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Television Host

Shakin' The Salt With Dr. Peppers

Professional Speaker

Motivation, Humor, Inspiration


Education, Business, Community

Radio Talk Show Host

Talk From The Heart & Quest For Character

Published Author

Books, Magazines, Newspapers, Blog


Dr. Peppers:

  • 2012 Telly Award for Featured Documentary
  •  Featured for Documentary on Higher Education Channel (HEC)
  •  Honored for hosting 250 TV episodes, The Outreach Connection
  •  Selected as weekly Featured Columnist for St. Louis newspaper
  •  Foundation Wall of Fame Scholarship Member: Grant Presenter
  •  Published in Chicken Soup For The Soul: Thanks, Dad!
  •  Published and co-authored book The Master’s Hand
  •  Selected presenter, International Federation of Speakers, S. Africa
  •  Selected as presenter at large school in Cuzco, Peru
  •  Featured on international television program,  SPOTLIGHT
  •  Published in book The Power of Words
  •  One of three most influential teachers, Lindbergh H. S. 50 year history
  •  Emcee for The Global Day of Prayer at Busch Stadium, St. Louis
  •  Recognition for outstanding leadership by Senator Claire McCaskill
  •  Finalist for A&E special, The Pulpit Masters
  •  Author, Chicken Soup For The Soul: Celebrating Mothers & Daughters
  •  Inducted into Midwest Education Hall of Fame
  •  Selected for Board of Directors for National Speakers Association
  •  Selected as Presenter for the Midwest Regional Emmy Awards
  •  Published by Bethany House: The Embrace of a Father
  •  Ten-year host of talk show on KJSL Radio, 3-6 PM Monday-Friday
  •  Story published in Chicken Soup for the Grandma’s Soul
  •  Television pilot and published in God Allows U-Turns
  •  MC for National Federation of Press Women, “Getting Published
  •  Featured on TCT Television internationally in 170 countries
  •  Interviewed in El Salvador on TBN Television, reaching 25 countries
  •  Ten Year Service Award as adjunct professor at Webster University
  •  Monthly columnist for St. Louis newspaper
  •  Biography published in anthology: Women Serving Women
  •  Featured on national television program, On Main Street
  •  Personal story published in Chicken Soup: Living Your Dreams
  •  1st Place, National Federation of Press Women Communication Contest
  •  Published in Chicken Soup for the Teacher’s Soul
  •  Authored and published full length book - It’s Your Turn Now!  
  •  Presenter in Europe, Africa, Greece, South America, Canada, Australia
  •  Keynoter at the Crystal Cathedral International Women’s Conference
  •  National Speakers Association 1st Place Regional Showcase Winner
  •  Published in God Allows U-Turns
  •  Outstanding Alumni Award, Webster University
  •  Selected as Presenter for the Regional Emmy Awards
  •  International Who's Who of Professional Management
  •  AT&T Cable Network Weekly Television Talk Show Host
  •  Featured by Bob Costas with Cardinal Baseball Hall of Fame
  •  Resolution of Honor by State of Missouri House of Representatives
  •  Inducted into National Teachers Hall of Fame
  •  Senate recommendation for Governor’s School Violence Task Force
  •  Proclamation given by U.S. Secretary of Education, Richard Riley
  •  St. Louis School Partnership ( Integration Program for Race Relations)
  •  Trainer for Lee Canter & Associates, 10 years: 
  •  Succeeding with Difficult Students, Discipline, Violence Prevention
  •  Selected to interview Presidential candidates and wives  
  •  Missouri State Technology Award
  •  St. Louis Hometown Hero Award  
  •  Published Action Research through Washington University
  •  World of Difference Award recipient,  B’nai B’rith, National Community
  •   Relations Award  of Honor, KMOV-TV, Education Award
  •   Featured Teacher of the Year, KMOX radio.  

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Topics and Programs

A Partial Listing of Programs Offered by Dr. Peppers

Note: All programs will be customized and personalized for your specific audience.



