2017 Women to Watch: Debra Livingston

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Louise Esola

Debra Livingston


Co-founder
ReEmployAbility Inc.
Tampa, Florida
Age: 51

Getting injured workers back on their feet and volunteer work are two things Debra Livingston feels good about.

That’s why she and her partner combined the two concepts to create a program that has provided nonprofit organizations with 4.5 million hours of volunteer work performed by workers who might otherwise be home. For example, a truck driver who was in an accident and isn’t well enough to drive can get out of the house by volunteering, with his company — which benefits from the worker’s improved state of mind, among other pluses — paying him to volunteer.

Launched in 2007, the program Transition2Work grew out of Ms. Livingston’s background in workers compensation case management. In 2003, she co-founded ReEmployAbility Inc. with Frances Ford, who also spent her career in claims for injured…

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