Deborah Howard, PCC

​Executive Coach

Focus: Strategic Thinking, Team Dynamics, Managing Differences 

Deborah Howard, Esq., M.S.O.D., is a leading organizational consultant, professional certified coach, and author who previously worked as a public interest lawyer. She brings intercultural insight and a passion for social justice to her work as a change catalyst — helping leaders and their teams access their inner wisdom and tap into their creativity, passion and potential to bring about desired changes in themselves, their organizations and the world.

Deborah is a member and former board member of the NTL Institute for Applied Behavioral Science, author of Repairing the Quilt of Humanity: A Metaphor for Healing and Reparation and Mystery of Memory: Telling My Truth, Standing My Ground, and serves on the Editorial Board of The Journal of Applied Behavioral Science (JABS).

Her work with organizational leaders and teams includes coaching leaders to live and work in alignment with their purpose and values, enabling them to re-ignite passion and bring out the best in themselves and others, working with team members to strengthen their relationships and collaborate creatively across differences, and enabling leaders to make strategic decisions to overcome challenges, manage change and fulfill their organizational missions

In her prior career as a lawyer in high-level positions across sectors, Deborah began to see how she could make a greater difference — and fuller use of her skills and talents — helping organizations develop work environments that are inclusive and just. This led her to earn a master’s degree in organization development from American University/NTL after obtaining a bachelor’s degree from Harvard University and a law degree from the Northeastern University School of Law.

Deborah’s experience also includes having lived, studied, and worked in Japan as well as working in Singapore and India. While an undergraduate majoring in East Asian Studies, she spent a year at Waseda University in Tokyo, where she studied Japanese language and culture, also earning her black belt in Judo.


Education and Certifications

  • B.. Harvard College
  • D., Northeastern University Law School
  • S.O.D., American University
  • Certified Professional Coach – ICF (PCC)
  • Certified – Leadership Circle Profile (LCP)
  • Certified – Hogan Assessment
  • Certified – Immunity to Change (ITC)
  • Certified – Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Certified – Life Styles Inventory (LSI)
  • Certified – Group Styles Inventory (GSI)



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