After 25 years of leading workforce development for education, government and the private sector, Debra Lyons decided to alter direction. Now, she shares her passion and expertise by helping other organizations. Her workforce development accelerated process is designed to build effective strategies for organizations and equip them with the tools they need for success.
Talk to Lyons Workforce today about how we can develop and implement your plan, whether it be building your community strategy, expanding your customer reach, or getting the right training plan and tools in place - let us put you on a solid track to success.
What is our approach? Analyze -> Strategize -> Recommend -> Implement -> Success. Our service includes a comprehensive consult to help identify gaps and opportunities,;a comprehensive report that includes a project plan with benchmarks, timelines and milestones; a cost analysis,;and a schedule. We also offer implementation support to ensure the plan is successfully launched and sustained. That’s how we ensure your goals are achieved.
Being a trusted organization advisor is our goal —that’s why we focus on you. We listen to what your goals are and develop and implement plans to achieve your desired outcomes. Whether you’re seeking to build a community workforce coalition, advance your education and workforce portfolio or build the right recruitment and training plan for your company, call us today. Together we’ll create and refine your plan for success. We didn’t get there alone. And neither will you.
Debra Lyons is the principal consultant with Lyons Consulting, specializing in workforce development strategic planning and implementation. With over 25 years in workforce development, she specializes in strategic planning, working with clients to formulate a blueprint for linking education and workforce development together with a primary focus on alignment to economic development.
She has a deep understanding of the technical skills development as an early STEM pioneer being one of the first women to graduate from Lehigh University with a BS degree in chemical engineering. Her engineering quest emerged from her interest in math and science driven by a childhood dream of working in Mission Control for NASA. While in graduate school, she found a passion for electronic packaging design, completing an MS degree in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Maryland, and then working on defense contracts for a major defense department supplier. Her love of teaching began when she was an undergraduate teaching assistant in the Department of Mechanical Engineering during her graduate studies where she had a chance to develop future engineers.
Debra has leveraged a career of working as a design engineer, an associate engineering professor, and entrepreneur consultant to lead the first workforce development office in Georgia in the administration of Governor Sonny Perdue. It was here she was able to tap into her unique skill set to design and build a state of the art, data driven effort known as Georgia Work Ready – focusing on ensuring Georgia’s emerging, transitioning, and current workforce had the foundational work readiness skills needed for successful employment. In these endeavors, she was able to build successful county, regional and state coalitions to achieve a team approach to workforce development success. She also helped to implement the Governor’s goal of increasing the high school graduation rate from 69% in 2006 to 81% in 2011.
More recently, she has served in various leadership roles at ACT, Inc. including VP of Community and Economic Development. Here she was the chief architect of the company’s community-based, employer driven, workforce development initiative now successful and sustainable in over 26 states. Her signature contribution was serving as the chief architect of the technology platform that provides real time data to communities on their workforce development progress. For over 12 years, she has developed and delivered programs for community leaders that helped them build and sustain data driven workforce development strategies.
She now focuses on helping clients by analyzing their unique workforce and education resources and developing a strategic road map to align workforce development partners to drive economic growth. She also provides leadership development and training for economic developers seeking to implement these strategies.
In her leadership roles she has won numerous awards including the IEDC Silver Shovel Award for Human Capital in 2014. She has also authored numerous papers and articles and is often a speaker at webinars and conferences. She is widely considered a national workforce development expert by her peers.
Debra Lyons resides in Georgia with her husband; they are the parents of four grown children and two grandchildren. When she is not building successful endeavors, she enjoys skiing and traveling.