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Lay Leadership Development
Wexner Heritage Program’s Need: “Gold-standard”, innovative leadership development seminars for volunteer Jewish Leaders.
Deborah’s Deliverables, from Rabbi Jay Moses, Director, Wexner Heritage Program:
“The Wexner Heritage Program has set the gold standard for inspiring and educating volunteer Jewish leaders, primarily through the study of Jewish history and text. In an effort to experiment with new ideas and techniques in bridging the worlds of serious Jewish study and leadership skills and ideas, we engaged Deborah Grayson Riegel, MSW, PCC to teach a pair of leadership seminars. Deborah brought creative, well-thought-out ideas to the table with beautifully prepared materials. She was efficient, diligent, and delightful to work with in the preparation. And her students were intrigued, enriched, and entertained by her dynamic presentations, vivacious personality, and thought-provoking content. Our members have a deeper and broader vision of themselves and their own leadership skills as a result of learning with Deborah. I would recommend Deborah to any Jewish organization looking for creative leadership training.”

Professional Training, Management Coaching
Foundation for Jewish Camping’s Need: To train new managers in Jewish camps to become effective, supportive coaches through distance learning.
Deborah’s Deliverables, from Naomi Less, VP of Programs 2004-2007, Foundation for Jewish Camping
“Deborah was hired to focus on the professional development of 1st year managers in Jewish camps through its inaugural program called CALL – the Cornerstone Alumni Leadership Ladder, now named Launchpad.  Deborah was hired to work with the CALL program's faculty, training them to be coaches for the young leaders they would ultimately train.  She was very organized and well prepared for our sessions together. Our desire was to have her help us create a common language and understanding of coaching among a diverse group of Jewish educators for their own faculty work.  Deborah produced excellent tools and resources for us that were very understandable and user-friendly.  She was able to lead the group through distance training effectively, though she had met none of the faculty in person -- a true gift. Deborah was very good to work with from a professional competency perspective and very responsive to her task.  She was encouraging and helped keep all of us on task. In terms of training, Deborah Grayson Riegel, MSW, PCC is a great resource for Jewish professional development.”

Client Need: To find a professionally and personally fulfilling position in a specialized industry.
Deborah’s Deliverables, from Coaching Client:
“Working with you gave me the confidence to approach people and let my best characteristics shine through. Last week I was at a conference where I approached someone for advice on how to best tailor my career search. I was expecting a nice conversation and maybe an introduction or two, but I ended up getting a job interview instead! The combination of networking and interview skills I learned from you were absolutely essential to finding my dream job. I had an offer within a month of filing my application, which is almost unheard of in my specialized line of work.”

Lay Leadership Development
Alan SamuelsLincoln Square Synagogue’s Need: To instill professional leadership and executive management skills in the current and prospective lay leaders of the community
Deborah’s Deliverables, from Alan Samuels, LSS Officer and Program Director, Lay Leadership Training Program:
“In 2006-7 we received a grant from the Orthodox Union (OU) to support an innovative Lay Leadership Development program that we had created. The program intended to instill professional leadership and executive management skills in the current, and prospective, lay leaders of the community. In searching for professional training and development for the more "tangible" professional skills of meeting management, presentations and strategic thinking, Deborah was recommended to us. Deborah worked with us to understand our goals and our audience and tailor a series of sessions and workshops to develop and enhance our year-long program. She delivered each of these sessions in her unique style that was content-rich yet incredibly engaging, thought provoking yet practical and, always, on-time and on point. She was a pleasure to work with and built a tremendous rapport with the participants and other synagogue officers. Personally and professionally I would recommend Deborah wholeheartedly. She brings best-in-class management and coaching skills, but with a unique sensitivity to the nature and needs of Jewish individuals and organizations. She was exactly what we were looking for!”

