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Deborah Fernandez

Deborah Fernandez is president of Raleigh, North Carolina-based Career Champions, a consulting firm that enables corporations and individuals to achieve enhanced performance through career management solutions. 

Deborah is a licensed professional counselor and a board-certified coach. She received a master's degree from North Carolina State University in counselor education and an undergraduate degree in behavioral sciences from Iona College. 

With an extensive background delivering value-based career services to individuals and corporate clients, Deborah has earned a reputation as a results-oriented and supportive partner to organizations going through major changes and has provided career services to companies including IBM, GSK, Nortel and BB&T.
Prior to launching Career Champions, Deborah was the vice president of career consulting for a global career transition and talent management firm. In that position she achieved award-winning results in the areas of company performance, operational objectives and client satisfaction. 
Deborah has traveled throughout the eastern United States providing career transition services to displaced workers. In Raleigh, she was instrumental in organizing a community-based job network and support group, the first of its kind in the area. In 2003, Deborah co-founded the first North Carolina chapter of the Association of Career Professionals International and served as the chapter’s vice president. She is currently a member of the North Carolina Counseling Association, the North Carolina Career Development Association, and the Professional Association of Resume Writers.

After working with a career military client who was transitioning to the civilian workplace, Deborah recognized a way that she and Career Champions could give back to men and women in uniform. Deborah and her associate designed a workshop entitled “Resume Out of Uniform” to address the requirement for veterans to demilitarize the language used on their resumes.

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