Meet Debra Benton

Keynote Speaker Debra Benton

For over thirty years, my passion has been to help managers and executives take ownership of their career potential. My skill is to give you endless new thinking that challenges your assumptions and explores new behavior outside of your comfort zone. Together we take your leadership style to the next levels — all to create a better future for you and your organization.

I've been honored to work with some of the best and brightest from GE, Microsoft, Pepsi, Novartis, Time-Warner, NASA, American Express, Dell, Kraft Foods, Citicorp, Deloitte, Kellogg's, McDonalds and UAL — to name a few of my client companies.

My ten business books have been published in a dozen different languages, and I've been fortunate to work in eighteen countries and with many more cultural backgrounds.

My expertise has brought front-page coverage in the publications like Wall Street Journal and USA Today, and made me a welcome guest on the Today Show, Good Morning America, CNN, and CBS where I was interviewed by Diane Sawyer.

Condé Nast Portfolio magazine wrote, "Debra Benton is one of the top five coaches to have on speed dial." TopCEOcoaches.com ranked me in the top ten coaches in the world and as the number one female coach in 2013.

My time is divided between advising individuals as their professional mentor and executive coach; speaking to large and small groups; and researching to distill patterns of personal leadership that will enable you to lead the next generation of teams.

My work outside of my company is to teach leadership in Colorado State University's MBA Global Social & Sustainable Enterprise program and serve as an adjunct professor at UNC's Monfort School of Business.

Debra Benton featured on magazine cover

What the Media Writes About Debra Benton

"Her work is aimed at giving people control over their destiny."

The New York Times

"Benton's advice isn't likely to appear in books on business."

The Wall street Journal

"Benton deals with the reality of the business world."

Chicago Tribune

"What Benton teaches makes difference."

CBS News
 

"Debra Benton is a leader."

Barron's
 

"Captains of industry have it. So do great generals and successful politicians....Benton advises them."

Time
 

"She knows the right stuff."

London Daily Mail
(London)
 

"She polishes top executives."

Australian Financial Review
 

"Benton shows executive hopefuls how to be corporate captains."

Sunday Times, Johannesburg
(Johannesburg)
Executive Coach Debra Benton & husband Rodney Sweeney

Personal

On the personal side I'm the proud daughter, sister, and wife of a veteran. Happily married to retired ranch manager and cowboy, Rodney Sweeney and reside in the foothills of Northern Colorado in a small ranching community.

"Debra Benton's client list reads like a veritable blue chip stock portfolio."
— Dan Burnham, President and CEO Raytheon

Clients Benton Has Helped:

AT&T
Andersen Consulting
Advanced Energy
Air Products & Chemicals
Albemarle
Agilent
American Express
American Dietetic Association
Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
Bank of Hawaii
Bar S Foods
Bechton-Dickenson
Black & Decker
Borgess Medical Center Budget Rentals
Bristol-Myers Squibb
Brunswick
Campbell's Soup
Century 21
Chartwell Hospitals
Cisco Systems
Citibank
Citicorp
Colorado State University
Colorado Women's Foundation
Colorado Women of Influence
Coors
Comcast
Convergys
Credit Suisse First Boston
Daniels Cablevision
Daniels Fund
Dell Computer
Deloitte
Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
Desert Diamond Casino
DFS (Duty Free Shops)
Dow Jones
DuPont
Duty Free Shops
Eastman Kodak
Encana
FMC Corporation
Fannie Mae
Federal Reserve Bank
Fenner-Dunlop
Frito-Lay
General Electric
Girl Scouts of America
Gillette
Goodyear
Hershey Food
Hewlett-Packard
Honolulu Chamber of Commerce
Household Finance
Howard University
Hyatt Hotels
Intel Corporation
Institute for Internal Auditors
Institute for Management Studies
Janus
J. Crew
Kellogg's Corporation
Kellogg's Foundation
Kennecott
Kraft
Johnson & Johnson
Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
Lear Corporation
Lockheed Martin Corporation
ManageCamp
Mattel
Maytag
Merck
McDonalds
Medtronics
Merrill Lynch
Microsoft
Mobile Oil
Motorola
NASA
Nabisco
National Association of Business & Industrial Saleswomen
National Investor Relations Institute
Pearson Technology
Pepperidge Farm
Pepsi
Pier 1 Imports
Pfizer
PricewaterhouseCoopers
Prologis
Quaker Oats
Quantum
Raytheon
Regent Hotels
SAP
SC Johnson
Sara Lee
Schlage
Scudder Kemper
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Small Business Administration
Sprint
Starwood Hotels
South Dakota State University
TCI
TIAA-CREF
Time, Inc.
Timken
Time Warner
Trane
UCLA Anderson School of Management
U.S. Border Patrol
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Veteran's Administration
U.S. Treasury
USDA
Unilever
United Airlines
United Healthcare
Viacom
University of Colorado
University of Missouri
Verizon
Warburg Pincus
Women's Foodservice Forum
Women's Foundation
Xerox
Young Entrepreneurs Organization
Young President's Organization
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