Debra Samuel


Debra joins Blue Beyond as a consultant, with nearly a decade of experience in management and leadership, human resources, training and development, talent acquisition, and mentorship and coaching. 

Previously, she worked as a management consultant and leadership coach for At Eaze Massage therapeutic services and WHATSUITSHIM boutique multimedia production services. In these roles, she partnered with executives to offer professional development workshops and support in creating cultures with more work-life balance.

Debra is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology and the Association of Black Psychologists.

She is known for her ability to execute with precision and care, her foresight and anticipation of client needs, and her careful, attentive listening.

Debra holds a B.A. in Psychology from Howard University and an M.A. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from The Chicago School of Professional Psychology.

What skills and expertise do you bring to the team?

A Positive Psychology lens — my academic expertise is the use of positive organizational psychology to mitigate and prevent workplace burnout, which is especially critical in today’s workforce, and ultimately improves employee engagement, culture, and job satisfaction.

What do you find most rewarding about your work?

The “lightbulb” moment in discovery. Actualizing the potential of every employee to create an environment where they, and the organization, can flourish.

What makes you proud to work at Blue Beyond?

Blue Beyond humanizes the consulting world and caters to the needs of the client specifically. It’s not a cookie cutter approach. Consulting can feel very transactional, but Blue Beyond leans into creating intentional relationships, and genuinely cares about the future success of the organization. BB is there for you and WITH you. This mentality is both internal with our team, and external with clients.

What is your favorite word?

Inspire, in its Latin form Inspirare, meaning “breathe life into”. This has been a guiding force for my life, and how I interact with others. It is a call to action for me to intentionally and positively contribute to people’s lives.

What do you think makes an effective team?

When each member understands their own significance to the mission, but everyone understands how each role is interconnected in contributing to the greater good of the whole. It’s like music. Each note sounds beautiful by itself, but together, it’s a masterpiece.

What is the most important lesson you've learned in the last year?

Gratitude. Nothing and no one should be taken for granted. I’ve learned to practice unabashed gratitude and intentional joy.

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