• Executive with Expertise in HR, Private/Non-profit Sectors and Higher Education

    Consultant | Speaker | Advisor

  • Areas of Practice

    Highlights of how I can help

    Consulting & Advice

    Helping private and non-profit organizations with strategic planning, focus groups, research and project initiatives in all areas of management.

    • Problem identification
    • Discrete projects
    • Solution identifier
    • Expert Witness

    Let's dig in to find the root of your business, employee, or customer issues.

    Keynote Speaking

    Management, Leadership and Human Resource Management.

    • Effective in the Boardroom or in an amphitheater
    • Custom or standard presentations
    • Topics include all areas of management and leadership such as: communication, behavioral competencies, workplace trends, talent management and employee motivation/engagement

    Training and Professional Development

    Professional Development seminars in all areas of management and human resources from entry level to executive level.

    • Topics include: change management, diversity and inclusion, employee engagement, performance management, managing teams, and problem solving
    • 1/2 day; Full day; Multi-day
  • Books and Publications


    Developing Proficiency in HR:

    7 Self-directed Activities for HR Professionals

    HR behavioral competencies are critical for success today. Developing Proficiency in HR provides a roadmap for HR professionals to help themselves and their HR colleagues develop the behaviors necessary to be successful. It is a pragmatic and easy to follow book that is filled with practical exercises and worksheets that will be useful to HR professionals and to HR leaders. The book is designed to transform passive learners into active learners by helping HR professionals develop their HR behavioral competencies at their own pace and based on their own needs. Included is guidance on how to approach personal development in day-to-day activities rather than in formal courses or in a formal setting.

    Excerpt 1; Excerpt 2; Excerpt 3Book Blog from Developing Proficiency in HR.

    Defining HR Success:

    9 Critical Competencies for HR Professionals

    Defining HR Success provides an in-depth review and application of the nine critical HR competencies practitioners need to be successful within the field of HR and leaders of their organizations:


    • HR Expertise (HR Knowledge) • Business acumen • Communication • Consultation • Critical evaluation • Ethical practice • Global and cultural effectiveness • Leadership and navigation • Relationship management

    Developing Enhancing Teamwork in Organizations:

    Evidence-Based Best Practices and Guidelines

    Today's team-based organizations face an unprecedented range of challenges. Many teams reflect the diversity of its members which vary in experience, education, and training. To add to the complexity, teams often include people who are not in the same room together, are geographically dispersed, and are connected only by electronic media. This book brings together leading edge practitioners and academics who share their knowledge about effective teamwork. The book contains evidence-based guidelines designed to offer practitioners advice, recommendations, and strategies for developing and sustaining teams that consistently function at peak performance.

  • About Deb Cohen

    Deb Cohen, Ph.D.

    Deb Cohen, Ph.D., is an association executive with more than 25 years of experience advising, speaking and guiding nonprofit, academic and for-profit entities. Her latest book (2016) Developing Proficiency in HR: 7 Self-directed Activities for HR Professionals is sole-authored and Cohen is delivering talks and professional development highlighting how behavior matters to HR and business professionals and how to develop HR behavioral competencies. As a former Senior Vice President, with the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM), Cohen was responsible for a 50-person Division covering knowledge services, original research, and the development of a profession-wide competency model. Deb has academic teaching and administrative experience and is a Senior Certified HR Professional (SHRM-SCP).


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    Education and Credentials

    The Ohio State University: PhD in Management and Human Resources

    The Ohio State University: Master of Labor and Human Resources

    Ohio University: Bachelor of Science in Communication

    Senior Certified HR Professional: SHRM-SCP

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