About

Debora Sholl Humphreys, PhD., PCC


Debora Humphreys, Avila Beach resident, and League of Women Voters member, is an Executive Coach and Organization Development Specialist with Waypoint Coaching and Consulting as well as with her former full time employer, The Aerospace Corporation, El Segundo, CA. Along with her consulting work, Deb volunteers time now providing readjustment coaching for returning veterans and is a docent for the Port San Luis Lighthouse and Pecho Coast Trail.

Coaching and Organization Development Value Proposition

Deb believes that individuals and organizations have the creative capacity to reach their full potential. Her role as coach and OD consultant is to facilitate that process through inquiry, discovery, planning, and personal commitment for accountability. Her approach extends beyond skill development to facilitating shifts in beliefs and mindsets to better mobilize others to meet complex challenges. Because of her large-system perspective, she views the consulting relationship within the larger context of organizational, personal, and extended community life.

Deb has over twenty-five years of organization development experience serving and coaching leaders, teams, and organizations. Her experience coaching leaders comes from within aerospace, government, manufacturing, health care, and chemical industries. She is energized by helping individuals and organizations gain self- awareness to build on their strengths while taking risks to expand their capacity to lead in a complex environment. She most recently applied this background and experience as Sr. Specialist, Organization Effectiveness Department, The Aerospace Corporation, a federally funded research and development organization involved with national security space.

Deb’s interdisciplinary organizational behavior focus provides a solid foundation for understanding the dynamic nature of organizations and leadership challenges within the larger environmental context. Deb earned her Ph.D. from Case Western Reserve University where her dissertation focused on change management and the leadership competencies that distinguish successful from average change leaders.

Deb’s educational background has prepared her to work at the individual, team, and organization levels. Along with the Ph.D., she has a M.Ed. in higher education counseling and three-year post- graduate certification in group process from the Gestalt Institute, Cleveland, Ohio. She is a Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentialed by the International Coaching Federation (ICF.) Deb is certified in many assessment instruments including Myers Briggs, Lominger’s VOICES and eChoices 360, Conflict Dynamics, and the Hay Group’s Emotional Competency Inventory, Leadership Styles, and Organizational Climate Survey.