Recognize your potential and Surpass Your Dreams

About Me

I am a Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and the President of Surpass Your Dreams, a global career, life, wellness, and mentor coaching company that has been delivering a message of motivation, success, and personal fulfillment since 1998. My company offers customized and results-oriented Career Coaching programs for those who want a new job, new career, or a new way to flourish in today’s hectic workplace. And wellness programs to help you perform at your best. We also specialize in Mentor Coaching for those who want to make coaching their next career because they want to turn their knowledge, experience, and what they have learned over the years into their next profession.

I have been featured as a career expert for WABC-TV New York Eyewitness News, CNN, News 12, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, Fortune Magazine, The Chicago Tribune, and New York Newsday. I am also a Published Writer and my articles on how to be successful in your career can be found on hundreds of web-sites. I am the author of several books including, Coach Yourself To A New Career (A Guide For Discovering Your Ultimate Profession), How To Feel Great At Work Every Day (Six Steps For Creating A High-Energy Success Plan For Your Career), Four Steps To Building A Profitable Coaching Practice (A Complete Marketing Resource Book For Coaches) and Four Steps To Building A Profitable Business (A Marketing Start-Up Guide For Business Owners, Entrepreneurs, And Professionals) and Co-Author & Co-Creator of The Essential Coaching Book (Secrets to a Winning Life). 

I am a Graduate of Coach University’s Coaches Program, which is an accredited program for Business & Personal Coaching, an International Coach Federation (ICF) Professional Certified Coach (PCC), and an Institute for Life Coach Training (ILCT) Certified Wellness Coach (CWC); a graduate of Landmark Education’s Curriculum for Living; recipient of CoachVille’s Annual Thomas Leonard coaching award for contributing to the success and evolution of coaching; a Member of the International Coach Federation (ICF); a Member of the Moriches Chamber of Commerce and the Moriches Rotary of New York.

I received an AAS degree in Computing from Queensborough Community College, a BBA in Marketing from Hofstra University, and a Certificate in Financial Planning from New York University. This gives you a coach with a strong business background.

I live with my husband/best friend Brian, and adorable son Christopher. I reside in a supportive community in Long Island, NY.

My Story

Before I became a full-time coach, I spent 12 years in the corporate world running sales and marketing programs for Fortune 500 companies and’s. At first when I entered the workforce I loved it. My job was in NYC and I was excited to be in the big city doing big city things. But over time that excitement faded. And even though I was very successful in my career, I grew tired of the politics and how hard it was to get things done.

I always felt like there was something missing, but I did not know what. I thought it was me, my fault that I would start a job and be happy in the beginning and over time become unhappy. I had friends and family tell me I was too fickle or I expected too much. They asked me what was wrong with me. Why was I always switching jobs? I did not know the answer. I just knew I was unhappy.

I felt like the real me was screaming to get out and I wasn’t sure what I was going to do about it. I was miserable. But, I was afraid. What if I did not make as much money if I did something else? What happened if people laughed at me more? And worse, what happened if I failed? I decided to face my fear and go for it, because I was MORE AFRAID of doing what I didn’t love for the rest of my life.

So, I made a decision. I would do something different. I knew once I decided, the answers would come. And, they did. So I put my self on a journey to find a career I love. This is how I became a coach. One day a catalog came to my home and inside was a class titled: How To Become A Personal Coach. I took a chance and signed up for the class and this was the day I began my journey into my new career-the coaching profession. Was it an easy journey for me? Sometimes yes and sometimes no. But I knew I wanted more and would not stop until I got it. I know you have the same in you. And this is why you are on my web site today.


Here’s the song that inspired me to keep going
towards my goal of living my dreams…


Solsbury Hill by Peter Gabriel

Climbing up on Solsbury Hill
I could see the city light
Wind was blowing, time stood still
Eagle flew out of the night
He was something to observe
Came in close, I heard a voice
Standing stretching every nerve
Had to listen had no choice
I did not believe the information
I just had to trust imagination

My heart going boom boom boom
“Son,” he said “Grab your things,
I’ve come to take you home.”

(And, I said to myself, Darn, my time will come…)
To keep in silence I resigned
My friends would think I was a nut
Turning water into wine
Open doors would soon be shut
So I went from day to day
Tho’ my life was in a rut

“Till I thought of what I’d say
Which connections I should cut
I was feeling part of the scenery
I walked right out of the machinery
My heart going boom boom boom
“Hey” he said “Grab your things
I’ve come to take you home.”
(And, I said to myself, Darn, my time will come…)

When illusion spin her net
I’m never where I want to be
And liberty she pirouette
When I think that I am free
Watched by empty silhouettes
Who close their eyes but still can see
No one taught them etiquette
I will show another me
Today I don’t need a replacement
I’ll tell them what the smile on my face meant

My heart going boom boom boom
“Hey” I said “You can keep my things,
You can’t come and take me home.”

(And, at last, I was free.)

I overcame a lot to get to where I am today. People who did not get me. People who did not believe in me. But I had a vision of how I wanted to live my life and I made a decision not to stop until I got there. Today, I have my dream job. I’m happy. I love what I do because I get to help people everyday. If I can make a change, despite fear and uncertainty, then so can you.

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Deborah Brown-Volkman, PCC
54 Mill Pond Lane . Floor 1 . East Moriches . NY 11940 . 631-874-2877 . Email me
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