Deb Markowitz offers individualized coaching to help experienced and emerging women leaders develop into authentic, confident, and effective leaders.

Successful leaders are grounded in purpose and bring their whole selves to work, so Deb starts by exploring the unique strengths and values of each woman she coaches. Using a variety of tools, Deb helps her clients identify and reconnect to their personal and professional values and goals.

Because Deb has decades of experience in top leadership positions, she is able to provide practical strategies to build effective teams, manage conflict, and improve organizational outcomes. She also works with clients to recognize and address “imposter syndrome” and manage the many personal stressors women face that can lead to burnout and get in the way of success.

With Deb's help, her clients develop resilience and adaptability to overcome obstacles that may arise on their paths to success as female leaders. Her clients learn to make strategic decisions with clarity and confidence and hone their ability to navigate complex professional landscapes.

Perhaps most importantly, Deb works with her clients to develop an authentic executive presence that inspires others and motivates them to be their best.


What People are Saying about Deb

"As a first-time executive director, I knew it would be important that I had someone who understood the unique challenges I would inevitably have to navigate, especially as a woman leader. I met with several coaches and while they listened to me and had a lot of coaching experience, they hadn't been through it themselves and couldn't give me the practical advice I needed to grow as a professional. Deb has been a trailblazer and each time we met she could relate and draw from her own experiences to help guide me into discovering a path that was right for me. She listened, but she also offered real strategies. This has been invaluable and has made me a better leader. Deb is easy to talk with and connect to, and any woman in a leadership role would be lucky to have her guidance. I know I have been." - Shabnam

“There’s no manual for the things leadership throws at you, and having Deb in my corner has made all the difference in being able to nail those tricky situations. Deb's vision supports my growth and challenges me, pushing my boundaries and comfort level yet when I really mess things up, her compassionate redirection gives me the confidence to get back at it.  Everyone needs a Deb in their corner”.  - Kim


How Executive Coaching Works

Executive coaching is a powerful tool for leaders who want to take their performance to the next level. With one-on-one coaching, you can reconnect with the values that matter to you, gain clarity, build new skills, and make meaningful progress toward your goals.

Some benefits include:

  1. Increased Self-Awareness: Gain a deeper understanding of your leadership style, values, and strengths. Discover how your behaviors and attitudes impact your team and learn to make conscious choices that align with your vision.
  2. Improved Organizational Performance: Develop a clear and compelling vision for your organization that enables you to prioritize resources and manage your time.
  3. Heightened Influence and Impact:  Learn to motivate and inspire your team and build strong relationships with donors, partners, and stakeholders to increase your organization's impact and sustainability.
  4. Stress Management and Work-Life Balance: Develop strategies to manage stress, maintain work-life balance, and prevent burnout. Achieve harmony between your personal and professional responsibilities.
  5. Enhanced Leadership Skills: Develop the leadership competencies that are essential for success, including strategic thinking, change management, conflict resolution, and effective communication.

Meet Deb Markowitz

Deb Markowitz has had a long career in public service. After graduating from the Georgetown University Law Center, magna cum laude in 1987 she clerked with Vermont Supreme Court Justice Louis Peck.  In 1989, Deb established the Vermont League of Cities and Town’s Municipal Law Center, and as its director provided legal services to local officials across Vermont.

In 1999 Deb was elected Vermont’s Secretary of State, serving until 2011. As Secretary, Deb was a national leader for progressive election reform and government transparency, and she started the Women’s Leadership Initiative to encourage and train women to run for public office. Markowitz served as president of the National Association of Secretaries of State and she served on the Board of Advisors of the Federal Election Assistance Commission.

After running for governor in 2010 and losing in a close primary, Deb was appointed Secretary of the Vermont Agency of Natural Resources (ANR), where she served until 2017. At ANR, Deb shaped the state’s environmental agenda, focusing on climate change, forest health and integrity, and water quality. She served on the boards of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative, and the Transportation Climate Initiative and she represented Vermont on the White House Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience, and at the United Nation’s Conference of the Parties on Climate Change in Paris and Marrakech.

After leaving state government, Deb was appointed Visiting Professor of Environmental Policy and Leadership at the University of Vermont, where she taught courses in women and leadership and environmental policy and problem-solving.

Deb In 2019 Deb joined the nonprofit, Ceres, as Vice President of Programs, overseeing the organization’s Climate and Energy, Water, Food and Forest, and Capital Market System programs. These programs engage investors and companies to tackle the world’s most serious sustainability challenges and work to scale the transition to a sustainable economy.

Most recently, Deb served as Vice President and Massachusetts State Director for The Nature Conservancy where she led a team of professionals to address two of the most pressing challenges facing the world – climate change and biodiversity loss.

Deb has served on the Boards of Advisors for the Georgetown Climate Center, and she has been recognized nationally with the Father Drinan Public Service Award from Georgetown University Law Center; a Lifetime Achievement Award from EPA, Region 1; an Aspen Institute Rodel Fellowship; and the Kennedy School of Government’s Cahn Fellowship in Public Leadership.