Navigating Life's Roadways

The Author

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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.


My mother’s (the late Mary Parker Brown) high school graduation picture. She has been and still continues to be a driving force in my life. I was born when she was a teenager in high school and she went back to finish. I am so very proud that she did!

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.

With my maternal grandparents, the late and wise Joseph and Pearl Parker, spritual business associates in The DPJ Training Group (Deborah, Pearl, Joseph) at their 50th wedding anniversary celebration in 1992.

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.

As a 2LT in the army with my fist new car, 1979.

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.

With my nephew and two nieces in 2004 at a family cookout

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 church I grew up in, Liberty Baptist in Waverly Virginia

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

A high school majorette in 1972.


On a softball team while stationed in Korea in 1982


Fighting breast cancer has been one of the roads of my journey. Yet another opportunity to see God’s work in action!

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