Dr. Deborah J. Hrivnak is a professional speaker, coach, author, and the creator of the Four Step Game Plan for How to Take Action and Get Off the Sidelines and Into the “Game.” She is the president and CEO of MyCoachDeborah, Inc., where she integrates her strengths-based philosophy, action-oriented approach, candor, and humor to support individuals toward greater success in their lives.
Before starting her own business, Deborah served as an educational administrator as well as a university professor, where she was awarded the Outstanding Teacher of the Year. A television documentary for the Nebraska State Department of Education also recognizes her notable work with learning-disabled students, and she has served on numerous committees at the district and state levels. One of her greatest passions is working with students and adults with A.D.D.
Her love for football and for life is the inspiration for her work. Deborah believes football is an excellent metaphor for life, based upon her real life experiences in overcoming several challenges and never giving up.
Growing up in Nebraska, football is more than a sport. It is about core values that include hard work, family, and community. Individuals coming together to connect and build community with a sense of pride and recognition is a culture she is passionate about creating and nurturing. In any sport, each individual must work hard, be dedicated to their sport, and spend sometimes years preparing, waiting for the opportunity to make a game changing difference. Deborah believes this is also true in life, if you want to excel in any area.
Deborah holds a doctorate in educational leadership and is a certified life coach. She obtained her coaching certification through the Academy for Coaching Excellence: one of twenty-six programs approved by the International Coaching Federation.
She currently resides in Saint Charles, Illinois, with her husband, John who is a licensed architect and program manager. Her greatest joy is spending time with their ten grandchildren as well as watching various spectator sports — especially football. Having grown up in Nebraska, she is a devoted Husker fan! Deborah enjoys working with people and believes everyone can live life from the hash marks to the uprights!