Speaking and Writing

Seminars, Workshops, Writing Projects, and Keynote Addresses

Deb Austin Brown

Deb is a teacher and builder of confidence and character in students, teachers, business leaders, and community members.  As a planter of seeds, it is her most important work.  She has taught in private and public schools for thirty-seven years.  Deb is a teacher by heart.


Deb's work transcends the classroom to include spreading character messages and success strategies through her writing and consulting business, Proverbial Ink.  She has written for and given keynotes and seminars to schools, businesses, and communities in thirty-four states. 


Clients have included:

  • The Franklin Covey Company
  • Boston University
  • The State University of New York at Cortland College
  • West Virginia University
  • Penn State University
  • Oracle
  • The Power of Positive Students International Foundation
  • South Carolina Department of Education
  • The Institute for Family Success
  • South Carolina Coastal Advertising and Marketing Professionals
  • School Specialty Company
  • Premier Agendas
  • Character Development Group
  • West Virginia State University
  • Marshall University
  • North Carolina Department of Education
  • University of Charleston
  • New York Public Schools
  • Building Strong Families, Inc.
  • West Virginia Governor's Conference
  • West Virginia Junior College
  • The Milken Family Foundation in Los Angeles, California
  • The International Character Education Conference, Saint Louis
  • Tennessee State Character Conference
  • North Carolina State Character Conference
  • West Virginia Leaders of Learning Conference
  • Garrett County School District in Garrett County, Maryland
  • Columbus, Ohio School District
  • South Dakota State Character Conference
  • Texas State Character Conference
  • Tennesse State Teachers' Conference
  • Kentucky State Education Conference
  • West Virginia Association of School Administrators State Conference
  • The Heritage Foundation in Pawleys Island, South Carolina
  • Katy School District in Houston, Texas
  • Kanawha County Schools in Charleston, West Virginia
  • West Virginia Department of Education
  • West Virginia Teacher Leadership Institute
  • South Dakota Department of Education
  • West Virginia Center for Professional Development
  • The Midwest Regional Character Education Conference, Indianapolis
  • Charlotte-Mecklenburg School System in Charlotte, North Carolina
  • West Virginia Department of Health and Human Services
  • West Virginia State University 
  • Southeast Regional Character Education Conference, Chattanooga
  • The Prime Time Success Radio Show on the Rock Star Radio Network
  • Saint Albans High School Distinguished Alumni and Athletic Hall of Fame
  • Saint Albans Rotary Club
  • Saint Albans Public Library: "Saint Albans Writes" speaker series
  • Saint Albans Public Library: "Compass Conversations" five-part series
  • Saint Albans High School: teaching The Success Strategies to the freshman class