I'm Nell. I partner with purpose-driven leaders who want to help their teams perform better by connecting their work to its impact in the world. 


What I Do

I speak and lead workshops at conferences, top universities, and private events to turn people on to the potential of integrating profit and purpose in their work and their lives. I'm a contributor at Forbes, where I write about the many ways that purpose-driven leaders solve social and environmental problems in their roles across sectors, industries, and functions. As humans, we are most creative, productive, and healthy when we understand the impact our work is having in the world. I will help you and your organization connect the dots, to perform at your best.

Nell tells it like it is, eloquently and diplomatically. She inspires and motivates collectively.
— Samira Salman, Salman Solutions

Nell Derick Debevoise stands out from other experts on ‘purpose’ and ‘meaning,’ thanks to her action-oriented approach to driving impact from any sector of the economy, across the Spectrum of Impact, and in any of the Spheres of Impact in our work and life. This approach is based on Nell's experience and training in diverse fields and settings on four continents.

Nell inspires leaders and their organizations to contribute to social and environmental change by connecting their unique talents and interests with their communities’ needs. Those connections lead to engagement and inspiration, which drive success, prosperity, and satisfaction. Nell’s candid approach is refreshingly use-able for busy people and organizations.

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Nell Derick Debevoise (far left)

Nell Derick Debevoise (far left)


Keynote & Workshop Topics

Nell is an energetic speaker with unexpected and actionable insights that play well with a wide range of motivated professionals. She is effective on a stage in front of thousands, as well as a small interactive session of senior leaders. Nell will customize the session for your specific audience and logistical needs.

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