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Catalyzing Speaker & Holistic Leadership Coach | Champion of Conscious Capital

Nell Derick Debevoise

Nell Derick Debevoise, a catalyzing force in business, is a vibrant, holistic, and practical Speaker, Coach, Facilitator, and Author. She unlocks resources to drive organizational growth by illuminating leaders’ unique energies to contribute. Her practical, efficient, and human-centric approach enhances performance and wellbeing for individuals, teams, and society around them.

A celebrated Speaker and Forbes Senior Contributor, Debevoise’s work is underpinned by research, including her thesis on ethics and identity at work, as well as experience on four continents, across industries and sectors. This multidimensional expertise informs her book, Going First: Finding the Courage to Lead Purposefully and Inspire Action, and its proprietary framework for leaders to recognize and expand their impact. The companion Purpose Party Playbook is an accessible tool for purpose-seeking professionals to apply the framework.

As a PCC-certified Coach and EQUUS Faculty, Debevoise integrates neuroscience, research, data, and horses’ ancient wisdom to provide immersive, transformational learning for executives and teams. She joined PurposeFused to apply purpose as a lens for organizations navigating change.

Deeply committed to a regenerative form of capitalism, Debevoise founded the Purposeful Growth Institute to support purpose-driven leaders. Board roles for B Local Connecticut and the Bernstein Center for Leadership and Ethics at Columbia amplify her advocacy for conscious business.

Debevoise’s impact at Inspiring Capital inspired a community of global leaders to blend business acumen with social impact. It earned her recognition by Social Venture Network, The Venture, PAVE NYC, and Gifted Citizen. Her advisory roles in organizations like Bricks and Mortals NY and Gentle Beast highlight her commitment to interdisciplinary collaboration and conscious business.

Academic roles at NYU, Lycee Chagall in France, and as a co-founder of Tomorrow’s Youth Organization showcase Debevoise’s dedication to lifelong, experiential learning. Her academic journey includes MBAs from Columbia and London Business Schools, a Master’s from Universita di Roma III, an MPhil from the University of Cambridge, and an AB from Harvard College. PCC certification, GCologist accreditation, and Neuroscience for Coaches training augment her expertise.

Embodying authentic leadership, Debevoise is enlivened by guiding leaders and organizations toward meaningful and healthy growth. Her focus is on individual transformation as the path toward fairer, healthier, and more inspiring ways of leading and living.

Activating a new era of purposeful business and purpose-driven leaders.

Leading Expertise:


  • Why the first step to thriving is self-discovery

  • Unlocking potential through purpose-driven leadership

  • The opportunity for workplaces that unlock their people’s purpose

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