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Debbie Gisonni
Debbie Gisonni is an energetic business leader, best selling author, speaker and entrepreneur with a passion for inspiring personal and professional growth, empowering women, and helping businesses succeed. She has embodied the spirit of innovation and reinvention throughout her career with leadership positions in corporate and nonprofit industries such as B2B publishing, high tech, consumer publishing, health and wellness, metaphysics, education and hospitality. She currently serves as CEO for the Professional Business Women of California (PBWC), a nonprofit organization that empowers women at all levels to achieve ambitions and gender equality in the workplace.

Debbie was one of the first and youngest female publishers in high tech as publisher of Network Computing and publishing director of InternetWeek. After a series of family tragedies—one from suicide—Debbie left her corporate job, wrote a book about her ordeal to help others, and launched a new career as a personal growth expert and speaker. She has advised business groups and individuals alike to adopt healthy lifestyle and work habits including meditation.

In 2010, Debbie was asked to lead Stillheart Institute as Executive Director, and later became CEO. She launched the nonprofit educational organization as an overnight spiritual, health and wellness retreat center. After four successful years, she initiated and led the sale of the property and facility and decided to return to her independent consulting business.

Another opportunity and career shift took place in 2016 when Debbie joined the Professional Business Women of California as CEO. The nonprofit organization founded by California Congresswoman Jackie Spieir offers programming, networking, mentoring and conferences for women’s career success. In addition, she continues to stay current on business trends through her business consulting, speaking and writing services.

Debbie’s nonfiction books are The Goddess of Happiness: A Down-to-Earth Guide for Heavenly Balance and Bliss and Vita’s Will: Real Life Lessons about Life, Death & Moving On. Her first novel, Note to Self: Love, was released in 2013 with an accompanying screenplay. She has addressed audiences from corporate executives to women’s groups to teen girls and has written articles and been featured in publications worldwide. As an advocate for healthy living, self-awareness, gender equality, women’s empowerment and LBGTQA rights, Debbie often speaks and writes about these topics. Her blog appears on numerous platforms including the Huffington Post, and she is a regular contributor to “America Weekend with Valerie Smaldone...and Friends.”

Debbie holds a B.S. in Business Administration, certifications in Integrative Health Coaching and Hypnotherapy, and a CA Real Estate License. Originally from The Bronx, New York, Debbie lives in Silicon Valley, California, with her husband and two huskies. Her passions include food, fashion, fitness, funky music, films, dogs, dancing, cooking and anything Italian!

Entries by Debbie Gisonni

Why Women Still Need to Fight for Equal Pay

(0) Comments | Posted March 23, 2016 | 11:20 PM

Over 5,000 businesswomen (and a few brave men) gathered this week in San Francisco for the 27th Annual Conference for Women in Business conducted by Professional Business Women of California (PBWC), a nonprofit organization founded in 1989 by U.S. Congresswoman, Jackie Speier. This year's theme --...

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How E-Commerce Is Turning Passion Into Revenue Generating Side Businesses

(0) Comments | Posted December 10, 2015 | 1:33 PM

According to a 2015 Gallup poll, only 34.1 percent of employees are engaged at work. That means the other 65.9 percent are working for the paycheck, not the passion. We all have a passion--a hobby, a special talent--that one thing we'd still do even if we didn't have...

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How to Have Hope in a World of Hatred & Greed

(0) Comments | Posted December 8, 2015 | 1:00 PM

It's only noon and I've already been happy and sad about at least a dozen things today. On the happy list were my yoga class and a friend's visit. A bad hair day and my dog throwing up made the sad list. In the big scheme of things, these trivial...

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12 Ways to Reduce Stress

(0) Comments | Posted November 20, 2015 | 8:19 AM

As the holidays approach, stress seems to accelerate. Here are twelve ways to stay calm any time of year.

1. Be thankful
There is something to be thankful for in every minute of every day whether it's the warm sun, a phone call from a friend or just...

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Dear Doctor: Stop Keeping Me Waiting -- It's Hurting My Health

(3) Comments | Posted October 20, 2015 | 12:36 AM


Dear Doctor,

No one likes to wait for service, whether it's at the grocery store or the DMV, but sitting in a waiting room is definitely the most counterproductive because unlike the DMV, where I expect to be agitated by...

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Why You Need to Take a Break Sometimes

(0) Comments | Posted June 30, 2015 | 3:16 PM

There are times in life when we operate on autopilot, whether that's doing our job, taking care of our family or just going about our daily routine. Some of us stay on autopilot our entire lives. It's comfortable and predictable. The problem is that it's also incredibly boring and stagnating!

