Deborah is an award-winning author, cross-cultural coach, nonprofit consultant, and global leadership trainer. Her passion for cultural diversity work began early in the British colony of Bermuda and grew with her insertion into the New York City area. She has lived, studied, and worked in Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Tulsa, and Chattanooga. With degrees in cultural anthropology, urban planning, and arts administration, Deborah has decades of experience in managing projects and writing about them.
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AWARD-WINNING AUTHOR: Deborah is a blogger with The Huffington Post. Her writing spans decades of published
articles in The American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Public Management
& Social Policy, Bermudian Magazine, and The Harvard Divinity School Bulletin. Locally,
she writes for the Chattanooga Times Free Press and is syndicated in the Chattanooga
News Chronicle. Deborah received a National Press Association Award for her first
book which was taken to the Vatican as a gift for Pope Francis. Deborah is the former
Research Coordinator for the UTC College of
Engineering and Computer Science, teaching technical writing to local and international students. As Editor-in-chief of the American Diversity Report for the past decade, she gives writers of all ages and diverse cultures the opportunity to publish online and offer new perspectives to Diversity & Inclusion.
GLOBAL LEADERSHIP: Deborah created Chattanooga’s Global Leadership Class as a community service. Her
copyrighted textbook & workbook, Matrix Model Management System: Guide to Cross Cultural
Wisdom are the product of her field-testing storytelling methodology for leadership
development. Her handbook, Inspire Your Inner Global Leader, blends historic True
Stories for New Leaders with teaching tools for her Youth Global Leadership Classes.
Deborah has been a coach for expats coming into the South for almost a decade. She
has provided cross-cultural coaching for clients such as Volkswagen, International
Paper, Nissan, and Kimberly Clark. She is an advisor to the Birmingham International
Center and serves on the Tennessee Advisory Committee of the US Global Leadership
Coalition. Her book for New Southerners and those who work
with them was featured on CSPAN-BOOKTV. Going Southern: The No-Mess Guide to Success in the South combines history, humor, and storytelling for expats & US transplants.
CULTURAL DIVERSITY: As a Diversity Trainer, Deborah's clients have included government agencies from the federal to the municipal level, refugee service organizations, education associations, and healthcare institutions. She received the Champion of Diversity Award from diversitybusiness.com. Deborah created on DuPage Interfaith Resource Network (A model included in Harvard’s American Pluralism
Project.) and founded the Women’s Council on Diversity - now Chattanooga’s chapter of the Lean In movement (www.WomenGroundBrakers.com). She won awards from the TN Economic Task Force on Women and Girls Inc,/Chattanooga and has served on Volkswagen’s Diversity Council since its inception.
NONPROFIT CONSULTANT: Deborah has served as executive director, program director, long-range planner, media relations specialist, and development director for numerous nonprofits representing many industries: Chicago City Ballet, Jewish Federations of Chattanooga, Tulsa, and Rockford/IL. She taught nonprofit management at UTC and has assisted nonprofits in board relations, program planning, and advocacy projects.