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Deborah A. Hill, MSSA, LISW

She is an author, advocate, church elder, former elected official (City Councilwoman) who happens to be an amazing, dynamic, and passionate, motivational/inspirational speaker.  Her speaking style is powerful, bold, and animated.  She easily connects with her audience by tapping into their own seeds of greatness buried deep inside of them.

Her presentations demonstrate that you can overcome adversities, obstacles, and challenges in your life by knowing your purpose, authentic self, and by navigating from where you are to where you want to go.  There are always hope and rainbows in your future.

She has spoken at retreats, conferences, churches, workshops, and seminars on issues that affect the lives of all humanity.  Her inspirational and encouraging messages have transformed the lives of many.


Born in Birmingham, Alabama, she is a proud graduate of a Historical Black College (HBCU), Knoxville College.  She went on to earn her Master's Degree in Social Science Administration from Case Western Reserve University, Mandel School of Applied Social Science.  She is an Executive Fellow from Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.  She is retired with over (30) years of expertise in Child Welfare.  She is a Board Certified Licensed Independent Social Worker by the State of Ohio.

Deborah is a woman of great faith.  And, it is that faith that has taken her on her journey as an elected official of City Council, to visit The Halls of the United States Congress, and onto The White House in a reception with the First African American President, Barack Obama.  She is the First Seventh-Day Adventist in The State of Ohio to be elected two terms to City Council-serving one year as Council President.  She always saw herself as a public servant of The People.  She served her community with honor and distinction.  Her public policies enhanced the quality of life for her residents.  She is an eloquent speaker who has the ability to speak to diverse audiences on issues that we all struggle with regardless of age, gender, or socio-economics.  Her fields of expertise include conflict resolution and social services.

She has served on many board.  She currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Washington Adventist University in Tacoma Park, Maryland.  She serves on the Advisory Board of South Point Hospital (A Cleveland Clinic hospital) and the Cuyahoga Board of Senior and Adult Services representing District 9 in Cleveland, Ohio.  She served on The Columbia Union Conference Executive Association Board of Seventh-Day Adventist for two terms, as well as The Columbia Union Conference Association Board.  She is featured in several editions of Who's Who in Black Cleveland.  She is an active member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Incorporated and a charter member of The National Coalition of 100 Black Women- Greater Cleveland Chapter.  She was a member of The National League of Cities Board of Trustees in Washington, D.C., served on The Board of The National Black Caucus of Local Elected Officials, and on The Board of Women in Municipal Government (WIMG).  Deborah is the recipient of many honors and awards.

Her book, "The Power of Encouragement" is for baby boomers, generation X's and millennials.  It is a must-read meant to inspire, uplift, and encourage anyone who is willing to step into his/her destiny.

She is proud to share her experiences on leadership, as well as her time spent as a student activist during the decade of The Civil Rights Movement demonstrating for justice and equality.  She knows that she stood on the right side of history.  Her mantra is, "If I can help somebody as I pass along, then my living will not be in vain."  A resident of Ohio, Hill enjoys spending precious time with her family along with writing, reading, and playing the piano.

Keynote Speaker topics include:  Inspiration and motivation, Self Esteem, Leadership, Diversity, Building Self Confidence, and more.  Questions about bookings:  Send email to






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