From the earliest years of her career, Debra was driven to continuously improve her knowledge, skills and effectiveness and soon realized that helping others do the same was her true calling. She risked leaving a secure corporate marketing job at a prestigious management consulting firm in Boston to invest personally and financially in her passion for improving individual and organizational effectiveness. Cashing in her 401k at 29 years old, Debra purchased a Priority Management® training franchise to provide workshops, coaching and consulting on personal organization, planning, goal setting, time management, communication skills, and project management.
After three years of more marketing and selling training than conducting it, Debra discovered the career path of corporate training and development and went on to spend the next 19 years working for large, global technology companies specializing in leadership and organizational development. At Cabletron Systems (the fourth largest computer networking company in the world at that time) for six years, she started as a Skills Instructor, quickly advanced to the role of Professional Development Manager and was ultimately promoted to Director of Worldwide Employee Development. Moving on to Fairchild Semiconductor (credited with launching the semiconductor industry and subsequently Silicon Valley) for the next thirteen years, she transformed a stagnant, US-centric training department into a high-performing global Learning and Development function that cost-effectively served more than 10,000 employees across the US, Europe and Asia.
Today, as an independent leadership development trainer, coach and consultant operating as “ENSO Life by Design,” Debra has narrowed and deepened her focus on helping individuals lead themselves and their lives with more clarity, purpose and intention to achieve greater fulfillment, joy and success. You can learn more about Debra and her company, ENSO Life by Design, at www.ensolifebydesign.com.
Originally a native of Massachusetts, Debra has enjoyed living in the tranquil woods of New Hampshire most of her adult life with her husband and raising their son. Debra also enjoys yoga, kayaking, hiking, snowshoeing, Zumba, writing, drawing, painting and running. She is an active youth development volunteer for “Girls on the Run” (www.girlsontherunnh.org/) and “End 68 Hours of Hunger” (www.end68hoursofhunger.org/).