THINK GOOD COMPANY STORY
I learned to be an ally and champion for others when I was a tot from my parents. I coordinated a fundraiser when I was in elementary school for Easter Seals by planning a massive carnival in my backyard. I was the founder of the KIND club...Kindness In Nature’s Defense. Fast forward. College. I became fascinated by the intersection of people and systems. Sociology + Psychology=Social Work. The empath in me as a young professional, couldn’t let go of other people’s stories. I decided I wanted to make a difference by inspiring others through change. So, I got my Master’s in Organizational Development
I won’t bore you with the details, but I divide my career into a few chapters. Higher education where I had the opportunity to work with high potential student leaders. Corporate consulting around diversity, equity and inclusion. Fundraising for organizations that I was passionate about. And non-profit leadership.
I served as the CEO of Habitat for Humanity of the Lehigh Valley for almost 7 years. Although I couldn’t frame a house, I could frame an organizational vision. And, with an amazing team, we did just that. But I was tired and was ready for a new challenge.
I launched The Think Good Company as a full-fledged business in 2018. I also thought I needed a few extra tools in my leadership toolbox. “Coach” was a descriptor I used frequently. I committed myself to becoming a professional coach.
As life would have it, my coaching certification process collided in a cosmic way with massive life events over a nine-month period:I signed on the dotted-line for my coaching program a month after unexpectedly losing my mom.I did my last live training module just 3 weeks after losing my dad. I lost two of my pups during these 9 months. I had a spinal fusion in February. I literally had every reason in the world NOT to finish my program ... but I did! And that’s how the best iteration of The Think Good Company was born. I lead my work with coaching first. My expertise and education are always there to support the coaching process for individuals, teams and organizations. My mission now...to Ignite potential in people, teams, and organizations so that they can leave the world better than they found it..
YOU MAY NOT KNOW ABOUT DEB...
- I was expelled in elementary school for starting a food fight. Over spaghetti. With a boy that I liked.
- I spent two weeks at Fort Bragg at an ROTC program for college administrators. I shot a howitzer in shorts and a floral top.
- I am terrified of birds. I stop the car and scream in the presence of wild turkeys.
- I am a live concert junkie. My husband and I have seen almost 100 shows in our 15 years together.
- I starred in every drama production during my high school years. Not really a surprise.
- I was a cheerleader. Even less of a surprise.
- My husband and I got married during lunch by a judge in a courtroom. We went to Friendly’s for ice cream and went back to work.
- I wanted to be a pediatric zoo vet until I realized that I had no interest in science.
- I am a Jersey girl. Exit 168. It’s a thing.
- I have had two spinal neck surgeries. I consider my chronic pain to be an evil twin.
- I’ve been told I am an “earth angel”. Not sure what it means but I think it speaks to my finely tuned skills around intuition.
- I have an unhealthy relationship with all things Bravo (TV) related. I love good stories.
- I lived in a residence hall after going through a divorce with my two-year-old daughter. She got the bedroom and a Barney bed. I got the sofa.
- My superpower is igniting the potential in others. Kaboom!
- My passion is around supporting people in finding their voice. And I don’t mean singing
- I wanted to be the Oscar Meir Weiner mobile when I was a kid. Anyone know why?
- My grandmother was my idol.
- The first words I read were DQ and Bloomingdales. Giving me soft-ice cream and an hour in a store and I am happy.
- I am obsessed with all things stationery. LOVE journals, planners, and pens!
- I’ve worked in lots of sectors…higher education, consulting, corporate and nonprofit. The same leadership challenge stories come up everywhere.
- I’ve spent my life pursuing happiness and re-defining success.
- If I could have a million pets…I would.
- I believe that each of us has the ability to change the world.
- I love working with people who I call difference makers
- I hope to meet you!