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What to Expect After Surgery: 11 Things the Doctor Doesn't Tell You

(0) Comments | Posted May 5, 2015 | 5:31 PM

After dealing with doctors on behalf of my mother who was chronically ill and disabled for 10 years, one would assume I asked my own doctor all the right questions before having surgery on a deteriorating thumb joint. In the spirit of staying positive, however, I guess I decided to...

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The One Thing I'm Most Thankful For: My Body!

(0) Comments | Posted March 30, 2015 | 11:53 AM

When asked about the one thing I'm most thankful for, at first it's difficult to choose. I'm grateful for so much -- everything from the people in my life like my family and friends, to the small stuff like the colorful flowers I saw on my walk this morning. But...

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Friends Give Your Life Meaning

(0) Comments | Posted March 9, 2015 | 12:37 PM

Do you remember your first best friend? Mine was Diane. We were 11 years old when she moved into my neighborhood with her mother, siblings and new stepfather right after her parents got divorced. We bonded instantly over commonalities such as sweaty hands, curly hair and our growing interest in...

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Is Your Teen Stressed? 12 Ways to Help

(0) Comments | Posted February 13, 2015 | 5:59 PM

Parent and peer pressure have always been heightened during teen years, however, the expectations placed on teens today seem higher than ever. And when those expectations can't be reached, teen stress builds.

Added to the pressure and need to be socially accepted by their peers, teens are expected to...

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Confused About What to Eat? 8 Strategies for Healthy Eating and Weight Loss

(6) Comments | Posted January 29, 2015 | 11:04 AM

It's hard to believe there was ever a time when diet books didn't exist, when home-cooked meals were the norm not the exception, and when people intuitively ate what was good for them. With the plethora of information available today about food, diet and nutrition, we should all be healthier...

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3 Year-End Questions Worth Asking

(1) Comments | Posted December 5, 2014 | 9:25 AM

In between the holiday shopping, cooking and entertaining lies the perfect time for reflecting on the year gone by and setting the tone for the year to come. You can keep it simple by asking yourself these three questions.

What did you learn?

If you've taken a class, sat...

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10 Ways to Show People They Matter and Why It's Important

(3) Comments | Posted November 17, 2014 | 5:12 PM

I recently had the pleasure of being one of the first inductees into the Happiness Hall of Fame, an organization that honors people who are advancing happiness in the world. I was thrilled to be among other inductees from all walks of life such as athletes (Bubba Paris),...

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10 Ways to Dream Big

(0) Comments | Posted September 28, 2014 | 3:33 PM

If Columbus taught us anything, it was to dream big. The 15th Century navigator and explorer endured failure, disappointment and ridicule before the journey that made him famous. Columbus Day is a good reminder to pursue your dreams, no matter what.

Here are 10 ways to dream big:

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Suicide Hurts: Love Heals

(0) Comments | Posted August 14, 2014 | 4:16 PM

When I heard the news about Robin William's apparent suicide, I quickly slipped into a deep sadness. I didn't know him personally, but I felt connected to him. We shared the same birthday (July 21), lived in the same area, and I've loved all of his work. Also, I know...

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Perfection is Overrated. Be Happy Instead

(0) Comments | Posted August 8, 2014 | 5:29 PM

When I was younger, I wanted the perfect nose -- one of those small, indistinctive noses that blends into the background of the model's face on a magazine cover. My Italian genetics, however, gave me another type of nose: a little long, a little bumpy, not terribly unpleasant, but definitely...

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Not All Smoothies Created Equal: 12 Tips for Making a Healthy Smoothie

(0) Comments | Posted July 25, 2014 | 10:14 AM

Growing up in an era where blenders were used for either milkshakes or frozen margaritas (depending on your age and time of day), I didn't feel bad when my twenty year old blender finally conked out on me. After all, milkshakes got me bloated and margaritas got me loaded. I...

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Dez coisas que os cachorros ensinam sobre o que realmente importa

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 5:04 PM

Tenho contato com cachorros desde minha infância e sempre adorei a companhia dos nossos amigos de quatro patas. Quando disse para o meu marido que queria um cachorro, a princípio ele não ficou muito empolgado com a ideia. Eu estava viajando muito a trabalho na época, e ele sabia que...

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Dez coisas que os cachorros ensinam sobre o que realmente importa

(0) Comments | Posted July 22, 2014 | 4:08 PM

Tenho contato com cachorros desde minha infância e sempre adorei a companhia dos nossos amigos de quatro patas. Quando disse para o meu marido que queria um cachorro, a princípio ele não ficou muito empolgado com a ideia. Eu estava viajando muito a trabalho na época, e ele sabia que...

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10 Things Dogs Teach Us About What Matters Most

(40) Comments | Posted July 8, 2014 | 8:13 AM

I've been around dogs since my childhood and have always loved being in the company of our four-legged friends. When I told my husband I wanted a dog, he wasn't too thrilled with the idea at first. I was traveling a lot for work at the time, and he knew...

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