"Working with Deborah brought me peace of mind and focus to be able to tactfully manage the competing priorities as a leader in our organization. She is a caring, compassionate, and a great listener. Deborah helped bring to the surface the tools and wisdom I posses to manage my workload as Director. The book recommended and weekly discussions allowed me to build confidence in my leadership capacity, to be more kind to myself, and calm my anxiety to be able to lead from a place of creativity. I am grateful for her kindness and the simple tools and resources offered".

Ana Melgoza, Mesa Verde Gardens

"It was a great pleasure working with Deborah on assessing our organizational culture. The topic can be incredibly sensitive and Deborah was mindful of approaching the work in a way that would ensure the integrity of the entire staff across the organization while sharing deep truths. 


She was able to show up for each member of our team to support their voice being lifted. We all appreciated her ability to work in a culturally responsive way with a Black female-run business and non-profit. 

The opportunity to work with Deborah at this stage of growth in our the organization is exciting and will help us scale our work to have a greater impact in Oakland and the lives of families often under-served. It was a gift to have someone as compassionate as Deborah to create a safe space for us to be reflective and authentically engaged in our next phase of growth"!

Jumoke Hinton, Oakland Natives Give Back

"I recently had the privilege of participating in a group workshop Deborah Baron led. I found both her content and approach to be refreshing, stimulating, thoughtful, and deeply spiritual (completely non-sectarian), while still practical and down to earth. Deborah is a natural teacher; one who learns as she teaches. She will make you think and rethink and help you grow in unexpected ways".


Bill Jenks, President, Lighthouse Elder Care, Inc.

dba Home Instead Senior Care

"Working with Deborah as a coach elevated my performance, my confidence and my effectiveness as a manager. Smart, direct, and even-handed, she insists on accountability to yourself and helps you to tap into your best thinking. Deborah armed me with simple but powerful tools to engage more successfully with my team members and my Board of Directors. It’s not a ‘quick fix approach.’ Be prepared to invest time to get the most from being coached. Let it seep in and marinate  bit on your sessions…like mediation or exercise, it pays off for the long haul".

Jeaneen Zappa 

"Thanks so much for your time and coaching prowess.  I have been reflecting on our conversation all week.  It has given me clarity and confidence and a renewed sense of how I approach my work and thinking about the future. Your expertise is a gift to the collective system – please express my thanks to those who had the brilliance to allow you to grow in this direction and provide this strength to others in our field".

Becky Sobelman-Stern
Executive VP & Chief Program Officer
The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

“Thank you for your teaching, coaching, sharing – you are a wonderful trainer and role model”.

Joy Goldstein

Associate Vice President

Deborah A. Baron
Leadership and Transformative Life Coach
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