Debra Kakaria (Walker)
Sector: Private Sector
Magic Moment: For me, it is when a group of people and professionals come together at first with a diverse and opposing set of interests but, after some creative give and take, it is that moment when we collectively walk away with a better proposal than what we originally put forward and everyone is satisfied with a plan forward. Like most things, the most fulfilling moments are those that require some hard work to achieve.
Brent Clarkson: Brent was the first employer I worked with in the private sector after working in the municipal sector for 8 years. He is an incredible leader, listener, mentor and friend and I am grateful to have had the opportunity to learn so much from him and I do my best to pass on his mentoring skills, his knowledge and professional work ethic.
My daughter: She reminds me and pushes me to be the best I can be – for her and for me. And I like to think I do the same for her.
Next Big Challenge As An Industry: A lack of housing, infrastructure and parks/services to support an rapidly increasing population coupled with climate change and the need to protect the resources we rely on to sustain that growth. There is a lot to accomplish in a short period of time! Therefore, we need strong leadership, effective decision makers and a system that fosters creativity and inclusivity when it is needed for certain complicated matters but also removes regulatory barriers for decisions that should be simple and stream lined.
On Championing Others…:I receive great fulfillment out of mentoring professionals I work with on a day to day basis and I like to actively “teach” inspiring planners as we work together on a variety of projects and provide them support in meeting their career goals.
Secret Talent: Music trivia.
One word that captures you: Strong