Deb Skarda

Deb Skarda


Deb brings over 30 years of experience as a leader and coach supporting leaders around the world who are striving to create more successful and fulfilled lives, careers, and organizations.

When she partners with leaders, Deb’s goal is to elevate their impact and enhance their success formula through her coaching and consultation. She has found success leading people from various cultures and countries around the globe, helping them navigate the challenges of highly matrixed organizations. This includes thriving in environments where ongoing change is the norm.

To understand the passion Deb has for people, it is important to understand that she did not start her professional journey in the boardroom, but in the halls of a hospital as a critical care nurse. Her love of people and learning how best to care for them and what they need served her well as she also developed invaluable on-the-ground expertise in the front lines of the healthcare industry.

She then found success in the pharmaceutical industry and has held senior leadership positions at Abbott, Hospira, and AbbVie. She knows what it is like to be responsible for nearly 100 employees and to manage an expense budget of more than $350 million. Deb can speak with experience when she coaches a client through mergers, divestitures, product launches, organizational redesign, new system and process implementation, communication strategies, operational efficiency, and overall culture and engagement.

Deb believes that we are all more successful, satisfied, and happy when we bring our whole selves to how we lead and how we live. To do this she helps leaders identify their values, hidden triggers, and unrealized opportunities. Deb lives in Wisconsin, between Chicago and Milwaukee, and enjoys various outdoor activities with her family and friends.

  • New Manager
  • Executive Development
  • Team Coaching
  • Training Facilitation
  • Women in Leadership
  • Certified Professional Coach (CPC) – UW-Madison
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC) – International Coach Federation (ICF)
  • Certified Dare to Lead Facilitator
  • Certified Master the Matrix Facilitator
  • Hogan Assessments
  • Benchmarks 360
  • Cross-Functional Influence 180
  • Working Genius
  • Executive FiRE (Factors Influencing Resilience Effectiveness) Index
  • Change Intelligence
  • Dare to Lead
  • Masters of Business Administration – Lake Forest Graduate School of Business
  • Masters of Science in Nursing – University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Bachelors of Science in Nursing – Viterbo University
  • Sr. Director, Business Transformation of Regulatory, Safety & Quality Assurance – AbbVie
  • Sr. Director R&D Quality Assurance – AbbVie
  • Sr. Director Project Management/Regulatory Affairs, Head, Medical Affairs – AbbVie

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