Speaker | Author | Connector 

Real community is more than being connected, it is about being claimed. If you want your marriage to be strong, your family to be close, your employees to be loyal or your church members to be committed,  they need to be claimed. Want to find out more about what that means? How can this make your life better? What does it mean to C.L.A.I.M. your people? Contact Dea for more information.

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Claiming Yourself

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Create the Culture You Want


Dea's expertise is in stirring the heart. She makes you feel like you're the most important and at the same time her wisdom reminds you, you're not alone. My most favorite of Dea's speeches is her one about CLAIMING.
Don't miss it!

Annelies G

Dea is an exciting and entertaining speaker, no matter what her subject is. I have heard her speak on several occasions on several subjects, from comedy to serious matters

Norm W

What you shared was amazing. You are a gift-the depth of your experience as a mom of 8, wife of pastor, entrepreneur, and business woman give you a depth of wisdom from which everyone can relate. I am amazed at how you have let God completely re-define you in so many different ways. It is like each different role is another “cut” in a diamond making you sparkle and shine for Jesus in a unique and beautiful way. You were funny, engaging, profound, encouraging and heartfelt as a speaker. You were by far the best speaker of the year and one of the best female speakers that I have heard because of your depth of experience, your wisdom, and your dramatic storytelling. You had us laughing and crying in the same moment. You exceeded my expectations by a long shot. I also appreciated that you took time to talk to ladies before, during and after the event. Thank you, thank you for the wonderful gift of YOU and for sharing out of all you have been through.

Ashley O



The Connector

Growing up in a small MS town taught Dea Irby about belonging. She and her husband since 1974 have lived in 15 homes in 5 Southern states, raising 8 children and pastoring churches. The one consistent thread throughout all her adventures has been building real community -  in the home, in business, in churches, and on teams. Dea is a published author, speaker, connector, and Realtor in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC area. Dea has discovered that real community is not just being connected but about being claimed.