Spotlight Series: Meet Debraca Russell CEO of Agape Career Counseling Group

1. Tell us about yourself

A Bahamian decent born and raised in Florida, Debraca Russell is the CEO and Principal Writer at Agape Career Counseling Group. Debraca's professional memberships include the NAACP as the Empowerment Center Manager,  NAAHR National Association of African Americans in Human Resources member, and a member of the Resume Writing Academy while being a certified professional Career Coach with PARW/CC.  Debraca is an Achi Award winning, key note speaker and facilitator traveling domestically and internationally, embracing the mentality of “It takes a village to raise a child”.  Living a life of inclusion, diversity and acceptance, Debraca realized her true

after climbing several ladders in corporate America was to be a servant leader.  As a servant leader, Debraca rediscovered her passion for helping people that would lead to a career as a coach that enables her to be  a coaching powerhouse. Debraca specializes in the areas of interviewing and salary negotiations by staying connected in the world of management with peer research. Changes happen daily, so we need to be pliable enough to adapt. 

As a graduate of Tallahassee Community College (Associate of Arts concentration in retail), Florida State University (Bachelors in Science Textile Science and Merchandising concentration in Business Administration) and Saint Leo University (Master of Business Administration concentration in Human Resource) she has coined herself to be a life time student. "You can learn something from everyone, if you JUST listen".

As a career coach, Debraca consistently uses motivational interviewing to coach her clients into careers they never imagined such as recruiting, management, human resources, IT, medical, customer service, sales, and project management.

2. What was your first job and how did you get it?

My first job was at McDonald's as a cashier, I was eating lunch with my mother and mentioned to her that I wanted a job. She said I could go and ask if they were hiring.

3. How did you decide and get to your career today?

I was speaking with my classmate from high school expressing how unhappy I was in my management career and she suggested I start a career in HR. I researched a few schools and got my masters in business administration with a concentration in HR.

4. What advice would you have given your younger self? Or what is the best career advice you have ever received?

Don't waste time not believing in yourself, know that you are meant to change the world with everything you go through. The best career advice was from a man that tried to convince me college was not for everyone- me in other words. I took his words and used them as fuel to finish my associates, my bachelors and then my masters.

5. In 5 years, where do you hope to be professionally and personally

Professionally in five years, my prayer to be interviewed by Ellen DeGeneres, Oprah or Rachel Maddox. Personally, I would like to have completed my PhD and have opened one of my orphanages

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