Debra Locker Group

Debra Locker

Teaching since Aug 2020


Debra Locker Griffin is respected as a communications professional, community leader and award-winning entrepreneur. For nearly three decades, she has successfully held leadership positions in public relations and journalism that include creating a boutique communications firm, securing key placements in major media outlets, leading media tours around the world and receiving three Emmy nominations for work in television.

As the President & Founder of the Louisville-based Debra Locker Group, Debra positions brands for national, regional and local exposure. Her award-winning agency specializes in the lifestyle, wellness, spa and beauty markets, and is widely known for representing female entrepreneurs. When partnering with visionary leaders, DLG turns their ideas and voices into powerful forces through the strategic use of media relationships and storytelling.

Through a combination of hands-on, personalized work and media relationships, clients are featured on “The TODAY Show,” “The Doctors,” in SHAPE, Marie Claire, Good Housekeeping, Newsweek, USA Today, The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Huffington Post, MindBodyGreen and scores of other top outlets.  

Prior to launching DLG, Debra was the Public Relations Director for the International SPA Association and Host Communications, both of which are based in Lexington, KY. Before beginning her PR career, Debra was a reporter and producer at TV stations in Kentucky, Tennessee and North Carolina. She has received three Emmy nominations for her work in television.

An avid writer, Debra is a co-author of Women of Courage, published by Professional Woman Publishing. She is also a monthly contributor to on the topic of “Spa PR Made Easy.”

In 2020, DLG was named one of the top six PR firms in Louisville by Business First. Debra is a past recipient of the Small Business Champion of the Year award for Kentucky and the Southeast given by the Small Business Administration. She has been named one of the top women in business by TOPS Louisville, profiled by Today’s Woman and the Louisville Courier-Journal, and nominated as a Most Fashionable Philanthropist by the Younger Woman’s Club of Louisville.

Debra is a mom to a wonderful son and two super-fluffy dogs - Great Pyrenees named Jackie and Pete. She is married to Ron Griffin and they just celebrated their 24th wedding anniversary. A proud Kentuckian, Debra grew up in Berea, is a graduate of Eastern KY University and lives in Louisville. 


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