Deborah has been writing parts of this book for over 15 years. Well, more like her whole life. As the celebrated or tough times of her life revealed different insights, she captured them in meaning to the pages of her book. It evolved! This past year all came together in defining ways for her to pen this catalog of her many journeys’ ups and downs. She keeps navigating as her odyssey continues to unfold!
One of the defining events of the past year was the passing of her mother, a devastating experience that yet yielded her the energy to write this book. Deborah dedicates this book to her mother’s strong and determined spirit! Her co-author from above!
Watch Deborah talk about the impact of her mother’s death on writing the book.
Deborah is the owner of The DPJ Training Group, a leadership and personal development firm. Through this work Deborah has provided seminars and coaching on career, diversity, management or communications topics for thousands of employees with her client companies. She has also written on life strategies, business and community issues for publications such as the Alexandria Old Town Crier, Washington Afro-American Newspaper, and Metro Herald, Arizona’sBlack Executive Magazine. She currently resides in the Metropolitan Washington DC area.
Deborah holds a B.A. in Sociology from the College of William and Mary and M.A. in Human Resource Development from George Mason University. She is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve and graduated Command and General Staff College. Her professional career also spans corporate positions in operations and learning management for companies such as ExxonMobil and Booz Allen Hamilton.
Deborah is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the American Society for Training and Development and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Herndon, Virginia.
She enjoys reading, aunting a nephew and two nieces, travelling and of course writing!
Deborah stands on a foundation of God, family, love and faith. She doesn’t “forget where she came from.”
The importance of involvement in church, school, sports and community activities were a part of Deborah’s upbringing, encouraged by her mother and other family members. In her book she shares stories of those activities along with the lessons she learned. Deborah occassionally visits her home church, enjoying seeing the saints who helped her in her Christian journey.
Hear Deborah speak for Women’s Day at her home church in 1999. Click Church_intro
I was interviewed in October 2011 by Andrea Roane of WUSA Channel 9 for her award winning segment on breast cancer about how to cope with the challenges of the treatment. So I use a medical spa that has treatments to ease residual symptoms. Here’s the link to the interview!
Deborah is also available for speaking engagements on many of the life changing topics and must know lessons from her book. See the Events and Speaking Services page for more information.
Contact Deborah @ (703)463-0363 or firstname.lastname@example.org