Q&A WITH Deborah Barnett

. January 1, 2018.
mature-living-profile

During Deborah Barnett’s 36 years as a member of the Huntington Bank team, she has had many different roles. She served appointments to boards at the City of Toledo, Toledo Public Schools and the University of Toledo. She has also been involved with many civic organizations, including the Toledo Zoo, Promedica, the Greater Toledo Urban League, among other honors and accolades.

After her retirement, Barnett turned these assets into a marketing business, N-Sync, that helps empower individuals and businesses. She learned from her varied roles that strength comes through collaboration and her new company brings people, businesses and resources together to get the job done. She is a sought-after speaker, motivator and event consultant.

My first job: Was in the banking industry as a typist. That wasn’t the job for me, so I asked to be trained as a teller. The rest is history.
Health and lifestyle tips I support: Read The Four Agreements. It enhanced my interpersonal skills. For health— stay active.
My most memorable trips: I have had many memorable trips with family and friends. My travels to Cabo San Lucas, North Carolina, Hilton Head and recently celebrating my son and daughter-in-law’s 40th birthday on Marco Island, Florida.
My biggest self-indulgence: Playing golf— may it never end.
I have always wanted to: Travel to Sydney, Australia.
A trait I admire in others: Loyalty.
My pet peeve: Tardiness.
What most people don’t know about me:
As a teenager in my hometown of Cleveland, I was a dancer on a local TV show.
Words I live by: The Four Agreements: Be Impeccable with your word. Don’t take anything personally. Don’t make assumptions. Always do your best.
Advice to the younger me: Don’t take things personally.
Someone I’d like to meet: Michelle Obama.
What inspires me now: I am inspired by knowing what my purpose is and completing the assignment.

Trending

Puppy Love: Volunteer to Help Service Dogs

There is a volunteer opportunity for dog lovers just waiting to unleash some of their free time. ADAI (Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence) is supported locally by The Ability Center to help people with disabilities. This is an opportunity for community members who love puppies (who doesn’t?) and who want to lend a helping hand.

Spring into Health

Winter seemed to last forever. Some of us didn’t stick to our healthy routines over the cold months. It’s time to come out of hibernation and Spring Into Health! We talked to some of the top, local health experts. They answered some questions about their area of specialty and gave some healthy advice, too. Sarah

Broaden Your Horizens

Three Toledoans fulfill passions with their hobbies Life sometimes makes it difficult to find time for yourself. With family, work and other responsibilities, a hobby often doesn’t seem possible. Retirement is the perfect time to explore activities that you might have only thought about fleetingly in years past. If you are looking to slow down

Making Money, Post-Retirement

Interview with three people who are viewing their retirement as an end of one chapter and the beginning of a new one.