Meet Deborah B. Swinson
Life Skills Coach, Speaker, and Mentoring Facilitator
Founder and Executive Director, Girl Talk Empowerment 4 Teens
As the founder and Executive Director of the non-profit organization, Girl Talk Empowerment 4 Teens, Deborah is devoted to coaching and educating middle and high school girls of color with the confidence and liberation to lead secure, healthy, safe, responsible, and productive lives.
Deborah mentors teenage girls through the facilitation of monthly life skill workshops that inspires leadership, accountability, and independent living practices for the transition to adulthood.
Deborah holds a BS in Human Resource Management and has 20+ years of experience in financial management, acquisition management; and administrative management. She completed the year-long Russell Palmer Leadership and Development Program. Her most recent accomplishment is the transition into the role of internal control/risk manager.
Deborah is passionate about developing teen girls and especially teen girls of color. For the past 15 years, she has been a ministry volunteer manager in the Prince Georges Correctional Facility. This experience clearly showed her that the work is needed out in the field. She had an epiphany that if teen girls obtain life skills, mentoring, inspiration, and self-esteem, the jail population would exponentially decrease. In 2016, she was awarded a Trailblazers Award in Prison Ministry.
For her personal growth and development, Deborah understands that a leader must be well-rounded with vision, charisma, and the ability to execute. She solely created and launched the Girl Talk Empowerment 4 Teens website; produced and delivered training content, advanced her public speaking experiences and established an internal control program.
Girl Talk Empowerment 4 Teens care about girls. We care about what they think and what they think of themselves and is committed to helping them navigate in a global society.
Deborah is married Earl Swinson, and they share a son, Jamal. Deborah enjoys traveling abroad and spending time with her granddaughter Jaylin and her niece, Jasmine.