Deborah Shames

Co-founder of Eloqui

The Great Escape: Break Away from the Pack with Compelling Stories

Prior to co-founding Eloqui with David Booth, Deborah was an award-winning film and television director. She founded the only female owned production company in the San Francisco Bay Area– Focal Point Productions, which she ran for 15 years.

Deborah directed luminaries including Wendie Malick, Rita Moreno, Danny Glover, and Angela Lansbury.

Deborah coaches female executives on presentation and communication skills. She preps authors, CEO’s and executives before media tours, and works with celebrity and on-air talent at major television studios. Deborah is frequently engaged prior to national sales meetings or product launches as a keynote speaker or coach, and for leadership development training.

Eloqui trains companies to deliver with style and passion. Their clients include TD Ameritrade, Amgen, Mattel, Samsung Chemical, Hyundai Hata and Fisher-Price, as well as law, financial and insurance firms. Deborah coaches individuals to identify their strengths, utilize their authentic voice and drive business.

Eloqui also serves non-profits, especially around fund raising. From the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network, the Arthritis Foundation to Ability First, Deborah trains the CEO and senior management teams as well as the volunteers. Her latest non-profit client is THORN, founded by Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher. Demi also calls on Deborah for coaching with her public appearances.

Deborah leads a business group in Calabasas. She was received a “Consultant of the Year” award by the San Fernando Valley Business Journal. When not working, Deborah travels, does photography, hikes in the mountains, and makes jewelry.

Deborah and her partner David wrote: Own the Room: Business Presentations that Persuade, Engage, and Get Results. It was published by McGraw-Hill and is now it’s in third printing. It is considered a business bestseller.

In December of 2016, Deborah’s book for women: Out Front: How Women Can Become Engaging, Memorable and Fearless Speakers will be published by BenBella Books.

You can find Deborah on LinkedIn.