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    Deirdre L. Simmons

    Career Readiness, Communication, Diversity and Inclusion, Emotional Intelligence, HR, Leadership, Teamwork, Conflict Management

    Stamford, CT; White Plains, NY; New York, NY


    Deirdre Simmons, an encouraging motivating coach, has over 15 years of human resources, operations, and leadership knowledge and skill.  Her mantra is “getting you where you need to be” for organizations and individuals. She accomplishes this through strategic alignment of human resources to the operational goals of an organization, motivational speaking, learning and development sessions and certainly coaching.

    Coaching senior leaders, mid-level managers and employees provides her the opportunity to impact people and organizations in a real meaningful way, helps shift personal trajectories and positively affect balance sheets.  As a learning and development specialist and guest speaker, she has stood before audiences of 10 to 350 people. She is currently an adjunct professor at UCONN using various pedagogical methods to achieve course objectives.

    As a PHR, SHRM-CP certified professional, she elevates the profession of HR because of her understanding of capacity building, ability to lead people to their best selves and competencies in multiple areas of HR tactical and strategic initiatives. Deirdre’s desire to help others succeed in their professions and their passions are what set her apart.

    Leadership and HR areas of expertise include: gap analysis, creating and maintaining a learning environment (training and development), employee relations, performance management, ethics and leadership, engagement, HR law/compliance & financial, people and operational risk management.

    Deirdre has a BA in Organizational Communication with minors in Management and Supervision from Purdue University and a Master of Science in Human Resource Management from the UCONN School of Business. Prior work experience includes $1.5 million to 200 billion organizations, such as Pepsi-Cola, Ford Motor Company, Dress for Success Worldwide, Bovis Lend Lease, NFP Insurance Brokerage & Consulting and Department of Homeland Security as well as smaller not-for-profits. Her trajectory has created enviable depth and breadth of experience.

    This native of Little Rock, AR now resides with her husband in Danbury, CT; they are involved in multiple business ventures and ministry endeavors.


    “I met Deirdre while volunteering at Streetwise Partners. She was the keynote speaker at their awards ceremony. After hearing her speak for 5 minutes I was immediately impressed by her passion for what she did and her natural ability to motivate others. This was further proven when I reached out to her recently for professional consulting. Her quick response, knowledge of her field and excellent listening skills make her a stellar hr professional!”

    — ADEOLA SAUL, HADASSAH

    “Deirdre is one of the best HR people I have EVER wo