Director, External Engagement
As Director of External Engagement, Debbie Dellinger supports clients in identifying, preparing for, and connecting to a variety of purposeful and fulfilling opportunities. In addition to working 1:1 with hundreds of executives, she leads a team of transition specialists, researchers, and senior writers in offering not-for-profit and board strategy, networking practices, and rebranding materials that position cumulative career success to achieve new goals. Attentive and thorough, she consistently draws from more than thirty years of not-for-profit and corporate expertise to create innovative additions to MYNEXTSEASON’s suite of services and meet each client where they are.
Previously, Debbie served as the Lay Leader of Education and Life Skills at the nation’s largest United Methodist Church, where she also managed a volunteer program that impacted 2,200 children in the Kansas City Metro area. She currently serves on the church’s Resurrection Foundation Board and is an advisor to its “Crossroads” retirement offering. In addition, Debbie spent five years as Board Chair of The Hope Center, a not-for-profit dedicated to developing healthy communities in Kansas City. Before transitioning to her career serving not-for-profits, Debbie led a software development center for GE Consulting and supported federal benchmarks for Honeywell Information Systems.
Debbie is the author of “A Lens into Executive Retirement from the Spouse/Partner Perspective” and a contributing author to “Living into Your Next Season: Moving Forward After the Crisis of 2020.” She received a BA in creative writing, journalism, and psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University. She and her husband, Bob, have four adult children, Rob, Doug, Megan and Patrick.