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    Speaker Profile - Deborah Westphal

    Deborah Westphal is a passionate humanist who has guided our era’s top minds and leaders to challenge biases, ignite ideas, and build connections and resilience for a secure and sound future. 

    Her career spans more than 30 years, government agencies and Fortune 100 companies, and virtually every continent. In 1999, Alvin Toffler tapped her as one of the founding members of his eponymous consulting firm,  Toffler Associates. From 2007 through 2018, she served as the firm’s CEO and has since contributed her experience and knowledge as a member of the board. 

    Through her work, she has guided notable organizations including Lockheed Martin, Northrop Grumman, Marriott, U.S. Air Force, Baxter International, Bayer, Heinz, Microsoft, Koppers, PPG, DARPA, National Security Agency, Loral Space Systems, NASA, Qwest, Verizon, and Westinghouse.

    Deborah’s empathetic and thought-provoking style helps readers spot patterns that signify future risks and opportunities. She’s a sought-after speaker and writer who provided the Foreword to After Shock. 

    Deborah is a world traveler who enjoys time with her son and running in the mountains. Find her at

    Book Deb Westphal as a speaker, moderator, or panelist about the future of cybersecurity, health care, and space; key economic shifts driving change; and how to create an innovative work culture. 

    Deb Westpal's Expertise:


    Future Economic Shifts Driving Change

    In today’s accelerated pace of change, industry leaders can quickly lose market share to interlopers that are not even on their radar. Deb lays out the framework for enterprise-sized organizations to look over the horizon and create a future-focused organization that is actively looking for disruptions outside the organizations, and creating a workplace that fosters innovative disruptions within.


    Strategic Leadership Advisory

    What’s worse than the wrong decision? No decision. Deb Westphal leads corporate and government leaders through an action plan to identify the “X” factors outside your industry that will present the most risks and opportunities.


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