Deborah Laurel

Deborah Spring Laurel has been a trainer and a consultant in the areas of workplace learning and performance improvement for over thirty years. She has over twenty-five years of experience as the President of Laurel and Associates, Ltd., a certified woman-owned small business that specializes in enhancing interpersonal dynamics within organizations.


Deborah taught management and supervisory topics for the Executive Management Institute and the Small Business Development Center in the School of Business at the University of Wisconsin- Madison for over twenty-five years. She has her Masters Degree from the University of Wisconsin- Madison.


Since studying with Dr. Madeline Hunter of UCLA to become proficient in the Mastery Teaching Model, Deborah has provided train-the-trainer seminars and certification programs on a national basis for over twenty years and on an international basis since 1998.


From 1998-2002, she consulted with J.J. Strossmeyer University in Osijek, Croatia to design the first Eastern European participant-based Masters Degree program in Entrepreneurship. In 2012, she conducted Designing and Delivering Dynamic Learning for the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) in Nigeria and in Jordan. In 2013, she facilitated Designing and Delivering Attitude-Changing Learning, Auditing for Quality Training Decisions, and How to Avoid Learner Overload for the Jordan Civil Society Program.


In 2014, she designed a 22-day Business Management for Private Medical Practices and a 10-day Business Management for Health for Small Private Teaching Institutions for USAID, which she piloted in Zambia and in Kenya. 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 in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.


Deborah is published in the 2004- 2013 Pfeiffer Annuals. She authored two Info-Lines: "Conducting a Classroom Learning Audit" (July 2007) and "Jump-Start Your Learning Objectives" (April 2008).  She is a contributing author for The Leadership Challenge Activities Book and 101 More Ways to Make Training Active. Deborah publishes a free weekly e-zine: Laurel Learning Tips. Over 800 Tips can be found at:

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