Debra Christmas

Sr. Executive Partner
at Gartner Canada

Debra Christmas is a seasoned leader in the high-tech field with over 40 years of experience managing all aspects of information technology. Prior to joining Gartner Canada, Debra was Vice President of Hewlett-Packard Software Technical Sales leading a team of over 300 technical software sales professionals across North and South America. She has led IT organizations in both the public and private sectors driving change and transformation through engaged, diverse and high performance teams. In partnership with Peak Teams, she has facilitated leadership development workshops around the world.

She is the co-creator of PACE, an award winning presentation and communications course. Her role as an Executive Partner provides her the honour and privilege of working with senior leaders – both technology and business focused – on their strategy, execution of their initiatives, organizational challenges and their own professional development. She is a trained coach, leveraging the Co-Active Coaching Methodology, leveraging certifications in Tilt365 and The Leadership Circle (based on the book “Mastering Leadership”) as 360 executive level assessment. She is the co-author of Please Stay: How Women in Tech Survive and Thrive, founder of Stiletto Gladiators, a not for profit for consultancy on diversity and inclusion and leadership for women in technology and co-founder of Women in Tech Tribe.

Speaking on May 10:

Leadership Now: What They Didn’t Teach You in Business School

Leaders today are dealing with unprecedented circumstances – societal unrest, racial tensions, climate change, sustainability issues and oh yes, a global pandemic. Leaders are expected to motivate and inspire their teams to great performance and business outcomes while working in an environment foreign to all of us. Leading today takes even more special skills than we thought and some of these skills need to be learned. It starts with you. Leaders need to evolve and grow, they need to assess their leadership style and its effectiveness in these times. The expectations are steep, the stakes are high and the margin for error is wide. This session will talk about the current challenges of navigating disruption, bias, racism, diversity, and how to lead with courage and empathy across a multi-generational workforce in new and unique working environments to deliver business outcomes with an accelerated dependency on information and technology.