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Deborah Parker '77 Virginia Native Launches Message of Inspiration for the Roadways of Life

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 LEESBURG, VA. Aug. 19, 2011 -- In the telling of “Navigating Life’s Roadways” Deborah L.  Parker, a native of Waverly Virginia, invites you to share her storied travelogue filled with “Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration for Your Journey”. The triumphs and setbacks of faith, career, family, health, fun and relationships are creatively presented in her narratives as she reveals the many twisting paths and roads of her journey.

Deborah takes us beyond her single parent family, civil rights era upbringing—weaving together her road map of pursuits as an army officer, corporate manager and entrepreneur while bringing in her personal downfalls along the way, with a metaphorical poignancy that provides a moving message and appreciation for how our own bumpy roads often lead to unexpected, and richly rewarding destinations.

“Life’s roads, paths or journeys are often paved with the travails and triumphs of a barrage of daily evolving circumstances, Deborah reminds us. Sometimes we don’t know the directions or map to our true north.  Is there an IPS (Internal Positioning System) to guide us?” she asks.  As Deborah reflects back on the defining and explaining moments of her life, of which the loss of her mother is one, she spiritually and succinctly finds lessons and a guided hand that supported her adventures all along.

Deborah is the owner of The DPJ Training Group, a leadership and personal development firm specializing in seminars and coaching on career, diversity, management and communications topics. Parker has authored articles on life strategies and business and community issues for publications such as the Alexandria Old Town Crier, Washington Afro-American Newspaper, and Metro Herald, Arizona’s Black Executive Magazine. She currently resides in the Metropolitan Washington DC area.

Deborah holds a B.A. in Sociology from the College of William and Mary and M.A. in Human Resource Development from George Mason University.  She is a retired Lieutenant Colonel in the US Army Reserve and graduated Command and General Staff College. Her professional career also spans corporate positions in operations and learning management for companies such as ExxonMobil and Booz Allen Hamilton. “Navigating Life’s Roadways” is available at: or