About Deborah L. Parker

Deborah L. Parker is a sought after speaker on issues of leadership, personal development, career management, communications and diversity through her company The DPJ Training Group. She has also written on these topics for business publications in the Metropolitan DC and Phoenix AZ communities. Deborah is the author of 5 non-fiction books on life choices, workplace problem-solving, leadership and career management to include a well-received motivational memoir, Navigating Life’s Roadways: Stories of Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration for Your Journey, which chronicles her setbacks and successes around work, family, culture and relationship issues. She holds a B.A. in Sociology from The College of William and Mary and M.A. in Human Resource Development from George Mason University. Deborah gleans learnings from her varied careers as an Army officer as well as in corporate operations and human resources positions with ExxonMobil and Booz Allen Hamilton to cement her presentations. She is a member of the Loudoun County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., Chamber of Commerce and Metro DC Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development.

Write On! My Journey to Publication

These books are a charge and blessing from above. Writing them have been on my radar for a while. I remember first mentioning my authorship intent to family and friends about 16 years ago. Then I started writing—capturing life’s glories and challenges … Continue reading

Finding Rainbows After the Storms

Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians. Chinese proverb            There’ve been many storms in our nation recently. From the real kind to those of the human heart with the tragedy in Colorado. Driven by the fury of … Continue reading

Courage and the Business of Leadership

How often do we think about what it takes (beyond our skills) to keep doing what we’re doing. Particularly when it’s tough stuff. This reminds me of my time in the army; going through boot camp, officer candidate school and … Continue reading

3 Surefire Ways to Move from Toxic to Triumphant Leadership

First, a little backstory. Recently I was involved in an enlightened conversation about toxic leadership at a professional development conference held for military officers. During the lunch break I sat with a mix of junior and senior officers—to include a … Continue reading

Leadership Tools from the Peanut Field: A Southern Woman’s History, Legacy and Lessons

  My hometown of Waverly Virginia sits adjacent to an area known as the “Peanut Capital of the World.”  Many businesses and jobs were based on the growth as well as the extraction of this crop in the 1940’s through1960’s, … Continue reading

Virginia Native Pens Message of Inspiration for the Roadways of Life

    In the writing of “Navigating Life’s Roadways” Deborah L. Parker, born and raised on Route 606 in Waverly, invites you to share the stories of her motivational memoir filled with “Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration for Your … Continue reading