About Debb

Howdy!  Howdy is the official greeting of my alma mater, Texas A&M where I graduated in 1990 with a psychology degree followed by a master’s degree in counseling from Texas A&M at Corpus Christi in 1999. "Howdy" is my way to extend a warm whole-hearted welcome to everyone (aka all y’all).


I help organizations leverage their greatest assets, their people!  Through thousands of hours and over 20 years as a counselor, educator, facilitator, leadership trainer, and curriculum designer, I am an executive resource for people and organizations wanting to expand their potential, create positive growth, and lead with courage. Clients routinely seek my guidance to help them translate leadership theory into actions that create dynamic impact and drive powerful results.


As a Certified Dare To Lead™ and Certified Daring Way™ Facilitator, I have completed the extensive prerequisites, studies, and training required by the Brené Brown Education and Research Group (BBERG) and join an elite group of professionals to facilitate and train people in the work of the renowned research leader, Dr. Brené Brown. Her work is highlighted by New York Times best-selling books, Dare to Lead, Daring Greatly, Rising Strong, Braving the Wilderness, and Gifts of Imperfection. 


I deliver keynote presentations, workshops, trainings, and retreats helping people align their teams and organizations around goals to connect, engage, do brave work, dig into tough conversations, define culture, and lead with heart. I have spent the last eight years as an adjunct trainer with the Center for Creative Leadership facilitating workshops with multi-generational audiences. Tune into WCNC’s Charlotte Today Show to see me sharing ideas and tips.  


As a 16 year Rotarian, I balance work with giving back by serving in the community and abroad with the Rotary Club of Mecklenburg County-South.  My Rotary endeavors and service projects have taken me to Peru and Tanzania, highlighted with the inaugural Rotary District 7680 Kilimanjaro climb for Polio Plus. I am a Past Board Chair for Girls on the Run of Union County and the current director for Seminar for Tomorrow’s Leaders, a leadership development scholarship program for teens.


Outside of work, you might spot me at a baseball game, hiking the nearest mountain trails with my Australian Shepard, enjoying wine with friends, or relaxing at the beach.


Random Fun Facts: 

• created a jewelry business now residing at the Naval Aviation Museum in Pensacola, FL.

• sang with a cover band for two years 

• twice climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in Tanzania, Africa