Debbie is Group CEO of Jack Hammer, a global group of executive search, talent advisory and leadership coaching companies. These include: Jack Hammer USA (which focuses on disruptive and emerging industries), Jack Hammer Africa (Africa’s largest executive search boutique), Virtual Coaching Partners (an online leadership coaching platform) and OntheBLOCK (talent consulting for blockchain companies).
For the last 20 years, Debbie has been helping boards and CEO’s to diversify their leadership teams. She also coaches founder-CEOs to accelerate their leadership skills as their companies scale and grow.
Some of her recent initiatives include advisory support to Rebel Girls (a global multi-platform girl-driven edutainment company), a diversity study with contributors from Harvard Business School, and hiring support for high growth companies in emerging industries including blockchain, alternative healthcare, and climate-tech.
She describes herself as a reluctant writer, who procrastinates horribly! Her first book (on team culture), “IntheFlow – Taking Mindfulness to Work”, was listed in the ‘Top 10 Best’ business books. Her next one, “The Living Room Leader: Leadership Lessons for a Hybrid Future”, will be published in 2021. Just a couple more chapters to write…
Debbie is a serial entrepreneur, with a somewhat unconventional background: In her ‘first’ career, she was an award-winning contemporary dancer and choreographer…whilst completing her law degree!