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

Health & Wellness: Expert advice on how to start off the year fresh.

New Year’s resolutions are for kids. At MLiving, we’re interested in a more mature tradition— kicking the decade off with a newfound sense of resolve. Whether you crave motivation or require encouragement, local specialists lend the best advice for a bolder, braver and healthier you in 2020.

The Ability Center of Greater Toledo through the decades

2020 marks 100 years of service from The Ability Center of Greater Toledo (ACT), a nonprofit organization that has evolved to meet the needs of the community and to reflect the changing societal views of living with a disability.

Holiday Gift Guide 2019

Local options for your list

One Room Challenge

Six weeks to modernize a dining room By Lindsey Mahoney Photos by Mary Wyar If you are like me, one of the best motivators to complete a project is a deadline. That’s why I decided to participate in this Better Homes & Gardens magazine’s One Room Challenge, where participants transform a room from start to