Cultivating Leadership Ability, Bravery & Mastery
She has been described as a visionary thinker, intuitive listener and tenacious advocate for change. She has also been described as a spunky creative who’s proficient in the space where white-board meets magic-drawing-board-world.
For more than 30 years, between Kansas City, New York, Chicago, and the Bay Area, Debra has lead change initiatives—designing and executing breakthrough programs for established companies and start-up ventures alike.
She began her professional career in advertising and marketing for a Kansas City commercial real estate company. By the early ‘80s she had launched her first entrepreneurial venture and a few years later headed to The Big Apple where she worked with best-in-class brands such as Universal Pictures, Ian Schrager Hotels and Ralph Lauren. She also performed as an Actor, and was one of the founders and owners of a technology start-up that was ultimately acquired by one of the Fortune 500.
Drawing upon her experience with the boom, bust and reinvention of the telecom industry, Debra brought her unique skills and innovative mindset to established companies such as Campbells Soup Company, Hershey’s, Ricoh Electronics, and SpringCM, as well as fledgling entrepreneurs seeking to define their vision.
In 2005, Debra founded Wunderground LLC. As an Executive Coach, Teacher, and Group Facilitator, Debra helps CEOs and business owners within manufacturing and distribution, engineering, healthcare, aviation, technology, non-profit and business services navigate competing priorities within a rapidly evolving business landscape.
Debra serves as a Board Member of the Kansas City Police Athletic League, Business, and Partner and Mentor to Blue Valley Center for Advanced Professional Studies (CAPS). She is also a Certified EOS Implementer, Certified Strozzi Institute Somatic Coach, and member of the International Coaching Federation. Debra graduated with a BA and BFA from Southern Methodist University and lives in Kansas City with her husband, Greg, a retired naval commander and high school manufacturing and engineering instructor.
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Cultivating Leadership Bravery & Mastery
Debra is filled to the brim with educational and entertaining insights, best practices, and thought leadership that we want to share with the world. We love connecting with others who want to exchange ideas and walk out the door able to hit the ground running. Whether we’re delivering an inspiring keynote, or a more tactical presentation at a local meet-up, we are motivated to help, first and foremost.
If your company or organization is hosting an upcoming conference, workshop, or seminar, Wunderground could be a great resource for adding leadership insight and inspiration.