If you are looking for a high-energy keynote speaker or emcee for your next event, Dr. Peppers is your choice. Debra brings humor and wisdom tailored especially for your group as she “does her homework”  in advance . She devotes herself to finding  the specific needs and intentions of each particular group and incorporates stories, quotes and research specifically relevant for your audience. Debra brings fun and passion as she loves to interact with the audience, often speaking with several members in advance in order to incorporate their story during the program. As a ten year radio and television host, Dr. Peppers has a knack for spontaneity and interaction with the audience. She will have your participants both laughing and yet deeply moved and inspired as she shares “her story “  and those of  others as well .  One of her unique abilities is writing hilarious poetry specifically for the group addressed and  weaving it in at the perfect time! Because of her expertise in the area of humor, inspiration and motivation, Debra is often invited back year after year by many groups and organizations as every presentation is an original!

Stress Management

In this fast-paced society, in which we live, everyone needs practical tools and guidelines for getting or keeping the momentum going. Dr. Peppers has the right prescription by incorporating both research and humor, while leaving the audience with real guidelines for personal as well as professional application. Learning how our physiological and intellectual responses are often dictated by our emotions, we learn to realize the enormous amount of time and energy we spend on the petty things that don't really matter. Dr. Peppers incorporates the "urgent vs. the important", rekindling enthusiasm, and practical tools for not internalizing situations. Most content, peaceful, joyous people have several traits in common, and most are acquired not innate. The audience will learn how to play upon their strengths, find their niche, and develop the style best suited to them to enjoy where they are on the way to where they’re going!


We often hear the saying, “ It’s not what you say but how you say it.” Dr. Peppers demonstrates in this program that both are important! In today’s society it is more crucial than ever to develop plans to be proactive rather than reactive in any interaction with others, whether in the workplace, at home or in the community. Dr. Peppers teaches the audience have strategies for remaining professional and calm, while responding with confidence. She also shares how to establish positive relationships, to de-personalize and redirect conversation when needed.  In our fast paced and  highly technical world, Debra emphasizes that both written and oral communication must be addressed. She stresses the importance of. both verbal and non-verbal communication “do’s and don’ts” in the areas of  tone, body language, facial expression and gestures. We all have areas of communication where we can improve and in today’s society it is crucial we learn to integrate them both personally and professionally.


Like it or not, each of us is called to be a leader in some capacity-in the home, the workplace, or the community. If leaders are "born" that way why do so many who achieve leadership status seem the most unlikely? Most great leaders have several traits in common: and most are acquired not innate. In this motivational presentation Debra teaches the audience how to play upon their strengths, find their niche, and develop the style of leadership best suited to them. From an office worker to the president of a company, from a teacher leading a classroom to the superintendent leading a district, the measure of one's success as a leader, is not in what you get others to do but how well you can lead them to do it.  Dr. Peppers encourages the audience to realize that the particular leadership role we each hold, is both a responsibility and an exciting opportunity to encourage others by example as we all achieve a higher degree of success!



All of us sometime feel like our lives are chaotic and out of control. But we cannot properly function when we are constantly overwhelmed and overextended.   Dr. Peppers compares our hectic lives to a balancing act as she shares practical information for much needed relief. Whether you’re a stay at home mom managing a household, a career person balancing work and family, Debra presents keys that will help you learn to dissect your time and as you value experiences, and find time to live with more joy, vitality and peace in the midst of a chaotic world. Debra will provide you with the keys to reduce stress and find greater balance in your complicated, stressful life. Most of us are more able to help our friends and family than we are ourselves and need to bring ourselves back into the equation. Even when we think we have no time, me must begin to attend to our forgotten needs and longings. Dr. Peppers teaches we must balance our responsibilities to others with responsibility to ourselves, obligations with enjoyment, work with play, and activity with rest. The audience is inspired to reduce stress, restore sanity, and find greater balance and fulfillment in everyday life.


Other Topics Frequently Requested

Ethics and Character Building for Today
Stumbling Blocks to Stepping Stones
Conflict Resolution
Assertiveness Training
Succeeding With Difficult People
Selling Yourself
On Fire or Burned Out
Unique Begins With You
 Overcoming Stress
Change: Taking Positive Risks
Conflict Resolution
Teachers Have Class
Successful Classroom Management
No Teacher Left Behind
Peer Mediation
Managing Difficult Students
Positive Interaction With Parents
Boundaries & Goals:  The "Whole Child"
Creativity In The Classroom
Assertive Discipline
How To Get Parents On Your Side
The High Performing Teacher
Scared Or Prepared: Safety Awareness
Spirituality Without Crossing the Boundaries





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