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Debra Lynne Driscoll

Debra Lynne Driscoll

Introduce yourself to our audience. Tell us who you are and what you are currently focused on.

I'm a professional story facilitator, applied theatre practitioner, writer, speaker, and coach. I have developed a strong framework for intuitive listening, embodied action, and intentional engagement of individuals, teams, and communities. I'm the program manager of FEARLESS FORCE: Public Speaking for Visionary Women Leaders. The program is a 6-day intensive that causes a breakthrough in leadership via the creation and delivery of an original signature speech. I participated in the original Fearless Force Circe in New York City, and have since written a book, launched my own business based on my experiences crafted in my signature speech and am now the proud manager of all women who participate in the program across the US and in Australia. I am based in New York City and facilitates programs in New York, San Francisco and Sydney, Australia.

Tell us about your favorite Ellevate Network memory or success story. Why are you a member?

In order to elevate diverse women's voices I need first to connect to women. The Ellevate network provides me with the opportunity to connect with women in many cities and across diverse industries. We believe in inclusion and seek to invite as many women as possible to step into the power of their story. We believe all stories hold messages the world needs to hear and we support women to fearlessly share their story and mission.

How would you define your professional mission?

In May 2016 I was asked to participate in the pilot of Fearless Force. I was interested in the storytelling, the crafting of a speech and the community of women participating. I was equally fearful of the story I knew I needed to share. The program supported me to fear-less and to step authentically and vulnerably into my story and to share it with power and purpose. The program was a clear breakthrough for me and has shaped my work and career since. My professional mission is to invite as many women as possible into this unique and powerful process so they too can cause the breakthrough they are ready for.

What qualities does it take for someone to be successful in your line of work?

I have been a professional storyteller for over 25 years. In that time I have developed the qualities needed to be successful as a story and speech coach. I have an intuitive insight into story and know how to craft a narrative for impact. Essential qualities in my role are deep listening, story and narrative craftsmanship, support of women in all stages of vulnerability and truth-telling, sharp facilitation skills and compassionate coaching.

What is one of your most memorable career accomplishments?

Our Alumni is a collective of women from New York, Hudson Valley, San Francisco, Tel Aviv, Brisbane, Sydney, and Melbourne. Supporting our fearless alumni and watching our global community group is an accomplishment that keeps on giving!

What are some career challenges on your radar?

A challenge I find in my work is the identification and inclusion of diverse voices. I wish to continue to expand my network so I can connect with as many different and amazing women as possible/

What project have you worked on that you’re most proud of? Why?

In 2018 I managed a three-city tour of Fearless Force in Australia. Together with my colleague, we managed to open a new market in Australia and hosted 3 programs over 3 weeks in 3 different cities. In 2019 we returned and added more women to our Fearless program and Alumni.

We’d love to hear more about your career path. What led you to where you are today?

As an applied theatre practitioner and writer for more than 20 years, I have been connected to people and their stories in various ways throughout my career. The role I currently have at Fearless Communicators was a natural evolution of my participation in the pilot and continued support of the organization. Supporting women to step into the power of their voice and story is a natural mirror to my own evolution as a professional who now speaks openly and powerfully in support of all voices being heard.

What is the most rewarding part of your job?

In my role I see women enter the program with many fears about either speaking, being seen, vulnerability and owning their story. In each, I am the privileged witness to the opening up and emerging of women's power activated through the unlocking of their voice and their message. Each program culminates with a wine and cheese event where each woman takes to the stage to deliver their signature speech for the first time to a live audience. At each event, I stand proud as the Fearless Force stage mum and witness the unleashing of each women's fearless power. This is not only rewarding it is a deep privilege.

What legacy do you hope to leave through your work?

Across the globe, men are invited to speak in numbers far greater than women. My hope for my legacy is to see more women invited to speak and more women speaking powerfully from a place of authentic vulnerability and truth. I believe this is change will have a ripple effect on leadership and power across the globe.

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