Debra Isaacs Schafer, Founder and CEO of Education Navigation, LLC is a subject-matter expert on business topics including work/life integration, employee benefits, working parents & caregivers, supporting employees with disabilities in the workplace, as well as consumer topics including special education, autism, ADHD, learning differences, and mental health issues. 

With 20 years of director-level human resources and work/life experience and years of special education advocacy, she has substantive speaking, presentation, and training background and is a resource for the media and specialty resources.

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5 Key Takeaways from National Flex Day on the State of Work Flexibility

National Flex Day, celebrated the third Tuesday of every October, is a chance for those of us who are deeply concerned with work flexibility for all to come together, assess the landscape of flexible and remote work...Read More

Working Mother

Debra Isaacs Schafer is Founder and CEO of Education Navigation, LLC, a work/life and human resources consulting firm partnering with companies to support working parents and the education needs...Read More

Helping Employees Whose Dependents Have Special Needs

On Work and Life, Stew Friedman spoke with Debra Schafer about what corporations can do to help their employees who need care for disabled dependents especially children with special needs or hidden differences...Read More

Is education care the new elder care?

When West Pharmaceutical Services, a medical device company headquartered in Exton, Pennsylvania, surveyed employees at its corporate head office, it found that roughly 8% of the 400 employees at that location were interested in...Read More

5 work-life winners

Debra Schafer founded Education Navigation in 2010 to help organizations support working parents whose children have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorders, attention deficit disorder/attention deficit hyperactivity disorder...Read More

Work Flexibility...Not An Either/Or Choice

Debra Schafer is CEO and founder of Education Navigation, LLC which provides employee benefits and work/life programming for parents of children with autism spectrum disorders, ADD/ADHD, and learning differences...Read More

Parents of special needs children require help in the workplace, too

My guest this week, Debra Schafer, CEO and Founder of Education Navigation, has an absolute passion for the work that she does. Having a son with a learning difference inspired her move from the corporate world to advocacy...Read More

The Truth About Parental Leave

I can't say enough about all the recent attention regarding parental leave and the companies expanding opportunities for new mothers and fathers to spend critical time with their newborns...Read More

HR Exchange Network

Debra Schafer is the Founder and CEO of Education Navigation, a provider of voluntary benefits and work/life solutions to organizations focusing on parent employees with children from kindergarten through college transition...Read More

Women to watch 

A passionate work/life leader, Debra Isaacs Schafer, Founder + CEO of Education Navigation, is all about helping parents become effective and sustained advocates for their children in school. From K-College when their children...Read More

We're Losing Our Kids

I initially wrote this piece several months ago after learning of the suicide of yet another young college student, this one the friend of a young person I know well. Words are lacking to convey my sadness about this loss...Read More

With Agnes Uhereczky, at the WorkLife HUB
With Dr. Richard Selznick, "The Shut-Down Learner"