Deborah Lipman Slobodnik
Co-founder and Principal
Options for Change
Deborah Slobodnik is a senior organizational consultant and coach with over 25 years of experience in developing leaders and building teams. She built her reputation by marrying the fields of organizational development and family systems to produce a practical and powerful approach that aligns culture, teams, and leaders. In 2009, nominated by clients and colleagues, Slobodnik was selected as one of the top 10 Executive Coaches in the Boston area through the Boston Herald and www.womensbiz.com
Her ability to quickly identify the "pain points" and to customize successful interventions that change the behavior of both individuals and teams has made her an invaluable resource to clients in diverse industries such as biotech, healthcare, finance, high tech and professional services.
Additionally, Slobodnik is a master trainer and course developer. Her well reputed workshops, Making Change HappenTM and FasTeams® for Leaders have been praised as "the antidote to the real human issues that undermine all change efforts." As a result, besides her own clients, she mentors other consultants and coaches, guiding them through the muddy waters of change and helping them become more effective in their own role. Slobodnik has also co-authored the FasTeams® web-based toolset so that leaders, coaches, and consultants will have easy access to proven best practices.
A sampling of her clients include: ING, the New York Times, Idexx, Mitre, Thomson Financial, Kronos and U.S. Department of Commerce. Slobodnik is a regular presenter at international conferences including, INC Magazine, Linkage, Project Management Institute, and Pegasus Communications. She also teaches at Babson College and coaches women executives through The Commonwealth Institute. The case study of her work with the MathWorks appeared in Linkage's Best Practices in Leadership Development 2000.
Slobodnik's academic credentials include an advanced degree in organizational development from Antioch College, an undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, training at the National Training Labs and a coaching certificate from the Kantor Family Institute in Cambridge, MA.