The route of following the path of your calling led Deborah to start a motivational speaking, leadership and personal development practice, The DPJ Training Group, over 15 years ago. Springing this enterprise forth after numerous other careers from a social worker to army officer and corporate manager, she uses the insight gained from these opportunities to now train and coach employees in her client organizations on practical ways to overcome challenges in the workplace or other parts of their lives. She is known as dynamic, inspiring and practical in her approach by those who’ve attended her workshops and motivational speaking engagements.
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. A graduate of the US Army Command and General Staff College, she is now a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve. She is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., the American Society for Training and Development, Loudoun County Chamber of Commerce and Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Herndon, Virginia.
The author of 5 books, Deborah has published a motivational memoir, Navigating Life’s Roadways: Stories of Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration For Your Journey, was published in July 2011. She has ventured into the ebook space and Life is A Review: Observations and Collections of My Passages Through the Times is available on Amazon. Her book (October 2012) is For People of Strength, Soul, and Spirit: Seven Guidelines for Life & Career Success, which explores the African American story as powerful lessons in goal achievement. Her latest book, Hardcore Leadership: 11 Master Lessons from My Airborne Ranger Uncle’s “Final Jump” chronicles the life and in charge pursuits of her late uncle retired Command Sergeant Major, Vietnam Vet, along with his community positions as a former Chief Magistrate, Chair of Sussex County Board of Supervisors and Ranger Hall of Fame Inductee with takeaways for leaders in business and professional situations. And her most recent work, Tools to Cultivate the Promised Land: Working Wisdom From My Grandparent’s Garden.
In past writing pursuits, Deborah has written articles on business, career and lifestyle issues for publications such as the Alexandria Old Town Crier,Washington Afro-American Newspaper, Metro Herald and Arizona’s Black Executive Magazine.
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