Deborah L. Parker
Most Recent Book Title
Hardcore Leadership: 11 Master Lessons from My Airborne Ranger Uncle’s “Final Jump”
Book Description
Military service has long been viewed as the steadied model of leadership. Those who’ve answered that call, yesteryear to current times, from ‘old soldier’ to modern-day warrior, have carried on this institution’s ultimate mission to support and defend freedom.
Then what can we, as leaders, learn from this historical model for dealing with today’s mission challenges, uniquely gleaning lessons from the life of an ‘old soldier’? For the late retired Command Sergeant Major, Vietnam Vet, Ranger Hall of Fame inductee and the Honorable Harris L. Parker, his oldest niece and fellow army veteran Deborah L. Parker approves his timeless message of leadership. Ensuring that he has not faded away, she honors the achievements of her late uncle, lovingly known as Hardcore to his family, with these eleven powerful lessons for those who find themselves in charge in their work, community, or home. Reporting on her uncle’s service to his country and purpose, as well as in leadership positions for their native Virginia county of Sussex, Parker overlays his noted wisdom, courage and vision with practical strategies to start your own leadership campaign.
Weaving in take-aways from her career and personal experiences in leadership development through her company The DPJ Training Group, Parker, also a retired reserve Lieutenant Colonel, has put together a thought-provoking book packed with memorable teaching anecdotes. Inspiring and informative in saluting her uncle’s biographical legacy, she makes the case for us all in Hardcore’s words, to ‘press on.’
Additional Book Titles
For People of Strength, Soul and Spirit: 7 Guidelines for Life & Career Success

Navigating Life’s Roadways: Stories of Insight from My Odyssey and Inspiration for Your Journey

Life is A Review: Observations and Collections of My Passages Through the Times
Location (city/state/country)
Leesburg VA
Author bio
Deborah L. Parker is an author, speaker, army veteran and Chief Inspirer of The DPJ Training Group, a motivational speaking, leadership and personal development company. She believes in using the wits and gifts that God gave her to be of service to others professionally and personally. A person of faith, she was raised by a determined single mother in the home of her wise grandparents, who planted in her the importance of a strong value system. Building on this background along with her experiences as a corporate manager and army reserve officer, Deborah has authored four nonfiction books, spreading her practical and inspiring messages that speak to life’s setbacks and triumphs.
Professional Speaker Topics
• Navigating Workplace Change and Challenge
• Prevention of Sexual Harassment
• The Leadership Landscape: Survey Your Skills
• Diversity: A Dynamic Force for the Future

• Whole, Worthy, and Well – Rise to It!
• Prime Your Pump! Motivated for Tough Times
• Resilience! Making a Comeback
• Your Career: Downsized But Not Out
• Finding Valor and Victory Everyday!
• Value It! You, Your History and Your Culture
Favorite Quote or Personal Motto

Never Count Yourself Out!

  • Deborah L. Parker