Debra Y. Griffith

Griffith Coaching & Consulting.

Lead Teams and Programs That Everyone Wants to Be a Part Of

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My Mission

To help higher education leaders, teams and programs/departments gain the confidence to best meet the needs of their students.

About Debra

I grew up in Alberta, Canada, which, if you like snow, is an awesome place to live. I, however, liked snow about as much as I liked going to the dentist or doing homework. And so, as soon as I could, I hightailed it to sunny California to pursue my dreams of higher education.

I earned a doctorate in Education specializing in organizational leadership from Argosy University in San Francisco; a Master’s degree in Education with an emphasis in Counseling and Student Personnel from San Jose State University, and a Bachelors’ degree in Sociology from Long Island University, Brooklyn New York campus. Sure, New York winters can be brutal, but I loved learning so much I didn’t even flinch at the blustering winds coming off the East River!

In fact, during this time, I absolutely fell in love with leadership and knew I wanted to make a difference on my own college campus.

Over the years this passion has grown and is the driving force behind my desire to help develop individuals into highly-functioning staff and teams that can achieve their goals. I firmly believe that bringing the best out of people will transform them into highly-motivated contributors, bettering the organizations they work for.

What I do

I work with amazing teams and leaders who have one thing in common: they all undervalue their ability to contribute to student success. With nearly two decades as an administrator under my belt, I’m able to support higher education leaders in improving overall effectiveness and staff cohesiveness to better meet the needs of students.

Change is not easy; however, it can happen if everyone is all-in and committed to fulfilling their role.

My goal is to help you STRENGTHEN YOUR TEAMS, PROGRAMS/DEPARTMENTS by removing the uncertainty you may feel on how to move forward. I will help you gain clarity on what’s missing in your program/department and provide tools and resources to enhance your organization and programs with confidence.

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Work with Debra

There is an old proverb that is embedded into the core of all the work I do, “If you want to be prosperous for a year, grow grain. If you want to be prosperous for ten years, grow trees. If you want to be prosperous for a lifetime, grow people.”

My goal is to grow people into highly-functioning teams that are better able to serve the under-represented and at-risk student populations, which ultimately leads to increased retention and graduation rates at colleges and universities. Clients who have embraced my model are more confident and experience staff cohesiveness.

Whether you want to work one-on-one or have me train your entire department, I can help you reach your goals!

One-On-One Coaching

Leadership Coaching:
Transform your Approach

Are you a leader with a strong desire to take your leadership approach to the next level?

Do you have a strong desire to increase your effectiveness as a visionary, strategist or supervisor?

If yes, this program is for you.


Create Programs and Teams That Everyone Wants to Be a Part Of!

I know what it’s like to feel uncertain about how to strengthen your staff and or program/department and meet the demands of increasing engagement, retention graduation and demands of university goals.

I want to help you gain clarity on what’s missing in your staff program/department and provide the tools and resources that will enhance your organization’s capacity to lead at a high level.


I am a compassionate speaker focused on inspiring, engaging and connecting with the audience.

My talks focus on designing your own path to stretch, grow, and move beyond perceived barriers, finding deeper fulfillment while inspiring others through their own stories.

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Supervision Bootcamps Starting Spring 2018


Why choose us

Trainings are fun, interactive and practical so can you begin using the tools immediately.

I use a systematic way of teaching the 5 components of the supervision process.

A complementary 20-minute one-on-one mentoring session for all completed paid courses is included.

“Love the Training Guarantee”… if you don’t love the training just let me know and I will make it right.

Hiring Right Not Just Hiring Bootcamp

Building a team is like putting the right puzzles pieces together. Increase your capacity to hire without second guessing your decision. Learn 4 techniques to find talent that will assist in creating a stronger team culture.

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Building Honest Relationships Bootcamp

Increase your influence as a leader through the power of authentically investing in your employees. Learn how 9 effective management strategies can influence how you can develop authentic relationships with your staff.

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Growing Talent Bootcamp

Learn how to empower and motivate through sharing both your leadership stories and your tricks of the trade. Learn the key methods to grow your talent.

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Some organizations I have worked with

What Clients are saying

“Dr. Debra Griffith transformed the Educational Opportunity Program at San Jose State University and made it one of the most impressive student success exemplars in the California State University system.”

Dr. Rona T. Halualani
Professor of Intercultural Communication, San Jose State University; Managing Principal and Founder, Halualani & Associates

Dr. Debra Griffith came highly recommended as an expert on organizational development, and she did not disappoint. Her personal approach to consulting with our staff prior to her facilitation allowed for her to tailor her training to meet our organization’s specific needs.”

C. Rob Shorette II, PhD
Executive Director of the California State Student Association

I am committed to helping you move forward. If you are ready to invest in yourself, your staff and your program/department, my services will get you the results you need.

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San Jose, CA