About Dr. Debra Condren

Debra Condren, Ph.D., interviewed 500 women for her book, Ambition Is Not A Dirty Word: A Woman's Guide To Earning Her Worth and Achieving Her Dreams (Random House/Broadway Books). Dr. Condren is a business psychologist, motivational speaker, executive coach and career adviser. She founded the Women's Business Alliance, an organization that has served as a motivational think tank for 3,000 women over thirteen years. The U.S. Small Business Administration recognized her work with a "Women In Business Advocate of the Year.”  She is currently interviewing women for her new book, Ambition Is The Best Revenge: For Women Like Us Who've Been There and Back.

Dr. Condren served as an advisory member to an American Psychological Association’s presidential task force on empowering adolescent girls and also served as president of the board of directors of The Just Think Foundation, an organization in the San Francisco Bay Area promoting media literacy in the schools and advocating for positive images of girls and women in the media.

Over fifteen years, Dr. Condren has coached over 2,500 clients—men and women—including: executives of start-ups, small-, mid-, and large-cap companies; professionals focused on performance and career development; small business owners and consultants; budding entrepreneurs; and college-bound students and recent graduates. Her partial client list includes executive coaching, organizational and leadership development work, pre-hiring testing and assessment, derailment turnaround, and succession planning coaching with individuals and groups from the following companies or organizations: Google, Roche/Genentech, Siemens, Chevron, Sprint, Medtronic, Stanford University, 3M, American Red Cross, YWCA, Whole Child Initiative (a Dr. Jane Goodall and Marion Wright Edelman project), Immigration and Naturalization Service, City of San Jose, Federal Reserve Bank, Children’s Hospital and Research Center, T. Rowe Price Associates, Pacific Bell, Hewlett-Packard, Coldwell Banker, Incyte Genomics, and many others.

Dr. Condren’s recent speaking engagements have included: New York Women’s Agenda, New York University; Columbia University’s Women in Business, multiple years (Columbia’s annual M.B.A. conference for women students and alums); Boardroom Bound and Women’s Initiative Pipeline Diversity Training, Harvard Club New York City; Fordham University M.B.A. program, guest instructor; Women’s Campaign Fund, Parties of Your Choice, honored guest speaker, multiple years; Women Who Launch; Barnard College, kickoff for their annual women’s speaking series; over 300 Women’s Business Alliance events; numerous keynotes and motivational presentations for private and publicly-traded companies; and many more.

In addition to speaking and teaching, Dr. Condren has been a weekly career columnist for MetroUS, New York and Boston print editions. She has been a career advice columnist for DamselsInSuccess.com and WorkItMom.com, and a regular contributor to The Huffington Post. Her advice has been featured in major media outlets including The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, BusinessWeek, ABC’s Nightline, CNN, Fox Television National News, Fox Business, Oprah and Friends Radio with Jean Chatzkey, NPR's Morning Edition, and numerous national radio appearances.


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