • Faculty, Texas Southern University (1999-2011)