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SIBL Founder and Executive Director
Deborah Pardes

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Deborah Pardes studied literature at The Johns Hopkins University and took her degree from Barnard College of Columbia University. Her academic work focused on poetry and creative writing expression hair by joom. Prior to her studies at Barnard and subsequent songwriting career, Deborah's devotion to her writing began at the age of 11 years old when she wrote and self-published her first short story, Kidnapped Youth. This first work, a tale of hope and the power of creativity poignantly rooted her passion, talent and commitment to literature, music, and art.

Pardes' professional performing, recording, and songwriting career began during her early years in Manhattan and for nearly two decades she has nurtured and developed her love of both literature and song. Blessing Or A Curse marks her third solo work and features fourteen original songs including "7th Step," the song Pardes wrote after reading Angela's Ashes by Frank McCourt. She is recognized in the San Francisco Bay Area as a leading singer songwriter and her work has been honored with several awards. Among them: Lilith Fair Grand Prize Winner - Talent Search for Summer 1999 Tour; ASCAP Special Awards Writing Program Recipient; Oxygen National Talent Search Finalist - Part of the Oprah Winfrey online network.

Over a decade ago, Pardes founded Mentl Music, a music and media production company located in San Francisco, California. The company produces and manages projects from full-length CDs to concert series, product launches, electronic media projects including Internet and Intranet sites, and online and in-store interactive product demos. For three seasons, she coordinated the San Francisco Jazz Festival activities in 23 venues and managed 250 volunteers and staff.

Pardes' business acumen is long standing in the Bay Area and she is constantly recruited to head up a variety of product launches and marketing campaigns for notable companies such as Sony Inc., Iomega, and Symantec.

Community, family and art are profoundly important to Pardes' vision and life long work. This is evidenced by her commitment to teach song-writing classes for high school students and frequent singing engagements. Pardes is devoted to sharing her magic and inspirational art with the more challenged and neglected aspects of the community throughout the world. With her ongoing performances for aspiring young singers to ailing elders in convalescent hospitals and participants in drug recovery programs (through the non-profit organization Bread & Roses), she brings songs of hope and lightness into their life. The SIBL Project is a continuation of who she has always been. It is a manifestation of her charismatic vision to change the world.

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