About us

About us
Learn. Live. Grow.


I know it sounds funny, perhaps odd, that I am enthusiastic and passionate about dispute resolution.  I dislike seeing people struggle in conflict when workable solutions exist and they just don't know it.

My passion is to help leaders and dispute resolution professionals discover the path to resolution instead of a life in trouble.

Where did I uncover and discover this pathway to resolution?

Well, having grown up in a family on the younger end of 9 children, to be seen and not heard, in the midst of a family-owned business, I saw plenty of high tensions, mismanaged conflict, broken hearts and hurt relationships, sometimes beyond repair.  A real loss to all impacted.

Given our Scandinavian heritage, we didn’t deal well with conflict much less express real emotion.  Heck, I didn't even know or understand the emotions I experienced.  I had to find my voice and do some deep work early in life.  I wasn't happy.

I didn't want to keep living that way and chose a pathway of education and line of work to make a difference in the lives of others and with influence.

In spite of what I learned and experienced as I moved into my own adult career, I still faced my own hardships…closing down a business in the 1990’s due to changes in laws, working with my employees to find new jobs, all while starting a family.

After rebounding, the recession of 2008 led to more setbacks with loss of contracts, leading to financial devastation, all while raising my two children as a single parent.  Struggling to make ends meet was an understatement.

While these hardships challenged me to keep going, I had to get past my embarrassment and fear of being vulnerable,  I sought out those ahead of me.  Drawing upon mentors offering guidance and wisdom from their own experiences, I was inspired with courage and hope even in tough times.

Drawing upon a combination of life, education and career choices with 30 years of experience as a mediation and psychologist, I offer to those interested the lessons learned and proven strategies developed on how to make a difference.

Today's work world and style of leadership require new courage, curiosity and insight, compassion, concern and commitment in ways never quite experienced.

What I offer are customized services to map out new frameworks for dealing with and leading people in conflict for stronger performance in all walks of life!

Now, more than ever, showing up with influence requires conviction, courage, curiosity, collaboration, and a commitment to change.

The world is forever changed!

So, are YOU ready for a tune-up?  The MINDSET Doc is available for house calls!

Founder and CEO, Relationships at Work, Inc.


Our goal is to Influence millions of minds worldwide.

We do this through keynote speaking, podcasts, workshops, webinars, meeting facilitation, mediation, articles and books... all of this available at your feet or in the cloud.

We celebrated our 10th anniversary in 2021, doing business as Relationships at Work, Inc., which is pretty incredible given that the last two years were under COVID-19 conditions.  We made it in spite of cancelled contracts and a major transition to online and hybrid services.  COVID while horrific also generated many new and wonderful opportunities.

Ever since our launch in 2011, we've been providing professional development and dispute resolution services for emerging leaders, business owners, lawyers and mediators.  And, we plan to continue for another 10 and more!

We have two focal points for delivering services to work with professionals in the legal | dispute resolution market and the business world.  Check it out and see what's available!


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Our Clients

We are honored to help professionals and organizations all around the world!

From China and India to France and Australia, Japan, Turkey, Canada, USA and Mexico - to name a few!

Here’s the typical client who seeks our services:

  • Leaders guiding their organizations through cultural and engagement change
  • Legal professionals challenged in pivoting to litigation alternatives in how they influence and manage their clients, online and in-person
  • Family-owned businesses facing generational transitions
  • Teams and relationships in conflict where business problems demand resolution and conflict competency is needed


Are you ready to leverage your mindset for change and growth?

Speaking Engagements



Speaking engagements

Over the last 21 years.



Impacted by Dr. Dupree's expertise.


Hours of experience

in training & speaking.

Speaking & Training Topics

Dr. Dupree is known for her ability to adapt and bring Neuroscience in simple, yet memorable techniques to pave the way for golden opportunities to reduce the cost of conflict.

Dr.Debra MH 2022 Keynote Certificate-1 (1)

These are the type of programs that land where the rubber meets the road. They are the types of programs that encourage us to look at things differently. They are the types of programs that rekindle the fire for re-invention and re-birth. You will see me again.


A Memorable Event with Dr. Dupree

✅  Ranked among top ten trainers and speakers for delivering powerful and inspirational programs by SkillPath Corporate Strategies worldwide customers

✅  Recognized by Newsweek Magazine among the top five psychotherapists in San Diego for her life-changing work

✅  Named “Mediator of the Year” by The Los Angeles Federal Executive Board for her leadership and innovation for mentoring and resolving workplace disputes

Before you go, don't forget to check out Dr. Dupree's Podcast! 

Decoding the Conflict Mindset Podcast is designed for the Dispute Resolution Enthusiast who truly seeks to bring conversations of peace to their worlds of influence.