Debbie Ritchie

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Debbie Ritchie

Debbie joined Huron in 2006 through the acquisition of The Studer Group, where she served as chief operations officer and president. She has led the company’s healthcare culture and leadership business since 2016. Throughout her more than 15 years as an executive leader at Huron, she has consistently offered executive-level coaching and built professional connections, demonstrating her commitment to transforming healthcare.

With more disruption and uncertainty in the external environment comes greater need for us to continuously evolve to better serve. We must be constantly learning, changing and improving to be truly transformational.

About Debbie

Debbie is devoted to making healthcare better, evidenced by the dedication seen in her client work, ensuring each has an excellent experience and achieves their desired outcomes. Debbie’s customer-first approach focuses on continuously evolving to support transformational engagements. To achieve that type of change, she brings high-performing leadership execution aligned to strategy and accountability to each of her projects.

Under her leadership, Huron models what it teaches by delivering high-quality results with an internal focus on engagement and an emphasis on mission, vision, values and standards of behavior. Debbie’s leadership and commitment to excellence has advanced Huron's continuous process improvement journey and engagement results, illustrated by the company’s recognition as a 2010 Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award recipient and a consistent 99th percentile performer in employee engagement.

Debbie is a trusted adviser to leadership teams and a frequent speaker at Huron conferences, as well as local and national industry events.

Debbie is a former elected member of the Florida Legislature, House of Representatives.

She is a member of several associations, serving as president emeritus and founder of Impact 100 and the board chair of Gulf Coast Kid’s House.

Debbie holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from Florida State University.

Areas of Expertise

  • Organizational Design and Alignment
  • Cultural Change
  • Engagement


  • Healthcare

Education & Certifications

  • B.S., Florida State University

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