About Debra

From a Management Consultant, to University Professor…to The Lurnist.  Doing What I Love…..

Yes!  I was a consultant, a trainer, a university professor.  I loved all of it, but it wasn’t enough.  I couldn’t reach enough people, or do the kind of work that I am passionate about on my terms.  So I started The Lurnist.  Now I put all of my experience and skills to work for entrepreneurs, professionals and small business owners. I help the people that I enjoy working with build their business or brand by teaching them the ins and outs of launching online courses, making their goals achievable.


I try to have as much fun as possible.  You will hear me laugh during webinars, my podcast and trainings – its not that I am not a serious person, I really am when it comes to my business, and yours for that matter – but I love to laughlaughing

Okay, Okay, Who the Heck am I?

  • I have the best husband in the world, and we live a great life of golf, boating and travel with our two dogs, Maddy and Bobo
  • I live in Phoenix, AZ (current location, who knows, that could change!)  
  • I am addicted to podcasts – I listen to them nonstop while working, walking, driving..uhhh when don’t I?
  • I mentor entrepreneurs at Seed Spot and Galvanize – love the Social and Tech Entreprenuers!
  • I love to cook, and you can find me cooking in front of my favorite Netflix binge series every evening – It’s my Zen.

Boring Stuff

  • 20+ years as a management consultant
  • 10 years as a university professor teaching and developing online project management and information technology courses
  • I still teach online courses at Stanford University and the University of Washington
  • MBA from Columbia University – Shout out to New York City!



Maybe its just me, but I loooove♥ to teach.  My husband is always saying that I am a perpetual student.  I take that as a compliment!  You can’t teach unless you are learning.  I learn something new everyday.

Hello Debra, 

I would really like to thank you. It was a great course and I really enjoyed it. Also, for the last 5 months I was struggling to find a job and I finally found a job because of this course (one of the main reasons).
R. K.

Thanks for your willingness to answer questions in and out of class and for genuinely wanting us to understand the material.

E. W.

I was incredibly surprised how much I participated.  I would definitely take a course by Debra again.  You are not only getting an instructor with expertise and experience, but your also getting an instructor who is organized, savvy with tech and a great sense of humor!!  Such an awesome course!

M. G.

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