It's time to create life changing results...It's time to Thrive Forward.

Hello, I’m Deb Skarda. As a Leadership and Life Coach, I help create happier, more successful and fulfilled lives and careers. Are you ready to take the first steps toward designing your new future?

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It's tough to have the confidence to be at the top of our game, every moment, every day.

Regardless of what you hear from your co-workers, friends or see on social media, there are times when everyone gets stuck in “thinking traps”, becomes overwhelmed with how to get started, is afraid to start the uncomfortable conversation or struggles to make an important decision.

Every day you work hard to make progress, make a difference and get your voice heard.

Yet, you still don’t make to make real, lasting progress. Or, maybe you’re wondering if you’re really working on the right things or there is an easier way to get support from your co-workers, boss and partner.

 Maybe you…

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My Approach

My focus is to guide you in finding clarity and developing actions so that you can thrive, both professionally and personally, because I focus on you as a whole person. We will work together to determine what you want for your future, what is getting in the way of you achieving those goals and determine milestones to help you see your progress towards that new reality. With a combination of my coaching practice and professional experience I will provide confidential, reliable guidance on your journey. I’ve coached individuals seeking support with the following: 

As your coach, I will help you uncover what might be holding you back or sabotaging your success. I guide you to unpack your truth and discover what is really valuable and important for you. Together, we will develop a roadmap with implementation strategies to overcome obstacles. The journey may not always be easy, but the reward will be always be worth it – a more fulfilled and joyous life.

If you are interested in the integrating the four elements (Rumbling with Vulnerability, Living into Our Values, BRAVING Trust, Learning to Rise) of Brené Brown’s book Dare to Lead™ a customized program is also an option.

My Certifications


One of my favorite quotes is “old ways won’t open new doors”. Whether it was while I was working as an RN in a hospital or a senior leader in a corporate environment, I have seen impactful change in people who have had the courage to be intentional and take control of their future. If you’re tired of letting life just happen to you, I am here to help you take charge.

I come from a big, extended family that is fun, hard-working and passionate. My husband is my best friend who, along with our two kids, their spouses and our grandchildren, inspire me to be a life-long learner and to follow my passion for helping others accomplish their goals. 

I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison Certified Professional Coaching program and am International Coaching Federation (ICF) – Professional Certified Coach (PCC) credentialed. I am a Certified Dare to Lead™, Working Genius™, Master the Matrix, and Cross-Functional Influence facilitator, in addition to several other  assessments and tools.

Ready to make profound changes in your life and career?

Schedule a free 45-minute session to explore what might be holding you back or causing you to second guess yourself.

How coaching works

Through coaching you discover your best self. The process will positively impact you – personally and professionally. Different than counseling, coaching is future focused, and based on the belief that you, the client, is creative, capable and competent. I use a variety of coaching techniques that include asking questions, helping you envision your future self, and gaining perspectives to get clarity and establish steps to help you not just move forward, but thrive. 

Are you curious about coaching or want to get to know me better before deciding? Contact me for a free introductory call. At the end of the session we can determine if we’re a good fit, decide on approach and design a coaching package that fits your needs.

Contact Me

Are you curious about coaching or want to get to know me better before deciding? Schedule a free introductory call, or fill out the form below and I will get back to you within the next 24-48 hours.