Her first career was as a civilian employee of the U.S. Marine Corps, Army, Air Force and the Department of Defense where she worked in logistics, program analysis. Later in that career she was involved in facilitating change and strategic management for large organizations while working with high level military officers and government executives. Debra then joined the financial services industry as an insurance agent, registered representative, and financial advisor where she held Series 6, 63, 65, 22 and 26 securities licenses, along with life, health, property, casualty, and long-term cares insurance licenses. She chose to join the financial services industry specifically to work with women as investment and insurance clients and to train other women brokers.
Debra envisioned a world where women could go to centers for financial literacy which met their needs and were not just a tool for a representative or agent to sell a company’s products. As she began reaching out to women in her marketing efforts, she became aware of the male dominated nature of the business and created the Financial Freedom Party for Women as an education and marketing tool. It became the process she used to build her clientele. In 2007, with the encouragement of her supporters, she published the first edition of Financial Freedom Party® for Women, A Little Book about Money for Women. In 2012, frustrated by the difficulties of balancing the highly regulated nature of the securities industry with presenting new and easy ways of teaching women financial literacy as a registered rep/financial advisor, Debra retired from that segment of the industry. Based on input from past party-goers, she revised expanded the little book into a workbook which was published in 2013. She blogs and writes on subjects which improve the financial literacy of women and enjoys the freedom of being able to reach out to girls and women, without having the qualify them based on their net worth, certain income levels, or ability to purchase a financial solution “right now”. Debra has enjoyed wonderful support in all these activities from the women in her life, and from her husband and son.