RICHMOND, VA, October 23, 2013 /24-7PressRelease/ -- Sharing homespun narratives with those gathered for this important occasion of raising funds to support students en route to college, Deborah realized that wherever we're from has a soul, and that we remain a part of it whether we were born there and still live there, born there but have moved away, moved to the county or gone to the beyond. Having left the county in 1973 to attend the College of William and Mary and on to career positions around the country, she remains rooted in this place of her beginnings. Further emphasizing how this place shaped and prepared her for life's inevitable setbacks along with her successes of which her faith has seen her through. Deborah encouraged parents and family to make sure the next generation gets a dose of old school, new school, and Sunday school! Connecting the importance of rules, boundaries and belief to young people, she said the need for this type of foundation endures, quoting her late wise grandmother Pearl Cargill Parker's words, "Right ain't changed in all these years."---
A reinforcing scripture she shared from Psalm 71:20 is:
Though you have made me see troubles,
many and bitter,
you will restore my life again;
from the depths of the earth
you will again bring me up.
How else can we all be a part of a solution? Deborah posed this question as a way for everyone to think about what they can contribute, big or small, in time or talent, to solidify the future of this hometown soil.
Through her company, The DPJ Training Group, Deborah has been providing motivational speaking, leadership, diversity and personal development learning programs for private and public sector clients for over 15 years. Using the tools of 360 feedback and other developmental assessments, she has also coached all levels of employees through periods of significant change in their career and personal lives. To solidify her work, Deborah blends an academic background of an M.A. in Human Resource Development with career stops as an Army reserve officer and corporate manager, to ensure best result outcomes for her customers. She is a member of the Metro DC Chapter of the American Society for Training and Development, Loudoun County Alumnae Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc. and other community groups. She currently worships with Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Herndon, VA
Deborah has penned four books, Navigating Life's Roadways: Stories of Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration for Your Journey and Life is A Review: Observations and Collection of My Passages Through the Times. Both chronicle highlights of her life's setbacks and successes with the themes of career, family, and choices in a motivating format with relatable takeaways for readers. Her recent works are For People of Strength, Soul, and Spirit: 7 Guidelines for Life & Career Success which focuses on African American goal achievement and Hardcore Leadership: 11 Master Lessons from My Airborne Ranger Uncle's "Final Jump" , honoring the service and legacy of her late uncle, the Honorable Harris L. Parker who served as a Chief Magistrate and Chair of the Sussex County Board of Supervisors.
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