Professional Training, One-on-One Coaching, Fundraising Training
Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School’s Need: Professional development for staff, faculty and rabbinical students in communication skills, fundraising and etiquette through ongoing training and one-on-one coaching
Deborah’s Deliverables, from Oksana Bellas, Director of Operations, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School
“Deborah has been a tremendous asset to our organization! I feel truly blessed to have been able to find someone like her to work with our rabbinical students and staff on an individual basis and in Pastoral Counseling classes. Deborah has coached some of our students and staff in improving interpersonal communication styles, etiquette, and helping them develop professional conduct. We also booked Deborah to do a training session in fundraising for our alumni, which was both practical and educational. Her energy and can-do attitude are contagious! I have found Deborah has a unique ability to break down what might seem to be complicated into simple steps. The breadth and depth of her consulting and coaching expertise are most impressive. She works hard to please and to deliver positive results. She is a true professional – in and out.”

Professional Coaching, Consulting
Board of Jewish Education’s Need: Coaching support for a new organizational initiative in leadership development.
Deborah’s Deliverables, from Rabbi Arnold D. Samlan, Director, Nassau/Queens Services, Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York
“When the Board of Jewish Education of Greater New York was asked to develop a program for emerging young Jewish leaders through its Long Island office, it was entering a venture that was outside of its usual focus. We needed to conceptualize the challenges, develop an approach and learn a new set of skills.  We turned to Deborah Grayson Riegel, MSW, PCC. Deborah worked with two staff members – coaching, teaching, training and encouraging us in our work. Meetings and phone calls with her never failed to give us new insights, and the resources that she made available through her website were informative and helpful. Deborah always displayed her tremendous knowledge as well as a sense of humor and the deep warmth that she feels towards others. Even after the formal consultation relationship was completed, we remain friends and colleagues who are there to share ideas and visions. Any organization that seeks to do its job in a more thoughtful way would benefit from spending time working with Deborah.”

Lay Leadership Development
Emily FarkasWechsler Leadership Development Institute’s Need: To provide an exciting, interactive opening session that sets the tone for a year-long leadership development program.
Deborah’s Deliverables, from Emily Farkas, Director, Young Adult Division, United Jewish Federation of Pittsburgh
“Deborah Grayson Riegel, MSW, PCC has led the opening session in this 11-part series for the past four years and has been instrumental in exciting and encouraging the participants to learn about each others’ backgrounds, Jewish history and beliefs, and to think about their leadership strengths and what they have to offer each other and the community.  She is a great person to launch the program and excite the participants about the opportunities ahead.  Deborah is a pleasure to work with.  Each year Deborah brings with her some new concepts and exercises…and brings back some of the great exercises that are worth repeating.  Her energy is infectious and she works with the energy of the crowd to get them excited. She is extremely responsive with regards to scheduling, program content, and beyond.  She is also enthusiastic and always has some new, and funny, stories to share. Deborah does a great job of getting people to think about themselves as leaders and what it truly means to be a leader in the Jewish world. Pittsburgh has welcomed Deborah for four years running and hopes to continue enlisting her help for many years into the future.  She runs a wonderful opening workshop that is engaging, educational and, most importantly, fun!  I would recommend her to any community who is looking for someone with intelligence, insight, and enthusiasm!”

Professional Development
Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metro Chicago’s Need: A fun, educational professional development retreat to help staff improve donor and colleague relations.
Deborah’s Deliverables, from Audra Berg, Assistant Vice President, Leadership Development, Jewish United Fund/Jewish Federation of Metro Chicago
“We hired Deborah to run a department retreat for 50 people. Once we gave her an idea of what we hoped to achieve, she presented us with a creative and engaging day-long program for the department. The retreat exceeded our expectations. Not only did we learn new and interesting ways to interact with our donors and colleagues, we had a great time and got to know each other on a deeper level. I would highly recommend Deborah to other organizations. Her enthusiasm and energy as a facilitator is contagious!”


partial client list

Marriott Hotels

Mercedes Benz

Microsoft China

Monster Worldwide

National Association of Temple Administrators


New York City Department of Education

Orthodox Union

Park Avenue Synagogue

Ritz Carlton Hotels

Solomon Schechter Network

Sony Ericsson

Special Olympics

Susan G. Komen



UJA Federation of New York

Union for Reform Judaism

United States Army

Wexler Heritage Program

Yeshiva University

Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School