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.
"Her work is aimed at giving people control over their destiny."
"Benton's advice isn't likely to appear in books on business."
"Benton deals with the reality of the business world."
"What Benton teaches makes difference."
"Debra Benton is a leader."
"Captains of industry have it. So do great generals and successful politicians....Benton advises them."
"She knows the right stuff."
"She polishes top executives."
"Benton shows executive hopefuls how to be corporate captains."
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
Air Products & Chemicals
American Dietetic Association
Association of Chamber of Commerce Executives
Bank of Hawaii
Bar S Foods
Black & Decker
Borgess Medical Center Budget Rentals
Colorado State University
Colorado Women's Foundation
Colorado Women of Influence
Credit Suisse First Boston
Depository Trust & Clearing Corporation
Desert Diamond Casino
DFS (Duty Free Shops)
Duty Free Shops
Federal Reserve Bank
Girl Scouts of America
Honolulu Chamber of Commerce
Institute for Internal Auditors
Institute for Management Studies
Johnson & Johnson
Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce
Lockheed Martin Corporation
National Association of Business & Industrial Saleswomen
National Investor Relations Institute
Pier 1 Imports
Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Small Business Administration
South Dakota State University
UCLA Anderson School of Management
U.S. Border Patrol
U.S. Department of Labor
U.S. Veteran's Administration
University of Colorado
University of Missouri
Women's Foodservice Forum
Young Entrepreneurs Organization
Young President's Organization