About Me



 DeAnn Akins is founder and CEO of OctoFly Dreams, headquartered in Durham, North Carolina. DeAnn has more than 18 years of experience in facilitated leadership development and brings a passion for personal growth and innovation.  A Kansas native, DeAnn holds a Master of Science in Education from the University of Kansas. Classically trained at the Kansas Leadership Center, she has honed her craft as a Fellow with the LeadingAge National Leadership Academy and as a creator and facilitator of leadership programs across the nation.  DeAnn has been a licensed nursing home administrator in North Carolina and served as an Administrator for a skilled nursing setting, assisted living and home care agency.

Guided Experiences


  • Leadership Development (State, Regional and Individual Organization levels)
  • Strategic Planning 
  • Creating and Nurturing a Culture of Innovation
  • Community Building and Collaboration
  • Coaching
  • Creating a Service Culture
  • Targeted Operational Audits



DeAnn has a long held love for both the Octopus (which symbolizes diversity, vision and insight) and the Dragonfly (which symbolizes change, transformation and self-realization).  Many of the guided experiences and work created by DeAnn centers on these tenets. 

Contact Us

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OctoFly Dreams

5805 Solitude Way, Durham, NC 27713 or octoflydreams@gmail.com

(785) 554-2015