Deborah Grayson Riegel

University of Michigan, BA, Psychology
Columbia University, MSW

Experience: Deborah combines her expertise in cognitive, behavioral and social psychology, public speaking, and coaching to help leaders and teams achieve personal and professional success.

She started her career at age 17, when she won the U.S. National Championship in public speaking as a high school senior and was immediately recruited to coach on presentation and communication skills at colleges and corporations.

Deborah is an instructor of Management Communication at the Wharton School of The University of Pennsylvania. She also serves as a Visiting Professor of Executive Communications at the Beijing International MBA Program at Peking University, China, where she prepares senior leaders from around the world to communicate more effectively in a growing global marketplace.

Deborah holds a degree in Psychology from the University of Michigan and a Masters in Social Work from Columbia University. She is a graduate of Coach U and Coaches Training Institute, and is a Professional Certified Coach with the International Coach Federation.

She is a columnist on presentation and communication skills for Inc. and Psychology Today, and has been a featured expert and a contributor to Harvard Business Review, The New York Times, Oprah Magazine, Forbes, Fast Company, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, Fox Business Network, and American Express OPEN Small Business Forum.

Deborah is the author of “Oy Vey! Isn’t a Strategy: 25 Solutions for Personal and Professional Success”, “Money Talks: 100 Strategies to Master Tricky Conversations About Money” and Tips of the Tongue: The Nonnative English Speaker’s Guide to Mastering Public Speaking.”

Deborah’s approach to coaching, consulting, and training combines the use of coping models (to reduce anxiety and increase confidence) and mastery models (to accelerate learning and skills transfer, as well as to lock in behavior change).

Deborah brings her warmth and wit to every engagement, as she knows that humor reduces people’s resistance to change. Deborah believes that the most successful leaders are those who balance professional credibility with personal authenticity, combining their deep expertise with transparency about where they need to grow.

She and her husband Michael are the proud parents of teen twins, Jacob and Sophie.