Published Author, Inspirational Speaker,
Accredited Business Owner
As a former regional administrative manager of a fortune 500 company, supervising 35 associates in three Northeast Ohio area offices, as well as providing human resources support for the region and hosting groups at out of state corporate hubs, Deborah McVay-McKinney - now Williams - suddenly became a “stay-at-home” mother in a city distant from her entire family. With an urge to meet new people while maintaining her professional expertise, at the same time allowing her to be present for her daughter, McVay-McKinney decided to create her own business, Time To Spare. The name came from the idea that even though everyone has a very busy schedule, we could each use a little more time to enjoy life.
Originally founded in 1995 as a professional organizer, Time To Spare began by assisting small businesses and individuals wishing to better organize their home offices. Within a few years, McVay-McKinney was approached to plan intimate client events, custom gifts for special occasions, and found a local need to be a resource for private K-12 school district supply kits. McVay-McKinney's (now more than 30 years of) event planning, marketing, public relations, administration, and office management experience suddenly became more useful than leading administration for a major corporation!
The Early Years
As her daughter grew, so did Time To Spare. Through volunteer work, mother’s groups, church activities, and networking organizations, McVay-McKinney was fortunate to meet many people interested in utilizing her services. When “Y2K” (midnight December 31, 1999 – January 1, 2000) was approaching, her former employer called to ask for assistance creating fun, yet useful, custom gift packages to send to their clients across the country which had employees required to work throughout the stroke of midnight. Due to fears of electrical failures and computer breakdowns, it could have been a disastrous evening for many people and this corporation wanted to bring a little fun and reassurance to its clients. McVay-McKinney quickly used her organizational skills to gather names, locations, and a wide variety of light-hearted gifts for each company, while remaining within the client’s budget.
This one project propelled Time To Spare into a custom gift provider over nearly the next decade. Retirements, births, marriages, new employees, condolences, promotions, and more became signature reasons to contact Time To Spare. Typical gifts were selected with the recipient’s interests in mind. It became similar to ordering flowers – clients provided the recipient contact information, interests, and budget. Time To Spare took it from there, once again providing extra time, while making a lasting impression for clients.
By 2005, McVay-McKinney realized her own need in purchasing the long list of school supplies for her now elementary school age daughter. By observing the rushed expressions of so many parents in the school supply aisles of local shops, she approached her daughter’s school principal and offered to create custom school supply kits for parents who wished to purchase them. Much to the relief of so many parents, this service grew rapidly in the community and was extended to private schools, as well.
The Teen Years
Early into the following decade, McVay-McKinney realized a need for a conference of her own to assist busy not for profit entities the ability to locate affordable, reliable event providers for their fundraising needs. The Akron Event Expo was quickly created and for several years, a one day supplier show was held to showcase caterers, florists, specialty rental items, venues, printers, and marketing firms to the local community.
During these years, McVay-McKinney herself continued to volunteer in a variety of local organizations. A founding member of Bath Business Association (a local chamber of commerce), McVay-McKinney held the positions of Vice President, Newsletter Chair, and Publicity Chair. She was an ambassador member of the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce, serving as a speaker at KNOW of Akron (Knowledgeable Network of Women) events, Women’s Network of Northeast Ohio, serving as the 2014 & 2015 Women of Achievement Event Planner, and Bath Volunteers for Service, serving in many leadership roles. She successfully co-chaired the 2009 Bath Home Tour. An active member of the Bath Church United Church of Christ, she served on the Youth Board and has been a Wonderful Wednesdays program instructor.
An active member of The American Cancer Society Cattle Baron’s Ball Diva committee for nine years, she held the position of Event Co-Chair, Auction Chair, Publicity Chair, and Table Captains Chair. She was (and continues to be) a volunteer for Stewart’s Caring Place, Cancer Wellness Center, where she served as the 2015 Butterfly Gala Co-Chair and 2016 Event Planner.
