Debra A. Woog (pronounced like “Vogue” magazine) is a Crisis Navigation Partner® with 30+ years of experience as a leadership researcher, executive and advisor. Debra provides highly competent women with expertise, structure and empathy so that they can process difficult situations, connect with necessary resources, communicate effectively, and lead with a clear mind and a solid strategy.
Having experienced her own crises and crossroads, Debra realizes the importance of an outside resource to provide perspective while navigating difficult circumstances, decisions, and conversations.
Debra’s career has included conducting primary research at Harvard Business School for an award-winning book, directing admissions and career development for the MIT dual-degree MBA program Leaders for Global Operations, and advising nine technology start-ups as Director of People Strategy for Cambridge Incubator. The Boston Globe profiled Debra for her outstanding abilities to select talented candidates, motivate and develop employees, and resolve conflicts between people as well as between organizations. Her work has also been featured in Forbes, Inc., US News & World Report and more.
Debra earned her B.A. in Psychology and American Studies from Wellesley College and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management. MIT Sloan recognized her leadership abilities and community contributions by awarding her the Miriam Sherburne Scholarship. She is trained as a mediator and an ombudsman. Brené Brown has certified her as a trained Dare to Lead™ Professional.
A theater-lover and occasional intuitive painter, Debra delights in spending time with her son and daughter when they’re home from college. She’s also a voracious reader and sometimes knitter.
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Why do I do what I do?
I know from my own experience how difficult it can be to do it all. Sometimes life presents us with more challenges than we feel we can handle on our own. In the midst of all my activities as a leader, entrepreneur, homeowner, family member and friend, I have lived through diagnoses, divorce, death of loved ones, corporate downsizing, and disputes. My journey has demonstrated the value of my skills as a researcher, communications strategist and advisor, as well as a fiercely loving individual.
My heart sits in the balance between logic and empathy. I encourage women to lead with everything they are. As a leader myself, I know that needs fluctuate, so I offer a variety of ways for us to collaborate.
My intention is to use everything I have experienced and learned to make a positive difference for others. It would be my honor to support you to find your best possible outcomes from disturbing circumstances. Let’s connect.