Deb Boelkes is an author, keynote speaker, symposium producer, and founder of Business World Rising. She developed her unique sense of leadership style rising through the ranks of a male-dominated business world starting at age twelve. During her 30-year career leading sales, global business operations and professional services organizations within Fortune 500 technology companies, including AT&T, IBM, and Arrow Electronics, Deb gained an undisputed reputation as a passionate, people-oriented leader who, together with her teams, could always be trusted to deliver WOW results.
Deb launched Business World Rising in 2009, originally as Business Women Rising, a leadership development firm dedicated to the advancement of high-potential and high-achieving business women to senior leadership roles. Over time, the company evolved into Business World Rising, with a mission to help organizations everywhere create best places to work, where heartfelt leaders at every level inspire their teams to be the best they can be.
Deb highlights what she considers to be the most important leadership lessons she has learned in the two books she authored in collaboration with Mark Goulston, M.D., The WOW Factor Workplace: How to Create a “Best Place to Work” Culture, to be available in the fall of 2019 and Heartfelt Leadership: How to Capture the Top Spot and Keep on Soaring, to be released in spring 2020.
Deb founded and serves as chair of the Florida-based civic organization, We the People. She also serves as a chapter Vice President for P.E.O. International. She recently served as Florida State Coalitions Director for the Convention of States project and she was President of the Newcomers Club of Amelia Island for 2018. She previously served as a lead community organizer in California for the city of Newport Beach Community Emergency Response Team (CERT), named best in the nation by the Federal Emergency Management Agency. She also served on the Brandman University Business School Advisory Council.
Deb earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration and her MBA in Management Information Systems from the University of Rhode Island. She lives in Florida with her husband, Chris. They have three grown sons and three grand-daughters.
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