WHY US

Mission statement

To empower business leaders to reach their full potential

Experienced

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Through her company, The Leadership Bridge®, Deb works with executives, managers, and academic leaders to develop their leadership skills.  She customizes her coaching approach using three proven programs:  Energy Leadership™, Emotional Intelligence (EQi.2.0) and Conversational Intelligence®.  Deb’s passion for leadership development and these proven curricula are delivering impactful and lasting results for individuals and group training participants alike.  

Prior to her executive coaching career, Deb spent more than twenty years as a business leader in the public and private sectors.  She spent ten years leading public and government relations initiatives and teams in the oil and gas industry.  Throughout her career, she has served on numerous community and industry boards and has enjoyed leadership roles in various capacities.

Deb’s diverse work background allows her to serve a broad list of clients.  She worked in the telecommunications industry and worked for several federal and state elected officials in multiple states and in Washington, D.C.  She has experience in sales and marketing for private and non-profit organizations. Her knowledge and experience managing productive teams and  setting and achieving goals allows her to connect, relate and understand the demanding jobs and responsibilities of her clients.

STRATEGIC

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Big picture thinking and being able to lead others strategically is critical for leaders.  Deb has years of experience developing and implementing successful strategic plans and projects.  She has built diverse, collaborative initiatives and teams to work toward common goals.  From successful community college programs to legislative and regulatory initiatives, she knows how to create and find the right synergies between stakeholders, companies and organizations. Thinking creatively about new approaches to old challenges is her preferred way of tackling any task. Using her expertise as a strategic leader benefits clients and partners interested in developing strategic approaches to their careers and everyday work.

Driven

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One of Deb’s signature strengths for business success is her enthusiastic approach which fuels her determination and drive. She is highly motivated by challenges and will work tirelessly to help clients reach their goals. Deb’s energetic focus and presence allow her to create a dynamic and supportive connection with clients.  Keeping momentum going, motivating others and remaining focused on the end goal are qualities she brings to every team and client working with The Leadership Bridge.

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Education

The University of Texas at Austin
Bachelor of Arts – Political Science

Coaching Certification
& Advanced TRAINING

Professional Certified Coach - International Coach Federation
Certified Professional Coach - the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching™ (IPEC)
Energy Leadership Index Master Practitioner
Emotional Intelligence - EQi 2.0 Assessment
Conversational Intelligence® Core Skills Practitioner
COR.E Leadership Dynamics Specialist™

 

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EQI 2.0 Certification
Core Dynamics Specialist
ELI Practitioner
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Leadership Training and Awards

Certified Professional Coach - the Institute for Professional Excellence in Coaching (IPEC) 
Energy Leadership Award – Pittsburgh Business Times
Carnegie Mellon University Leadership and Negotiation Academy for Women
EnCana Leadership Training – Banff Learning Center
PEAK Leadership Program at EnCana
Leadership Wyoming
US WEST Public Policy President’s Club 

VALUES

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TRUST

We are honest and committed to earning and maintaining trust.  We honor confidentiality and epitomize trustworthy behavior.

FUN

We honor the importance of having fun at work and in life.  We choose optimism over cynicism and are committed to being beacons of positive energy.

RESPECT

Our actions and words reflect respect for all partners.  Diverse backgrounds and perspectives make us better.

ACCOUNTABILITY

We empower clients to create and own their own results.  We hold ourselves accountable to exceptional services and expect the same of all our partners.

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Deborah Degner was a featured keynote speaker, and workshop presenter, at a statewide women’s leadership and mentoring conference that I was the event planner for. Deb was a breeze to work with, and delivered an impactful message to the conference attendees. Her keynote, Leading through an Energetic Presence, left us hungry for more. She was the overwhelming favorite in the post conference evaluation, with one attendee noting:  
“Deborah's morning presentation was interactive and incredibly helpful with remembering who's in charge of my success and my happiness, ME!”
I plan to have Deborah join us again in the future, and would recommend her to anyone looking to understand the importance of how we “show up” and what a BIG impact that can make. 
ABBEY PALMA [Event Planner, APG Media of the Rockies]
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"Deb has helped me create and accomplish challenging career and personal objectives. She has coached, advised and motivated me to move out of my comfort zone and progress toward meaningful change.  Obtaining these specific goals allowed me to grow not only in my career but in life.  Her positive and energetic personality makes our working sessions an enjoyable experience.  I would have never stepped up and challenged myself without the coaching from Deb.  She has built a superb leadership coaching program that I wholeheartedly recommend to all executives, managers and high potential employees."   
- AMY WAGERS [Procurement Agent, Noble Energy ]
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