Debora McLaughlin

The Team at JFCA

Debora J. McLaughlin, PCC, CCC, CEC, CMC

  • Diverse 25 years business experience - 12 years as a Fortune 500 Executive Coach
  • Professional Certified Coach (PCC), International Coach Federation. Meets all requirements for ICF Master Certified Coach (MCC)
  • Certified Mentor Coach, Graduate of the ICF accredited Mentor Coach Program
  • Certified Executive and Career Coach, Career Coach Institute
  • Experienced corporate manager and business development leader
  • Licensed Cognitive Behavior Psychotherapist – Two Masters Degrees in Psychology
  • Member, International Coach Federation, APA, and ICF New England
  • 2013 Recognized as “Woman of the Year” by NAPW
  • Awarded Best of Business Award
  • Three time recognition as Best in Executive Coaching

Debora McLaughlin is an executive coach with over 12 years of experience helping leaders and organizations attain maximum effectiveness.  An ICF recognized Certified Executive and Business Coach, Debora empowers CEOs, managers, and leadership teams worldwide to ignite organizational performance and positively impact business results.

Her background includes working with Fortune 500 companies, improving influence and leadership effectiveness for CEOs, executive leaders, senior management and executive directors of privately companies to publicly traded multi-billion dollar publicly organizations and national nonprofit organizations. 

Debora’s  unique combination of over 25 years’ experience in sales, consulting, public relations, coaching, psychology, and neuroscience  with certifications in multicultural diversity, executive coaching and business coaching  allows her clients to achieve unprecedented results. 

A driven leader in her own field she helps CEO's, entrepreneurs, and managers engage their teams, move their strategies forward, and unleash the potential in themselves and their organizations. Her corporate experience includes that as National Account Manager with Sprint Corporation in telecommunications. Recognized as top sales performer in New York City her clients included the world’s largest commercial banks and industry leaders on Wall Street.

McLaughlin is recognized one of 14 Powerhouse Professionals along with Stephen R. Covey and Ken Blanchard in the book, Blueprint for Success, Proven Strategies for Success and Survival.  She is featured as one of Corporate America’s ten most requested speakers and trainers in Straight Talk for Getting Results and was awarded a certificate of recognition in 2008, 2009 and 2011 for best practices in Executive Coaching and the Best of Business Award in 2012. In 2013 she was recognized by the National Association of Women Professionals as “Women of the Year” and previously served as President of the local Business Professional Women’s organization.

Debora is best-selling author of The Renegade Leader, 9 Success Strategies Driven Leaders Use to Ignite People, Performance & Profits and the 2014 publication of Running in High Heels: Success Strategies Women Leaders Use to Lead the Way.  Her penetrating conversations are found in the media such as Leadership Excellence magazine, Yahoo Finance, CBS Money Watch, Boston Herald, and Sirius Radio. She is a frequent guest panelist on international tele-summits. 

Partial Client List:

Bankers Trust, Chase Manhattan, CitiGroup, State Street Bank, Federal Reserve, Homeland Security, Easter Seals, Southern NH Medical Center, Shriners, EG&G, Arthur D. Little, Bain Consulting, Hartford Insurance, GNHR, Krupp Companies. 


“I highly recommend Debora as a leadership coach for anyone that is trying to attain a new level of performance and success”

“Debora McLaughlin has been my coach and mentor since November 2005, during a critical period in my company’s growth. She has been an outstanding source of inspiration and has helped me to improve my leadership and business planning skills to meeting all challenges.

Her business expertise coupled with her background in psychology are a perfect blend to be able to coach her clients through many different types of issues. She has worked extensively with several of our employees to help them grow into leadership roles. I highly recommend Debora as a leadership coach for anyone that is trying to attain a new level of performance and success in a challenging environment.”

— June Jewell, CEO, Acumen Advisors

“Thank you for fulfilling a career long dream of mine of bringing our company closer together and accomplishing more than they ever thought possible. You worked your tail off…so THANK YOU!”

— Tom Boucher, CEO, Great NH Restaurants

“As a top media company we offer a vast array of video production, content development and branding services for our national clients. As we work with organizations of all sizes we also needed to take the time to organize our offerings so that clients could easily identify what was right for them. Within one month of working with Debora as our business coach we organized our services and closed an additional 43k of business.”

— Michelle Lange, CEO,

Other highlighted successes:

Debora’s clients distinguish themselves in leadership and in business results.

60 million dollar non profit: Debora worked with their top senior leadership and CEO over 3 years, providing leadership development, strategic planning and succession planning. In that time, the 3 divisions she worked with became the top performing entities within the organization.  She also helped them reduce turn over in leaders and volunteers.

35 million dollar privately held restaurant chain: Debora coached the CEO, conduct quarterly retreats with executive team, and provided leadership development and team building for 60 managers and their teams.  She identified high potential leaders and worked with the organization to craft their culture.  The results included growth at 6x national average for their industry, recruitment of over 100 people, new store openings and increased cash reserves.  The company also experienced minimized turnover in staff and was recognized as Business of the Year.

CEO distinction coaching: Debora worked with the CEO of a national IT/business consulting and accounting firm, Acumen Advisors, providing technology and process solutions. She helped the company grow across the country, achieve top re-seller status, helped CEO write and gain best seller status with a new book.  She has also helped the company develop passive revenue streams so they can sell the company and retire with fluid cash flow.


Masters of Arts, Rivier University, Nashua NH
Certification in Multicultural Counseling, Rivier University, Nashua NH
Masters of Arts, Clinical Psychology, Hunter College, NYC
Board Certified Counselor, APA, LCMC

Instrument Certifications:

CQ: Change Intelligence – (“ask us about this breakthrough assessment” – JF)
Myers Briggs
CPI California Psychological Index
Strong Interest Inventory
Thomas Kilmann Conflict Mode (TKI)
Firo-B Fundamental Interpretations Orientation for Individuals, Teams and Organizations

Other certification trainings:

The Great WorkPlace, Great Workplace Institute
The Leadership Challenge
Team Performance
Bridging the Leadership Divide

Debora enjoys her quiet time with friends and family at her Lake House. She lives in southern NH in the Greater Boston area and resides with her husband, two adult sons and two golden retrievers.