Schedule for 2020

February 28, 2020
Griswold, Iowa
Southwest Iowa Community and Economic Development Forum
Keynote Speaker

Spring, 2020
Sisseton, South Dakota
Embedded Community Experience

March 26-27,2020
SMTulsa Conference
Tulsa, Oklahoma

April 8, 2020
Sac County, Iowa Annual Dinner
Keynote, Denison, Iowa

April 22-23, 2020
Wisconsin Rural Partners Summit

Keynote and Workshop

April 30-May 1
Minnesota Brownfield Conference
Keynote Speaker

June 11, 2020
Northeast Community Action Conference

Hannibal, Missouri

October 19-23, 2020
Grundy County, Illinois Embedded Community Experience
Grundy County, Illinois


Bartlett, Texas Embedded Community Experience

Brownfield/Main Street West Virginia Conference

2021 British Columbia EC Summit

Previous Speaking Appearances include:Deb at RuralX

  • International Economic Development Conference
  • TEDx Brookings
  • Western Area Chamber Executives Conference, Los Angeles
  • Radically Rural Conference, Keene, New Hampshire
  • Colorado Hospital Association Annual Conference
  • Michigan Association of Planners Annual Conference



Schedule for 2019

February 1, 2019
Kansas State Research and Education
Webinar: Marketing in a Small Town
available online after February 4

February 19 to 26, 2019
Sebring and Columbiana, Ohio
Embedded Community Experience

March 7-13, 2019
attending in Austin, TX

March 18-20, 2019
Nebraska Catalyst Program
Embedded Community Experience
York, Nebraska

March 28-29, 2019
Tulsa, Oklahoma

April 10-16, 2019
Paulding, Ohio
Embedded Community Experience

May 6-13, 2019
Clay County in North Texas 
Embedded Community Experience

July 1-3, 2018
Oblong, Illinois
Embedded Community Experience

July 4-5
Timberville, Virginia
Historical visit with Ned Overton

September 6, 2019
K State Research and Extension Webinar
Filling Empty Buildings

September 27, 2019
She Is Conference
Emmetsburg, Iowa

October 13-14, 2019
Missouri Community Betterment Conference

October 19-22, 2019
National Association of Development Organizations Annual Training
Reimagining Regional Development:
Building Capacity, Building Regions


October 28, 2019
Annual Celebration Legacy Learning Boone River Valley
“Who rides a bike from Canada to Mexico?”
Guest speaker Ben Weaver

November 20, 2019
Embedded Community Experience and
Idea Friendly presentation for small towns

Webster City, Iowa

December 11-13
Keynote for National Brownfields Training Conference 
Los Angeles, California

December 10-20, 2019
Cruise through Western Mexico
Everyone should take a vacation!


Wisconsin Rural Partners Summit
Keynote and Workshop
April 22-23, 2020

Northeast Community Action Conference
Hannibal, Missouri
June 11, 2020


SMTulsa Conference, March 26-27,2020

Sisseton, SD spring 2020


Other Speaking Appearances:  

  • Rural X Summit
  • Misfit Conference
  • 140 Character Conferences – NYC,  Iowa, and Small Town
  • Regards to Rural Conference, Portland, OR
  • Michigan Small Town and Rural Development Conference
  • Mid America Chamber Executives (MACE)
  • The Future of Rural Conference, Klamath Falls, OR
  • Historic Preservation Summit Iowa
  • Iowa Byways
  • Women’s Business Conference, Kearney, NE
  • MidStates Economic Development Conference
  • Stuart, Iowa Chamber Dinner
  • Building Communities Conference, Surf Ballroom, Iowa
  • Rural Arts and Culture Summit, Morris Minnesota
  • Central Iowa Tourism
  • Southern Illinois Economic Development Conference
  • Western Iowa Tourism
  • Missouri Community Betterment Association Conference (twice)
  • Milbank, South Dakota
  • Monroe Economic Development Conference, Monroe, Wisconsin
  • Iowa Museum Association Annual Conference
  • Rural Business and Innovation Summit, Klamath Falls, OR
  • Rural That Works Annual Conference
  • Social Media Breakfast, Mason City, Iowa and Albert Lea, Minnesota

Embedded Community Experiences:

  • Akron, Iowa
  • Belle Fourche, South Dakota
  • Ritzville, Washington
  • Avon, Minnesota
  • Cold Springs, Minnesota
  • York, Nebraska
  • Rock Valley, Iowa
  • Bennettsville, South Carolina
  • Forest County, Pennsylvania
  • Ohio RCAP Project: Minerva, Carrollton, Columbiana, Sebring, Fostoria,  and Paulding, Ohio
  • Roscommon County, Michigan
  • Estherville, Iowa
  • Webster City, Iowa


  • Rural Economic Development Webinar – Blaine, Canada and Pro Learning Laboratory
  • SaveYour.Town Videos Monthly with Becky McCray
  • National Realtors Association Webinar with Tyler Abens
  • K State Research and Extension Webinar Marketing Your Small Town 
  • K State Research and Extension Webinar Filling Empty Buildings