Deanna brings to the table 18 years of creating successful engagements as a facilitator, coach, speaker, and author. Her mission is to reframe the perspective of "soft skills" into the new leadership power skills. She believes a great leader's main objective should be to have effective conversations.
Not one to fit into a box of expectations, Deanna has a wide-ranging background that includes a role as Senior IT Project Manager for a Fortune 1000 company, working with the company’s strategic & acquisitions team, performing improv comedy for the famed Second City Theatricals, narrating seven audiobooks; and delivering over 2,000 facilitation engagements virtually and in person in five different countries. She’s an award-winning speaker and is on faculty with the Lumia School of Coaching. She recently published her first book, "The Rewrite - Change Your Life One Story at a Time."
Her work as a facilitator spans multiple industries, including technology, entertainment, retail, and finance, from start-ups to Fortune 50. Deanna believes her role is to elevate the wisdom of the participants in the room and provide a space that encourages engagement. Her strength is an ability to compassionately challenge beliefs about possibilities and limitations, knowing you can’t elevate your leadership without elevating your humanity. Deanna receives consistently high marks in post-delivery feedback, including a handwritten note from a spouse thanking her for the changes seen at home. The most used word to describe her by participants is "energizing."
Deanna’s Gallup Strengths Finder assessment's top 5 strengths are 1) Strategy, 2) Empathy, 3) Ideation, 4) Input, and 5) Maximizer. A perfect mix for coaching and facilitation. She is certified in Appreciative Inquiry, holds a certificate in the Science of Wellbeing through Yale, and holds an ACC accreditation from the International Coaching Federation.
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