Women in Leadership Advocate: Debbie Collard

We would like to recognize and introduce Debbie Collard as a partner and advocate for business transformation and leadership development. She is the founder and owner of Debbie Collard Executive Coaching and co-founder of Seasons Leadership Development Program dedicated to empowering women in leadership. Her professional coaching practice is focused on helping business executives and other leaders see their strengths, define areas for improvement, and set a clear structure to achieve success and perform at a world-class level. She is dedicated to helping others find their own voice, tap into their strength, and be their best authentic self.

Leadership and performance have been a focus throughout Debbie’s career. In 30 years with the Boeing Company, she served as an executive in multiple divisions encompassing business excellence, quality improvement, strategy integration, program management, and business operations. From leading organizational performance improvements for multiple Boeing Space and Defense divisions, to implementing business operations efforts in Boeing Commercial Airplanes and Shared Services organizations, to leading program management integration and improvement efforts across the Boeing Company, she has worked with a wide range of executives to develop strategies, reach milestones, and celebrate achievements.

Debbie’s work has resulted in several quality awards for the organization, including the prestigious Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award – the Nation’s highest honor for performance excellence – once in service and once in manufacturing.

Debbie has served on the National Baldrige Foundation Board of Directors for 15 years and held multiple positions, including the first female Chair of the Board in the Foundation’s 30 years of existence. She also served on the Board of Directors for the California Council for Excellence, including as Chair of the Board.

"While an approach you want to follow may be applicable across different types of cultures, the way you insert that approach into those cultures is vastly different because you really need to get a handle on what culture you are dealing with. Instead of just telling people, 'The boss said we're going to do this so go do it,' you go in and ask questions."

Interview of Debbie Collard, Co-founder of Seasons Lead