Inspiring coach, speaker and author

33Deborah Bateman epitomizes achievement, determination and kindness, professionally and personally. Her banking career has seen her rise from teller to executive while never losing the grounded perspective and touch that makes her a valued friend and coach. Committed to developing individuals around her and helping them reach personal and professional goals, Deborah speaks from the heart when relating her own life experiences to those who value her counsel.

“What I say to those I coach is to really dig deep and find out who you are,” Bateman says. “Not who your mom wanted you to be, not who your dad wanted you to be, not who your friends think you should be. But really and truly who you are. To have that target design of knowing ourselves and our purpose is absolutely paramount. Too many people – men and women – are a result of being who someone else has asked them to be.”

Today, Deborah is President of Deborah Bateman LLC, a professional coaching and consulting organization, where she serves as a professional and certified leadership and executive coach.

Her diverse career has spanned more than 40 years, and includes both entrepreneurial and corporate leadership roles. Her career has included roles within large national financial services organizations, community banks, and as the President of The Bateman Group, a consulting firm which provided consulting and regulatory liaison services to financial organizations and their board of directors. Currently, Deborah serves as the Vice Chairman of the Board of Directors for National Bank of Arizona.

Deborah is a graduate of the Pacific Coast Banking School at the University of Washington. Her thesis, “DeNovo, The Organization of a New Independent Bank,” is part of the schools permanent research library. She is also a graduate of the American Institute of Banking, Mesa Community College, and Darden’s Leadership Development Program at the University of Virginia. She is a Certified Hogan Assessment Coach.

Deborah has a breadth of experience which includes leadership positions in Executive Leadership, Wealth Management, Retail Banking, Systems and Operations, and Program Management. In addition, she is a seasoned and experienced corporate board member. She is an active member of her community, where she has served on more than thirty nonprofit boards.

Currently, she serves on the Board of Directors for the Sandra Day O’Connor Institute, Phoenix Symphony Orchestra, the Phoenix Suns Charities, and the Advisory Boards for Mesa Community College, Foundation for Living Medicine, and AZ Business Angels Magazine. Deborah is a member of the Go Red For Women – Executive Leadership Team for the American Heart Association, Charter 100, and the American Heart Association – Phoenix Heart Ball Committee. In addition, she is featured columnist for SmartFem.com, and a popular Charity Gala and Event Chairperson.

Deborah’s professional commitment and involvement in the community has garnered numerous recognition and awards, including:

  • Stevie Award – Best Financial Services Executive
  • Corporate Business Leader Award (YWCA)
  • The Visionary Award (National Association Of Women Business Owners)
  • Women Of Distinction/Leadership Award (Girl Scouts Of America)
  • Mesa Community College Hall of Fame (Distinguished Alumni)
  • Community Icon (Playworks)
  • Hope Award Honoree (Cancer Support Community Arizona)
  • 50 Most Influential Women In Arizona Business (Az Business Magazine)
  • Athena Award Finalist (Phoenix Chamber Of Commerce)
  • Women Who Move The Valley (Arizona Foothills)
  • Bronze Sierra Award Honoree (Cystic Fibrosis Foundation)

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In the Media

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Women on boards campaign expands Phoenix board diversity conversation

The Phoenix Business Journal profiles the 2020 Women on Boards organization National Conversation on Board Diversity being held in Phoenix on November 15 at the Montelucia Resort in Scottsdale from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.


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Bank VC Credits MCC for Career Path

I’m so honored to be featured on the Mesa Community College Success Stories page, this story was originally published in MCC’s Alumni & Friends magazine.


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AzBusiness Angels – The State of NonProfits

In this inaugural issue of AzBusiness Angels magazine, I join in the conversation about the trends and challenges facing nonprofits, the benefits of corporate giving and how Millenials are changing nonprofit business models.


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Images Arizona

I was interviewed for an article in Images Arizona magazine about my story and traveling cross-country with my husband in our motor home.


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Deborah Bateman’s Kind Heart Likely Saved Her Own Life

Frontdoors Magazine shares the story of my involvement with the American Heart Association and how that helped me avoid my own heath crisis.


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SmartFem Review of Breakthrough Marketing for Breakout Success Event

SmartFem magazine covers the highlights of the Breakthrough Marketing for Breakout Success Event, including highlights of my presentation.


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2017 Fearless 13 Interview

Artist Michelle Micalizzi interviews me and asks me the five Art of Fearlessly Doing Business Questions.


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Playworks Power Breakfast 2017

Deborah was honored as an Icon at this annual event.


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Women of Achievement Profiles

Deborah was featured In Business Magazine as a woman who epitomizes achievement, determination and kindness.


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Tales of Small Business Podcast

From host Kristin Davis: “When I first launched Empowered PhXX, everyone said, ‘You have to connect with Deborah Bateman.’ I was honored when she was actually willing to meet with me! People were not kidding. Deborah provided me great insight and feedback. I am excited to share more about her story, her leadership and her ideas about the future. As my first guest that works in the private ‘corporate’ sector, I asked her thoughts on the role that big business has in supporting the local community and the entrepreneurial eco-system for women.”


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The Mothers Radio Talk Show

Check out my recent conversation on The Mothers Radio Talk Show on 1100 KFNX


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Eat Great Live Well Radio Show on Blog Talk Radio

In this episode, “Scared Healthy; Journey From the Edge,” I share my transformation story, with host Johnell McCauley, from life-threatening blood pressure to creating my own healthy, vibrant life.


Help, I’m Moving Out on My Own” on WhizBuzz

A collection of book suggestions and other recommendations for great reading.


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Behind Superwoman’s Cape Podcast

On this episode host Nicole Bandes and I discuss taking time to travel.

  • Why travel can be beneficial to your time management.
  • The gift of finding your purpose.
  • Our addiction to busyness.
  • What the best time of day to work is

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SmartFem Entertainment TV

SmartFem Entertainment TV host Lea Woodford interviewed influential Phoenix area business women who have successfully made significant career changes to set out and pursue their dreams. Lea talks to me about my career journey, departure from being just a banker and my involvement in giving back to the community.


SmartFem Woman of the Month Award

I was honored to be awarded “Woman of the Month” and featured by SmartFem. SmartFem is a nationally known women’s magazine and women’s advocacy website.


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