Transitioning out of a career that defines you personally and professionally isn’t easy. And often, that first step is the most challenging. Deb Pierce, former deputy assistant director of the FBI, shares her advice for navigating through what’s next in a career, including wisdom shared by a superior about the importance of selling yourself that served her both inside and outside the FBI.
Deborah Strebel Pierce – Retired FBI Senior Executive Special Agent
In 2006, Deb retired as the FBI’s Deputy Assistant Director of the Criminal Investigative Division and former Special Agent in charge of the Minneapolis FBI. Her 27 years with the FBI were spent investigating and managing criminal and terrorist, investigations in multiple offices. Since retirement her international contacts have taken her to places such Austria, Finland, Peru and Tajikistan to promote leadership for women in public service. She has served on several non-profit boards including as Vice President of the International Consortium for Women Leaders in Public Service. In 2010, Deb joined Patti Weber, a retired CIA executive, and formed Pierce-Weber Partnership to provide presentations about their experiences in FBI and the CIA and to support women in public service. Patti passed away unexpectedly in August, 2018. Deb has carried on the Pierce-Weber business and continues to speak to groups about the FBI and the CIA, Identity Theft and Safe Travel. She includes some of Patti’s favorite stories about the CIA – which may or may not be true.