Deborah Bernstein is a one of a kind woman!
“To know her is to love her” says her husband, Ted Bernstein. “Deborah’s beauty shines from within, she’s all heart.”
Competing for the 2017 Mrs. US-of-A that will be held this June in Las Vegas. This winner competes in October for the Mrs. Globe International title, in China. Deborah thought long and hard about the decision to compete again. After winning the Mrs. USA crown in 2012, she felt good about her career in pageantry. She decided to retire her crowns and continue her focus on helping women deal with one of the biggest challenges facing women today – retirement security.
“Without question, women are living longer than ever before. South Florida is the retirement capital of the United States, if not the world. I am fortunate to be surrounded by incredible women who want it all and having it all begins with total financial security. In my practice, I help bring as many women as possible to the discussion table where we help educate them about these issues, whether they are currently retired or somewhere on the life cycle spectrum preparing for their retirement. I like to say that my clients gain ‘Sleep Insurance’ by working with us. I try to minimize the confusion and mystery about the issues of financial security in retirement. At the end of the day, it’s about guaranteed, lifetime income, no matter what is happening in the world or the economy.”
Deborah has a unique background in the pageantry industry. She has held both State and National titles including: Mrs. U.S. Continental 2010/11, Ms Florida 2008 as well as Mrs. Florida 2002. These triumphs can directly be attributed to her passion, intellect, commitment to improving her community. Deborah’s recognized beauty led her to being selected as a model for Blinc cosmetics and one of their most prestigious skin care products.
She has a multi-faceted background that is the foundation of all her efforts, including those which demonstrate her selfless, “giving back” contributions to the community.
She was a key collaborator in formulating the mission and direction of The Ted & Deborah Bernstein Family Foundation (created in 2007) and served as its president. The foundation provided financial assistance to organizations helping families and children cope with the challenges that arise from untreated mental illness as well families in distress and/or in need of therapeutic services they cannot afford. Without help, many of these families would otherwise be unable to access these much needed services. Through donations from the foundation, many children were able to access critical therapeutic counseling and continue their education without interruption. Every family is touched in some way by mental illness.
Among her other roster of charitable endeavors, Deborah has been involved with to ‘One Laptop Per Child’, the ‘American Cancer Society’ and local animal shelters. She is a sought after speaker for many women’s organizations that focus on esteem building and self-improvement.
Her career accomplishments incorporate senior level experience in business administration as an executive for the Marriott and Hilton Hotels. Her hands-on knowledge of the hospitality industry has contributed to her business acumen and gracious demeanor, and brought her to where she is today. As the co-founder of Life Cycle Financial Planners, Deborah is passionate about helping women create retirement security with guaranteed, lifetime income solutions.
In September 2012, Mrs. Bernstein launched a new children’s storybook series (Stylish Stella’s Magic Crown) in Bloomingdales of Boca Raton. Based on strong reception, Bloomingdales and The Breakers have invited Deborah for special events, featuring the Stylish Stella book. This new series is focused on confidence building and self esteem for young readers. A portion of the proceeds from the book sales are donated back to The Ted & Deborah Bernstein Family Foundation.
Mrs. Bernstein is both a devoted wife and mother. Married to Ted Bernstein, she resides in Boca Raton, Florida. Leading by example, a mother of four adult children, she encourages each of them to participate in their communities by giving back through their individual interests.