Leadership • Inspiration • Action
Deborah L. Parker
Deborah is a seasoned facilitator, motivational speaker, army veteran, cancer survivor, trainer, author, and coach with a wealth of experience on a variety of workplace issues. She has encouraged audiences to use their "gifts and wits" in creating winning foundations for their professional and personal goals.
Results, Wisdom, Motivation
Taking adversity as the route to “never count yourself out!” is also a part of Deborah’s inspiring platform and she has been featured in radio and online media to tell her compelling story. She grew up during the Civil Rights era of a rural Virginia town as the oldest child of a very determined single mother in the home of her wise maternal grandparents, which had no indoor plumbing. But her family encouraged her to study, be responsible, get involved and have faith. These situations impacted Deborah’s love of learning history and culture tremendously. And now she honors the legacies of these anchoring ‘old folks’ in very profound ways, resulting in her poignant speaking and writing.
Through her company, The DPJ Training Group, Deborah's areas of expertise include leadership development, diversity, and career seminars for government, Department of Defense and private sector clients. In her work, she combines an academic background of degrees in Sociology (B.A., College of William and Mary) and Human Resource Development (M.A., George Mason University), with insight into leadership with time in the US Army Reserve, reaching the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. She graduated the US Army Command and General Staff College as well as attended certification courses with Dale Carnegie on personal growth and inspiring change. In the corporate world, Deborah worked in training and operations management for Booz Allen Hamilton and ExxonMobil.
Deborah has been a featured speaker at conference events for the National Council of Negro Women, International Association of Administrative Professionals, Military Officers Association of America Business and Career Networking Group, Society for Human Resource Management, Rotary Clubs, Diversity Forums, as well as Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday, Black History and Women’s History month programs.
Writing, Lessons Learned, Reflections
A passion for penning her thoughts led Deborah to publish a motivational memoir, Navigating Life's Roadways: Stories of Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration for Your Journey, that chronicles her setbacks and successes around career, faith, relationships, or family that has helped many others bring focus to where they are on their unique path. And she entered the eBook landscape with Life is A Review: Observations and Collections of My Passages Through the Times, a poignant compilation of essays, blogs and poems on identity, education and society from her over 25 years of writing! Her work, For People of Strength, Soul, and Spirit: 7 Guidelines for Life & Career Success, is part history book, motivational speech, and workbook, which focuses on African American goal achievement. It appears on a suggested reading list in a March 2013 article in Ebony magazine.
Her most recent book, Hardcore Leadership: 11 Master Lessons from My Airborne Ranger Uncle’s “Final Jump” chronicles the life and leadership of her late uncle who was a Vietnam Vet, Ranger Hall of Fame Inductee and Former Honorable Chief Magistrate in Virginia and Chair of the Sussex County Board of Supervisors with solid take-aways for leaders in business, personal and community environments.
In the community Deborah is a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Herndon, Military Officers Association of America, and the Metro DC Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development. She enjoys travel, long walks and reading.
- Drive On! Steer Towards Success
- Triumphant Leadership From the Trenches
- Lead Strong! The Heart and Hardcore Way
- Diversity: A Dynamic Force for the Future
- Rising to Be Whole, Worthy and Well
- Prime Your Pump! Motivated for Tough Times
- Resilience! Making a Comeback
- Engage Your Business GPS – Goals, Prospects and Strategies
- The Highway of Heritage: Knowing Your Ancestral Roots
Deborah’s speaking style involves a wonderful blend of honesty, practicality, knowledge and humor. She is a wonderfully gifted speaker and communicator.
--- Elaine Gibson, Owner, Peppers Customer Relations, B2B Program Coordinator, Community Church, Ashburn, VA
Deborah has written stimulating articles on community, health and history topics for this publication that have been well-received by our circulation audience. Using her professional experiences from careers in the military and business with a tie-in to her personal journey help to cement her style of successfully informing readers about important matters of daily life.
--- Edgar Brookins, General Manager, Washington Afro American Newspaper
Deborah knows her subjects very well and is able to relate her personal experiences into the curriculum and subject matter to better communicate with those she is coaching, leading and teaching.
--- Dennis VanLiere, Program Manager, Strategic Resources, Inc.
What an amazing ability Deborah has, especially to make a connection with whosoever is in the audience, at any level. She is the consummate professional, a joy to work with, and results are consistently good. I always bring her in.
--- Susan Tillotson, Training Director, National Park Service
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