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DEBORAH HOWARD, Esq., M.S.O.D., founder and President of Guiding Change Consulting, Inc., is a change catalyst, coach, consultant, writer, and educator who is passionate about helping people transform in ways that enable them to access their inner wisdom, spark their passion, and tap into their creativity and potential. She evokes deep insight, clarity and new perspectives to empower, energize and inspire individuals, teams, and organizations to maximize their potential and enhance their effectiveness.
Deborah has over ten years experience helping leaders, teams, and organizations with professional and personal development, leadership, team building, conflict management, diversity, strategic planning and overall organization development. She provides coaching and consulting to a wide variety of organizations ranging from non-profit organizations, corporations, government agencies, hospitals, unions, educational institutions, legal services organizations, and more.
After receiving her bachelor’s degree from Harvard University, Deborah went on to receive a law degree from Northeastern University School of Law. She went to law school with the goal of using the law to help create positive social change. After litigating in the public service area for a number of years both in Anchorage, Alaska and New York City, Deborah became disillusioned with the adversarial process. Rather than taking sides in win-lose scenarios, she wanted to find ways to work with people to help them build and maintain connections. It was that desire that led her to return to school to receive her master’s degree in organization development from American University/NTL.
Deborah’s experience also includes having lived, studied, and worked in Japan. While an undergraduate majoring in East Asian Studies, she spent one year at Waseda University in Tokyo, Japan where she studied Japanese language and culture. (She also earned her black belt in Judo while she was there.) After practicing law in Alaska, she returned to Japan to study law for a year and a half at Doshisha University in Kyoto through a fellowship awarded by the Japanese Ministry of Education. While there, she also worked part-time for a Japanese law firm in Osaka. Deborah has also consulted in Singapore and India.
Deborah’s professional experience includes positions in government agencies, court systems, law firms, educational institutions, and non-profit organizations. Following law school, she clerked at the Alaska Court of Appeals and was an Assistant Attorney General for Alaska’s Office of the Attorney General. She has also worked in private practice in Washington, D.C., as an Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of New York Department of Law, as a legal recruiter, and as the Director of Career Services at New York Law School. Deborah also became Project Director of the Law School Consortium Project. That project, funded by the Soros Foundation’s Open Society Institute, was designed to study and promote models for supporting solo practitioners in meeting the legal needs of low and moderate-income individuals and communities. As a former Director of this one-person-staffed national non-profit organization, she brings insight into and understanding of the challenges non-profits face in promoting important organizational missions with limited financial and human resources.
Deborah is an ICF Professional Certified Coach, a Winslow Certified Coach, a member and board member of the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science, author of Repairing the Quilt of Humanity: A Metaphor for Healing and Reparation, and on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science. She can be reached at 718-857-6830 or email@example.com.