Debbie L. McAdoo
Debbie L. McAdoo joined the Power of Peace Project, Inc. in April of 2016 as the nonprofit’s first Executive Director. An Atlanta native and lifelong human and environmental justice advocate, Debbie shares a synergistic vision with the Power of Peace Project. Along with her energy and enthusiasm, she brings a diverse and cogent array of professional and personal skills and experiences that uniquely coalesce into the perfect set of qualifications for this vital role with POPP.
Debbie earned her Bachelor of Science degree in a pre-law program in Science and Technology Studies with minors in Management and Economics from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, the nation’s first engineering school located in Troy, New York. Following her undergraduate work, she attended postgraduate studies through the National Center for Paralegal Training graduating summa cum laude. She recently attended Emory University’s Grant Writing Certification Program in anticipation of her re-entry into the nonprofit world.
For the past eight years, Debbie has worked in the Alpharetta, Georgia area for the North American Headquarters of one of the world’s largest glass manufacturing companies, privately held in the US and publically traded on the Nikkei, with divisions in glass, chemicals, ceramics and electronics. Working in the Law Department as the Senior Paralegal and Corporate Compliance Administrator to the Vice President, General Counsel in support of the Executive Directors and the entire North American region, including Canada, the US, and Mexico, Debbie has maintained responsibility for the company’s Corporate Governance, Compliance and Entity Management in all three regions, including Board of Directors meetings support, asset sales, new company development, and ownership and investment reporting. She has provided legal support to all company business units and departments including work with Tax, Finance, Engineering, Information Technology, Research and Development, Transportation, Import/Export Compliance, Human Resources, Benefits, Marketing, Corporate Social Responsibility and Environmental Health and Safety and Compliance including both internal and external audit and government reporting.
In her role with the Audubon Society, a well known nonprofit dedicated to conservation and protection of birds, their migration routes and nesting habitats, she managed community and member educational programs, supported annual fundraising campaigns, and published the organization’s newsletter which included state and federal legislative updates affecting the organization’s strategic alliance with the state of New York.
In her role with EarthKeepers, a nonprofit dedicated to promoting indigenous earth skills, including local and international peace initiatives, she managed day to day operations, produced fundraising events and educational programing, ran a membership campaign and volunteer network and provided quarterly and annual reporting to major funders. She routinely published articles for syndicated journals, including special articles for the Department of Labor, the Southern Christian Leadership Counsel and local community newspapers.
While working for a small law office in North Georgia, Debbie gained valuable insight into the criminal justice system representing defendants in local and state criminal cases. Her work included representation of juvenile offenders and their successful completion of probationary and diversion programs, including their involvement with state agencies such as the Department of Family and Children’s Services. While in this role, she also worked on numerous guardianship and family law matters.
Debbie also spent several rewarding years as an Adjustment Training Counselor at a Work Oriented Rehabilitation Center in Florida where she worked one on one with a population of permanently disabled young people who had reached legal adulthood and were required to be evaluated for life skills and work opportunities as they aged out of high school and into adult living accommodations. She designed and implemented programs to measure aptitude and skills to fit work assignments available in the community and then provided counseling, training, and assistance to the young adults in their transitions, working closely with local community businesses to ensure opportunity, safety, and success.
Debbie lives happily in the North Georgia Mountains with a son in college and a son in high school. She is undeniably passionate about living a healthy and meaningful life to the fullest and is very excited about growing this organization and sharing the amazing program the Power of Peace has to offer far and wide to as many people as possible so that we may all find peace and live the life of our dreams and make this world a better place!
Founder and President
Kit Cummings is an international speaker, teacher and award winner author with the gift to evoke goose bumps, laughter and tears in his audiences. Whether he is speaking to large corporations, small businesses, non-profits, churches, schools – or even the toughest prisons in America, Kit spreads his energy-filled message of power, potential and positive change through his heartfelt and provocative seminars. Kit has spoken to tens of thousands of people all over the world.
Kit’s presents his content in a way that is both dynamic and thought-provoking – and yet his delivery is fun and energy-filled. His public speaking acumen was forged by speaking to actual penitentiary inmates; in fact prisoners, so he quickly acquired an ability to hold the attention of a critical audience. But therein lies his success. Kit’s programs help teams come together, innovative solutions be realized and inner potential to be fulfilled. Built around timeless universal laws and principles, Kit identifies self-evident truths about unity and team-building, and puts them into action with practical next steps to meet our needs of the present and capture our hopes for the future — and does so with laughter and inspiration as the catalysts.
As an inspirational author, cutting edge teacher and international speaker, Kit Cummings delivers a phenomenal message of unlimited human power and potential. With a personal and professional pursuit of coaching and developing people for over 25 years, Kit has created a unique approach to address the most pressing and fundamental issues surrounding personal and collective achievement in a program he calls “Attitude Science”. Combined with his gift for entertaining and engaging his audience, Kit imparts the most thought-provoking and profound truths of the human experience while also providing actionable takeaways that resonate with audience members and inspire positive change. Prepare to be energized, elated and entertained with eye-opening content that will keep you nodding your head to these universal truths of the human condition. Whether your team is corporate or community based; sales, management or executive; Kit’s message is contemporary, relevant and universal. Moreover, his cutting edge perspectives and tools motivate future action, and they empower your team to strive for greater heights. Attitude Science will help participants break through barriers – to unlock the power of our own humanity – and awaken that sleeping giant in each of us that is our personal best.
Born and raised in Atlanta, Kit earned a BBA in Marketing from the Terry School of Business at the University of Georgia, and he also holds a Master of Theology. Kit founded Power of Peace Productions, Inc. and Power of Peace Project, Inc. and brings his experience working in some of the most dangerous areas in the world– to bring about organizational CHANGE. Kit has inspired people to Aim Higher in places as far away as Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe, and recently completed speaking tours in South Africa, Mexico, Honduras and Ukraine. Kit has negotiated peace between some of the most notorious gangs in America’s under-culture and recently spoke at the Gandhi Global Peace Summit in Durban, South Africa; his latest adventure is working in the toughest area of Tijuana and inside the prisons there. Kit has authored three books, is the host of Power of Peace Radio, and has partnered with TIOC to launch a new Teen Reality Show.