About Deborah

Deborah Collins Stephens is an expert on the human side of business. A best selling author of five books that have been translated into 8 different languages, with one (Maslow on Management) named among the top ten books of the decade by The Financial Times. Deborah is passionate about helping leader’s build inspired teams.

Known for sharing stories that move the hearts and minds, Deborah helps leaders build cultures that create extraordinary levels of employee engagement and customer satisfaction. Grounded in research and real world experience, she has held senior level positions in both the public and private sectors.

Deborah co-founded The Center For Innovative Leadership, a firm that has worked with many Fortune 100 companies and venture backed early stage firms, for over 20 years. She created one of the first e-learning and web cast programs, Leadership Lessons From The Fastlane in conjunction with Broadcast.com/Yahoo. She has been a guest lecturer in the Stanford University Entrepreneurial Thought Leader’s Forum, a faculty member in the Stanford Professional and Executive Development Program and a judge in the Stanford Entrepreneurs Business Challenge Competition. She has also lectured at the University of California San Francisco, California State University, and University of California Haas School of Business.

Deborah’s work and commentary has been covered by National Public Radio, ABC News (San Francisco and Chicago affiliates), United Press International, Inc. Magazine, Fortune Magazine, Selling Power Magazine, Family Circle Magazine, Connections Magazine, Gentry Magazine, The Washington Post, San Francisco Chronicle, San Jose Mercury News, Dallas Morning News, Contra Costa Times, Arkansas Democrat Gazette, Epoch International Times, CBS Radio Boston and Wisconsin Public Radio.

Her client list includes Medtronic, Merrill Lynch, Kaiser Permanente, Intuit, Hewlett Packard, Accenture, Safelife Biotechnology, Storage Tech, Professional and Business Women’s Conference of California, NAWBO, State of California, National Organization of Women in Business, Commonwealth Clubs of California and Silicon Valley, Denver Women’s Forum, San Mateo County Government, and many others.

Deborah serves on the Advisory Board of Women Impacting Public Policy, and Invent Your Futures Inc.