Debra Wasserman
Executive Leadership Coach & Workplace Strategist
High potentials, HR Leaders, Leaders, New Hires, New Leaders, New Managers,

Debra Wasserman specializes in purpose-driven leadership for companies and executives who want to develop robust and resilient teams; create innovative solutions to complex problems, and leave a legacy through kindness. Her new platform, The State of Kind, fosters inclusive leadership through honoring relationships, nurturing well-being, and igniting creativity.


A State of Kind mind is essential for building lasting communities that reflect the change we want to see. With over 25 years in a senior role, Debra teaches leaders how to leverage compassion for their company. She champions leaders and their teams to transform their organizations, launch new ventures and navigate through periods of transitions so they can increase their problem solving capacity, boost employee retention, strengthen organizational communication, and ultimately, increase profits.


Debra is a sought after entrepreneurial strategist who supports her clients to activate the mindset that is conducive to leading a successful business. Through her motivational and collegial style, she creates reciprocal partnerships with each client, focusing on their specific needs and areas of opportunity. Her coaching approach is specific, actionable and practical. She emphasizes follow-up to ensure effective implementation of the coaching process, as well as alignment with her client’s mission, vision and values.


Prior to the launch of her Executive Leadership Coaching business, Debra served as the Executive Director of Israel Policy Forum (IPF), a bipartisan group that galvanized leaders in the business, philanthropic, entertainment and political communities to support an active American role in Middle East diplomacy.


During her 11-year tenure, she built a national advocacy network and national board of directors that brought together donors and community leaders in a unique working partnership.



B.A., University of Michigan— Political Science
MPA., The School of International and Public Affairs, Columbia University—Public Administration



Executive and Organizational Coaching, New York University


Executive and Organizational Coaching, The Neuroleadership Institute


Total Leadership, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania


Health and Wellness Certification, Institute of Integrated Nutrition (IIN)


Gallup Global Strengths Coach


Seth Godin’s ALTMBA Program





Fun Fact:

After graduating from the University of Michigan, I worked and studied abroad in London, England. I had the unique opportunity to work for Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.


Over the past eight years I’ve taken 3,050 soul cycle classes and I am a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations.


Lastly, I’m a board member of Project ALS, Shefa School and I chair the Community Resource Cabinet at UJA Federation of New York and serves on the Advisory Board of the Jewish Studies Center at Baruch College and also co-chair the Advisory Council of the Center for Family Life at the Marlene Meyerson Jewish Community Center of Manhattan.


Teams That Use Their Strengths Perform Better Than Teams That Don’t


How to Improve Teamwork Collaboration in the Workplace


Leading a Team: The Executive’s Role in Teamwork


Your Values Are Your Compass

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