Laurel and Associates, Ltd.

International Experience

Deborah began her international work in 1998, when she conducted two 5-day train the trainer classes for small business consulting centers established in Osijek and Dubrovnik, Croatia, through the Open Society Institute.

This initiated additional work in Croatia. From 1998-2002, Deborah consulted with J.J. Strossmeyer University in Osijek, Croatia to design the first Eastern European participant-based Masters Degree program in Entrepreneurship. This included the design and delivery of a train-the- trainer program for professors, the audit of training programs, and the provision of one-on- one coaching/consulting assistance to the professors in order to improve their course design and/or classroom presentation skills. This program has resulted in the creation of more than 30 new businesses in Croatia.

From 2011 to 2013, Deborah was under contract with the United Nations Industrial Development Organization to work with international experts to design the curriculum, PowerPoint slides and facilitator guides for a one-day Fan System Optimization (FSO) End User Training, a half- day Fan System Equipment Vendor Training, a two-day FSO End User Training, and a six-day FSO Expert Training program. She was also involved in writing mission reports and revising the materials as necessary for delivery in South Africa, Malaysia and Russia.

In addition, in 2011, Deborah began work with the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). As part of the Strengthening Health Outcomes through the Private Sector (SHOPS) Project, Deborah designed the 4-module Managing a Healthy Business, the two- day Financing a Healthy Business, and the 3-day program: Basics of Business Counseling, which she delivered and then trained trainers in Lagos, Nigeria in 2012.

In 2012, she also conducted 4- and 5-day sessions of Designing and Delivering Dynamic Learning for USAID in Nigeria and in Jordan. While in Jordan, she designed a 6-day Social Marketing training program for the USAID Public Action for Water project.

In 2013, Deborah conducted three different train-the-trainer programs for the Jordan Civil Society Program in Amman, Jordan: Designing and Delivering Attitude-Changing Learning, Auditing for Quality Training Decisions, and How to Avoid Learner Overload.

She also designed a one-day program on Business Basics for PSI Franchisees, a 10- day business management training series for Small Private Teaching Institutions in Zambia, which she piloted in Lusaka, Zambia, and a 22-day Business Management for Medical Practices in Africa, which she piloted in Nairobi, Kenya.

In 2014, Deborah returned to Nairobi to conduct a 5-day train the trainer program to prepare local trainers to deliver the 22-day Business Management for Medical Practices program.

In 2015, she facilitated Interest Based Negotiation Skills and Designing and Delivering Dynamic Learning programs for Mercy Corps in Jordan and a Technical Trainers’ Toolbox program for the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

She returned to ICBA later that year to conduct a second Technical Trainers’ Toolbox program as well as two advanced training programs: How to Design an Accelerated Learning Program and How to Avoid Learner Overload.