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Applying relationship theory to understand and improve how individuals relate to others and to help people achieve together that which cannot be achieved alone. 

About Deb

Dr. Deb Mashek, PhD is an experienced business advisor, professor, higher education administrator, and national nonprofit executive. She is the author of the book Collabor(h)ate: How to build incredible collaborative relationships at work (even if you’d rather work alone).


Named one of the Top 35 Women in Higher Education by Diverse: Issues in Higher Education,

she has been featured in media outlets including MIT Sloan Management Review, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Inc., Forbes, Fortune, The Hechinger Report, Inside Higher Ed, Reason, Business Week, University Business Insider, and The Hill. She writes regularly for Reworked and Psychology Today.

Previously Full Professor of Social Psychology at Harvey Mudd College, Deb served as the college’s Associate Dean for Faculty Development and as the founding Director of the Claremont College’s Office of Consortial Academic Collaboration. She served as the inaugural Executive Director of Heterodox Academy, a national nonprofit advancing viewpoint diversity on college campuses.

Deb is the founder of Myco Consulting LLC, where she helps networked organizations (e.g., consortia, collaboratives, associations, federations, etc.) avoid the predictable pitfalls of complex, multi-stakeholder initiatives so that they can drive impact and achieve big visions. A member of the Association for Collaborative Leadership, Deb has been an invited speaker on collaboration and viewpoint diversity at leading organizations including the United Nations, Siemens, and the American Psychological Association.

Originally from North Platte, NE, Deb lives in Staten Island, NY with her son.

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Little Known Facts

  • I love dancing, paddle boarding, making mosaics, playing with clay, and bonfires

  • Two facts that make me sound like a badass (I’m not): I was part of a paramilitary group as a teen and am a licensed motorcyclist

  • I won’t eat little fish if I can see their eyes

  • If I repeat the word “orange” out loud more than twice it stops sounding like a real word

“I’d like to say that I approach collaboration first and foremost as a researcher, but that’s not true. I approach collaboration first and foremost as a kid from the trailer park who figured out early on the power of relationships to provide for one’s needs.”

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