Deborrah M. Himsel is a recognized expert in leadership development, a change agent, a thought leader, an author, an educator and executive coach…a sought-after speaker for conferences and workshops. Clients include: Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Bain, Citigroup, Daimler, Ericsson, Essilor, Equinix, ExxonMobil, Fidelity, the Global Fund, Hunter Douglas, Johnson and Johnson, KPMG, Marsh, Microsoft, NBC Universal, Nestle Waters, Novartis, Novo Nordisk, Produce Marketing Association, Thomson Reuters, Toyota, Starbucks, UBS, Walmart and the New Zealand Trade Enterprise Group. She is the author of Leadership Sopranos Style; How to become a More Effective Boss, which was released to critical acclaim in 2004 and translated into ten languages. She is also the author of Beauty Queen: Leadership Lessons from the Reign of Avon’s Andrea Jung. Over the past several years, she has appeared on Fox News, CNBC and Bloomberg and her articles have appeared in publications such as Forbes.com and Fast Company She is often interviewed and quoted on television, radio and in print. She wrote weekly expert commentary on the TV series, The Apprentice for USA Today.
Deborrah’s areas of expertise include: Leadership development, executive coaching, organization culture evolution and change management.
Deborrah was Vice President of Global Organization Effectiveness at Avon Products, Inc. from 1999 to 2005. In this role, she was a key driver in Avon’s major transition from a holding company to a globally integrated organization, working in over 30 countries. Deborrah was responsible for worldwide leadership development, talent planning, performance management, career development, staffing, executive coaching and organization development.
From 1997-1999, Deborrah was Vice President, Human Resource Planning and Development at Deutsche Bank (formerly Bankers Trust), where she spearheaded the firm’s drive toward a culture that rewarded both results and people—a first for Wall Street.
Deborrah spent the early part of her career with Pfizer in the roles of Director of Training and Development and Manager of Organization Development. Her responsibilities included leadership development, organization and team development, competency modeling and team and process facilitation.
Deborrah is an adjunct faculty member at Thunderbird School of Global Management and The Milano Graduate School of the New School University, where she has taught courses in Leadership, International Human Resource Management, Team Development, Group Dynamics and Organization Development.
Debbie holds an MBA with a concentration on Organization Development from the State University of New York at Binghamton and a Bachelor’s degree from the same institution.