Deborah R. Colbert, AIM, AU, CTT+ CPC, MAOM
Arizona Alliance of Black
Deb is devoted to improving education and the standards used to prepare our children and youth, she is also committed to community development and growth that promote businesses and community sustainability. Deb serves on several boards and volunteers in the areas of housing access and affordability; mentoring, coaching and inspiring young professionals and students in the Dallas, Atlanta and Phoenix areas; she has developed & facilitated programs and curriculum related to leadership and self- development for girls and youth directing programs such as the Daughters of Destiny, the Sankofa Leadership Project, Community Resource & Affinity Groups.
With more than 35 years of experience as a leader at a Fortune 50 Company, Deb has successfully led start-up operations and new business ventures that have increased profit, decreased expenses or improved the customer experience. Most recently, she launched CoCo365- Colbert Consulting, where she is the Executive Consultant with a focus on human development and organizational performance.
As a proven leader and consultant on youth & adult learning, teambuilding, innovation, strategic planning, and operational effectiveness, Deb provides creative solutions that impact business, education & community outcomes utilizing assessments, relationship management and data analytics.
Relationships are very important to Deb, she works collaboratively regardless of location or geography and is sought after for her vision, problem-solving, process & systematic thinking concepts, culture change and inspirational leadership that helps leaders and their teams increase engagement, elevate empowerment of individuals at all levels utilizing the power of relationships, and mentoring to identify strengths improving their lives and the lives of others.
Known for her passionate and inspiring words, Deb motivates and encourages others helping them to gain confidence in their abilities and then excel through action and transformation.
Deb enjoys learning new things, reading, travel, sports, music and working in the yard. Family and Friends are very important to Deb, who is married to her love and friend, Jon; 2 Children, Ashley(Brian) and Jon II (Marta); 5 fabulous grandchildren, beloved pet Juvie.
"Closing achievement gaps is a critical issue. The performance of Blacks is systematically different from that of other racial and ethnic groups. Decreasing gaps in student achievement means that we must increase the learning gains of Blacks."
- National Education Association
"The gap between teachers and students of color continues to grow. Over the past three years, the demographic divide between teachers and students of color has increased by 3 percentage points, and today, students of color make up almost half of the public school population. But teachers of color are just 18 percent of the teaching profession."
- Center for American Progress
"African-American students, particularly males, are far more likely to be suspended or expelled from school than their peers. Black students make up 18% of the students in the CRDC sample, but 35% of the students suspended once, and 39% of the students expelled."
- U.S. Department of Education
AzABSE pledges to continue serving as educational advocates for children who have been poorly served in the past. We further pledge to ensure that African-American and all other diverse students are effectively educated in the present and are accorded priorities for the future. We pledge to lead the way through the creation of a concrete model that demonstrates the goals of academic and cultural excellence.
Arizona Alliance of Black School Educators
1334 E. Chandler Blvd., Ste. #5-D32
Phoenix, AZ 85048
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