Novateur Partners Welcomes Kelly Bergeron

We are pleased to announce that Kelly Bergeron has joined Novateur Partners as a Senior Executive Coach.

In addition to her coaching expertise, Kelly brings a rich work history including years of leadership as a Chief Human Resources Officer and as member of the U.S. Marine Corps.  Kelly is DiSC certified and particularly enjoys working with director level leaders preparing for the next step or seeking to maximize the effectiveness of their teams.

Click to read more about Kelly’s background and experience, and she can be reached at and 404-667-9306.

Sheedy and Stone Speaking about Gender Bias

Dan Sheedy and Debby Stone will be speaking to a group of attorneys in Pittsburgh on November 8th about Gender Bias.  Their presentation, specifically focused on understanding gender bias within the context of the practice of law, will also look at ways women and men can help combat the effects of bias in the workplace.

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Stone to Speak at ProWIN Luncheon Nov 14th

We live in a coffee-driven world. We push ourselves, we strive, and we are addicted to adrenaline. Yet, we crave more ease and peace.  At ProWIN’s November luncheon, past ProWIN President, Debby Stone, will present how you can harness the power of TEA – Time, Energy and Attention – to consciously direct the impact you have, the relationships you create and the results you achieve more organically and naturally.  To learn more about ProWIN or register for the event, please click the photo below.

Stone to Speak at MIHCA Conference Nov 2nd

Debby Stone will be presenting at the Minority In-House Counsel Association’s National 2018 Conference on November 2 in Atlanta. MIHCA is an association of attorneys dedicated to the professional development and career advancement of minorities who are or aspire to be in-house counsel. Debby will be presenting a workshop entitled, Leverage Your Story to Build Your Brand and Accelerate Your Career.  She will also be signing of her book, The Art of Self-Promotion: Tell Your Story, Transform Your Career. To learn more about this presentation and MIHCA’s conference, visit

Stone joins Sanford Alumni Council at Duke

Debby Stone and 23 other alumni met at Duke University in September for the inaugural meeting of the Sanford School Alumni Council. This team representing Sanford’s 7,500+ undergraduate and graduate alumni has volunteered to guide the creation of the alumni engagement programs, including networking and mentoring opportunities as well as new continuing education.  Debby was selected for the council earlier this summer.

Lessons Learned by Slowing Down

Submitted by Debby Stone.

I recently had surgery to repair a torn ligament in my right hand.  And for those of you who are wondering, yes, I am right handed!  After surgery, I went home in a heavy, large bandage that served much like a cast.  While bandaged, I had virtually no use of my hand at all.

Fortunately, I was liberated from that bondage (I mean bandage) after two weeks and now have a splint which gives me partial use of my right hand.  At least now I can wiggle my four fingers!

I will wear the splint for another couple of weeks, and during my recovery I have learned a number of things.  First, I have learned that there is a reason for the opposable thumb.  Without it, so many things are impossible.  The ability to grip really does set us apart from other species!

More importantly, I have learned the value of slowing down.  Normally, I move through life very quickly and slowing down seemed like a foreign concept to me.  However, as I recover from this surgery, I have been forced to move through life more slowly, deliberately and consciously.  It takes conscious thought to do anything and everything with my non-dominant hand, and it simply takes longer to do it.

Interestingly, my surgery coincided with adoption of meditation as a daily practice.  Meditation helps focus the mind and bring conscious awareness to each moment.  And let me tell you, currently, everything from feeding myself, to brushing my teeth, to typing requires me to deliberately, consciously  and carefully take the needed action.  There is no such thing as going through the motions of something without that extra bit of concentration and awareness.

Through my forced slow down post-surgery, I have been given a great gift.  I have learned that sometimes slower is better.  Much like the budding slow food movement, there is a great deal to be said for moving through life with more conscious awareness and for taking more deliberate action, even if that action takes more time.  The slower pace allows for space and in that extra space, I have thought more, reawakened my creative mind and gotten it through my head that it is okay if every email is not answered instantaneously.  When we slow down, the world does not end, it simply slows down with us.

I certainly don’t recommend hand surgery as a way to try slowing down but I do recommend meditation for anyone who has not yet tried it out.  And, as a coach, all of this makes me curious…

What could you learn by slowing down?

Stone to speak at WIELEAD Summit

Debby Stone has been invited to speak at the Global Women in STEM Leadership Summit here in Atlanta in March.  This one-of-a-kind 2-day summit (March 19-20) is dedicated to giving women in STEM access to powerful tools, strategies and connections to advance their careers and their lives.  Three hundred entrepreneurs, academics, and business women in technological and scientific fields from around the globe will participate.

To register, or get more information, including an exciting video, please click the link.

Greg Riggs invited to facilitate ALM Legalweek workshop

Greg Riggs recently conducted an “In-House Leadership Bootcamp” for ALM in New York City in connection with its extensive Legalweek conference.  The interactive workshop covered the key skills that make or break an in-house lawyer’s ability to effect change in complex organizations.  Greg helps lawyers examine the way they interact with and influence others to help uncover unconscious behaviors that interfere with the intended message.

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Debby Stone Inspires in VoyageATL

D Stone HeadshotDebby Stone was featured as one of “ATL’s Most Inspiring Stories” on  In the article, Debby tells the story of how she founded Novateur Partners and its evolution into the executive coaching and leadership development firm it is today.  She also describes some of the obstacles she has faced along the way. The article includes her unique values-driven approach to defining success.  To read the article, please click this link.

2017 eLit Awards Medalist

eLit Awards LogoThe Art of Self-Promotion: Tell Your Story, Transform Your Career was an eLit Book Awards 2017 Bronze Medal Recipient in the category of Business/Career/Sales.  The eLit Awards is a global awards program committed to illuminating and honoring the very best of English language digital publishing.

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