Time certainly changes everything! Despite all the professional accomplishments over the years, McVay-McKinney became a single mother following her devastating illness in the midst of those teen years. It was through her unshakable faith and the support of family and friends that she pulled through and continued a life full of promise. This same faith brought a long ago acquaintance back into her life and by late 2020, she married her one true love. Now Deborah McVay-Williams, she looks to the future of her transformed life fully acknowledging that all things are possible.
Hear her story through inspirational presentations and reading her books. Be sure to reach out to Ms. McVay-Williams when considering your next special event.
Throughout the years, Time To Spare continues to assist you in making a lasting impression, while providing you time to enjoy life!
Due to her extensive volunteer work, McVay-McKinney realized the growing need for her skills to best be utilized assisting area not-for-profit organizations in their fundraising goals. She transitioned away from custom gifts and school supply kits to focus her work in this area, growing Time To Spare into an LLC in 2011. By 2016, she went on to become the Clemson University Division of Inclusion & Equity Project Manager in South Carolina. Over the next five years, she assisted with creating and organizing a national conference dedicated to the advancement of under-represented students. Since its inception, the Men of Color National Summit conference grew from 1,600 to more than 2,200 attendees from across the United States with an annual budget of $700,000 raised each year. From 2015-2020, Time To Spare also assisted 32 non-profit organizations in raising nearly $10 million combined through their annual fundraising events; 250 private parties and events were also planned during these years. Time To Spare, LLC became an accredited business of the Better Business Bureau in 2018.
Another need became evident throughout these years to instruct others how to best utilize their time. Life management workshops have been conducted to share McVay-McKinney’s experiences to business, networking, community, and special interest groups throughout the years. Session topics include “Showing Kindness in Business,” “Achieving Balance in an Over-Scheduled World,” and “The Spirituality of Hope,” along with “Surviving Spring & Summer Effortlessly,” “Surviving the Holidays Stress-Free,” and “Fall Into Philanthropy.” She shared her belief in the power of prayer to an audience of 700 during the annual Love Akron Network fundraising event in 2018.
Additionally, with her volunteer work through schools, McVay-McKinney was approached by ScripType Publishing to write a monthly magazine column, “Unsung Heroes,” which showcased area youth performing good deeds. Five years later, she had published more than 275 articles, event coverage, & press releases on behalf of these youth and Time To Spare clients.
October, 2012 brought the publication of McVay-McKinney’s inspirational self-help book, “Whatever Works for You: A Working Woman’s Guide to Surviving a Busy Life While Maintaining Peace,” which landed on the publisher Inspiring Voices’ best seller list and was ranked #162,281 on Amazon.com by mid-December. Book reviews appeared in publications including The Akron Beacon Journal, Akron Life magazine and nationally as far away from Ohio as the Dallas/Ft. Worth Star Telegram. It can be purchased on-line internationally through a number of distributors including Amazon.com and BarnesandNoble.com, as well as directly through TimeToSpareLLC.com.
July, 2013, Time To Spare, LLC was awarded first place in the 10th Annual Akron Life Best of the City contest as 2013 Best of City Entrepreneur. Time To Spare, LLC owner Deborah McVay-McKinney was also chosen first place winner as 2013 Best of the City Author by reader’s votes. She is a graduate of Leadership Akron N.E.X.T. Class IV, where she is a member of the Alumni Association, assisting with a variety of events planning. McVay-McKinney served on the board of Bath Community Fund of Akron Community Foundation. Her work was featured in Currents of Cleveland, Ohio February 2017 issue, “Celebrating Women” and she was honored as a SHEro during the Women’s Endowment Fund of Akron Community Foundation, 2019 and 2020 for making a difference in the lives of others.
Eight years after her first book was released, McVay-McKinney published her second book, "One Thing At A Time." By December 2020, it was ranked #268, 907 out of nearly 23 million books for sale on Amazon.com and #546 in Medical Fiction, #6,521 in Family Life Fiction, and #9,398 in Religious Literature & Fiction categories. Positive reviews have been received by pastors, Cleveland Clinic doctors and nurses, Peabody Award recipient Joy Thomas Moore, and Uplift Upstate - You Tube, among others across the country. Her work was recognized as a "hidden gem" by Voyage Ohio magazine August 2022.