debbie millsap blue beyond consulting bay area

Debbie Millsap

Strategic Growth Initiatives

As Head of Strategic Growth Initiatives, Debbie leads our off-the-shelf revenue strategy – identifying, developing, researching, and implementing innovative, differentiated offerings to accelerate the company’s long-term growth strategy. 

Debbie has over 25 years of experience in operational leadership and helping companies and teams excel through shared purpose, strategy, and culture. Prior to joining Blue Beyond as a senior consultant, Debbie led communications, change management, and talent development in multiple Fortune 500 global companies and in an Inc. 5000 fastest growing private company. She has also worked in higher education, retail, manufacturing, consumer products, and healthcare. Her career experience includes leading employee change management for several multi-billion-dollar mergers, building communications and learning programs from the ground up to connect employees across the globe, and developing talent programs that align performance, development and rewards/recognition. 

Debbie received a B.A. in Spanish and Business Administration from UCLA and an M.A. in Communications Management from USC, and is a member of IABC. She is most complimented on her ability to take a big-picture view of a particular challenge or opportunity, develop an overarching strategy, gather and synthesize data, then formulate and execute a plan. Debbie enjoys engaging in projects at both the strategic level and at the roll-up-her-sleeves level.

What skills and expertise do you bring to the team?

    • I am able to translate complex ideas into simple, easy-to-understand messages.
    • I am a good listener. I listen for both the explicit content people convey as well as for the implicit or implied messages that aren’t always as clear.
    • I connect the dots. I am able to tie the various aspects of the employee experience together into a cohesive whole.

What do you find most rewarding about your work?

I love that the work I do really does make a significant and meaningful impact on people’s lives. I know that may sound over-the-top, but when you think about how much time employees spend at work, any way that I can help create an environment where people feel connected, empowered and confident, make it easier for employees to get the information they need when they need it, and help employees develop and grow both in mindset and in their unique career journeys… what could be more rewarding than that?

What makes you proud to work at Blue Beyond?

When I talk about why I wanted to join the Blue Beyond team, I always start by describing the people. I am truly awed by the passion and commitment each person on this team has for their clients and for the work that we do. We have amazing thought leaders and incredible expertise here at Blue Beyond that translates into dynamic, professional and impactful results. Equally important, Blue Beyond is a family. The team respects each other, supports each other, and always has one another’s back.

What is your favorite time of the year? Why?

My favorite time of the year is Thanksgiving. We have a group of friends – three other families – that have celebrated Thanksgiving together every single year for 25 years. Our husbands started working together in a management trainee program right out of college and we became friends here in California. Over the course of a couple of years, we all found ourselves transplanted to the Chicago area where the company had its headquarters. Since we couldn’t manage to fly home for both Thanksgiving and Christmas, we began celebrating Thanksgiving together. Nine kids, countless job changes, and multiple moves later, we still get together every year, rotating between California, Illinois and Florida. Our kids think of themselves as family and have already committed to one another to continue the tradition when they have families of their own. They’d better!

Who or what matters most to you?

My family matters more to me than anything else in this world. My husband and I have been married for over 20 years and we’ve raised two amazing kids together. Our kids make me proud every single day, but what I appreciate most is how much they love and respect one another. Don’t get me wrong, they can nag and pick and poke at each other with the best of them, but they also fiercely support and defend each other in the face of any opposition.

What do you think makes an effective team?

Effective teams start from a place of trust – trust that every other person on the team has your best interests at heart and will be there to catch you if you fall. Effective teams require integrity, honesty (even when the message may not be what the other person wants to hear), compassion, collaboration, and a genuine respect for one another.

What's your favorite place?

This may sound cliché, but my favorite place is wherever I am with my family. We love to travel, and we’ve taken at least one major vacation together every year since my oldest was a baby. I absolutely love the experience of discovering and exploring new places together. If I HAD to pick, though, it’s a toss-up between Wailea, Maui and Capri off the coast of Naples, Italy.

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