Debra Thompson is President of Strategy Solutions. In this position, she provides strategic planning facilitation, training and planning, and research project management services to organizations and communities. Debra is an adjunct faculty member at Duquesne University where she teaches Organizational Development, Program Development/Evaluation, Leading Organizational Change and Community Leadership in the Master of Organizational Leadership program. She was also an adjunct professor at Gannon University for 10 years where she taught Strategic Planning, Research Methods and Program Development. She is a certified trainer, consultant and peer reviewer for both the PA and National Standards for Excellence in Nonprofit Ethics and Accountability.®
Prior to this position, she served as Director of Planning for Hamot Health Foundation and Corry Regional Health Systems where she was responsible for strategic planning, market research, marketing information systems, as well as affiliate and community planning support. Throughout her tenure at Hamot, Debra had the opportunity to work with Health Care Outlook, a consortium operated by Dr. Robert Blendon, Director of the Harvard School of Public Health; Humphrey Taylor, Chairman of Lou Harris & Associates; and Ian Morrison, President of the Institute for the Future. From this and other strategic planning experiences, Debra created a unique approach to data collection, analysis and facilitation that is successful for individual organizations, systems and communities. Her project work and clients have been recognized as best practice by the International Economic Development Council, the International Association of Facilitators, the PA and MD Workforce Development Associations, Council on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities (CARF), US News and World Report, US Department of Health and Human Services, Ohio Department of Health and by the Pennsylvania Departments of Health, Welfare and Education.
A graduate of Villa Maria College with a B.S. in Marketing, Deb received her Master of Business Administration from Gannon University. She has also completed advanced training in Strategic Planning, Quantitative and Qualitative Market Research, Total Quality Management and Leadership Development, Systems Thinking & Facilitation (through affiliates of MIT) and is a 1993 graduate of Leadership Erie. She was a member of the 2003 inaugural class of the Coro Center for Civic Leadership “Women in Leadership” program in Pittsburgh, and is also a Coro Certified Trainer.