1. LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT
“Deborah is a Change Agent, a thought leader. She was an advocate for diversity and inclusion long before it was popular, a current trend of events. It can be lonely at times doing this kind of work when others do not understand or get it. Seems like more people are getting it. She is a true pioneer. I am proud to call her my colleague and friend.”
~ Mauricio Velasquez, Diversity Training Group – President
“In my role as a Human Resources Manager, the training and cultural awareness of the Matrix Model Management training will allow me to relate to others as they would like without assuming what they want or need.”
~ Valoria Armstrong, TN American Water – CEO
“When Ms. Levine introduced her story methods and Matrix Model System, lights bulbs went off. Telling our stories breaks down barriers and lets us react on a different level.”
~ On-Line Wall Street Journal
“One of the most beneficial items I learned as part of the Global Leadership Class was using the art of storytelling as a conflict resolution tool. The Matrix Model System allows me to gauge my comfort level when interacting with others, and helps in making decisions that all those involved can agree on.”
~ David Ortiz, La Paz de Dios/Past President
2. CROSS-CULTURAL INCLUSION
“Deborah, is a lottery of cultural experience. Her ability to incorporate relevant storytelling with her wisdom makes her an ideal trainer or speaker for your events needing an expert on diversity. Whether as a panelist, keynote speaker, or workshop facilitator, if you want to have a positive impact on the cultural unconscious bias of your event, contact her, Deborah is the Dynamic Diva of Diversity!”
~ Vincent Phipps, M.A., CSP (Certified Speaking Professional)
“The Matrix Model Management System is an excellent tool, especially for team building, dealing with conflict and decision making, and Deborah’s incredible skill in utilizing this tool makes all the difference. Her work has become an invaluable part of the City of Chattanooga’s economic growth due to the combination of her leadership, willingness to serve, and her phenomenal skill with tools often used poorly by others.”
~ Rae Bond, Chattanooga & Hamilton County Medical Society /Executive Director
“The talk on Cultural Diversity at the Child Abuse conference was very informative and the Matrix Model System will equip our professionals and community member to handle different situations, always keeping diversity in mind. Child abuse knows no boundaries and affects children from all ethnic, cultural and socio-economic backgrounds.”
~ Renee Nail, Children’s Advocacy Center/ Executive Director
“Your guide, Inspire Your Inner Global Leader, has been very inspirational to all the students. The personal anecdotes and focus questions make the book relatable to everyone, and it has helped to learn even more about myself. Your support has been outstanding: I could not have done the Youth Global Leadership Class without you.”
~Nisha Boyington, Founder, Youth Global Leadership Class Chattanooga
“The stories in Inspire Your Inner Global Leader are riveting because they are written in a conversational stye… it’s as if the reader is hearing you tell it as opposed to reading it.”
~Dr. Mark Mendenhall, J. Burton Frierson Chair of Excellence in Business Leadership, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
3. GOING SOUTHERN
“It was a pleasure having Deborah Levine as the keynote speaker for our annual College of Liberal Arts Diversity Symposium, in March 2018. Deborah is, not only a charming and emphatic individual, but also well versed in the topic of interest to us here in the south, where we are starting to see a wonderful increase of international individuals and companies especially in the automotive industry. She gave useful tips and insights and was mindful in structuring her talk by starting with an academic/ intellectual context. She then brought up sociological/anthropological theories and finished with practical examples to connect well with our student attendees.
The reception showed that not only her talk resonated with the audience but that the speaker was well liked and her expertise appreciated. Students felt comfortable in asking questions and approaching the speaker afterward. Will definitely consider having Deborah back to our campus in the future.”
~ Dr. Giovanna Summerfield, Professor and Associate Dean for Educational Affairs. College of Liberal Arts: Auburn University.
“Deborah Levine has artfully written an enlightening book for new southerners. As well as learning from her book GOING SOUTHERN, I absolutely enjoyed reading it.”
~ Alnoor Dhanani, CEO/Owner of Double Cola Company USA
“Going Southern: The No-Mess Guide to the South is an entertaining as well as practical introduction for anyone who wants to live, work, play, and learn in the South. Ms. Levine’s own family history and background prepared her to view her adopted Southern culture with appreciation for its rich idiosyncrasies, its ancient roots, and its importance to the success of travelers and immigrants from other parts of the world. Her insights are warm and vital because she delivers them in an engaging storytelling style that is itself an example of Southern literary culture.”
~ Dr. Roger G. Brown, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga / Chancellor Emeritus
“Most books about cultures tend to present objective data about a region, then go on to describe the population in cultural dimensions, and then list the do’s and don’ts. Going Southern inclines to another approach and bases her insights on the history and attitudes of the South, particularly on the value of storytelling, showing how heritage enters everyday life. So the book becomes a collection of tales, both directly about the author’s experience, as well as about what others have learned by the first-hand experience of living and hearing tales told in the South. Out of this, then, come salutary “tips,” summary lists of behaviors both to do and to avoid.”
~ Dr. George F. Simons, Founder of diversophy.com
“In the old Southern tradition of telling stories, Deborah shares her magnificent knowledge and experience of the South with the unique kindness of the region. To me as a German part-time Southerner, her advice is worth gold.”
~ Beate Ziehres, Editor-in-chief of the German magazine, Regjo
4. SPIRITUALITY & RELIGIOUS DIVERSITY
“I want you to know how blown away everyone was with your presentation today. It was impeccable. You hit it out of the ball park. I don’t know if we’d had anybody who engaged the group like you did. The enthusiasm, the expression and animation, the eye contact. You were truly where you described – whether in college or in Bermuda. We were with you. That’s skill my friend. It’s always a pleasure to watch a pro at work. And a pro you are.
You are an inspiration to me and thousands of others around the world, many of whom you have not met. They know you and your heart from your books, articles and animated talks and presentations. People like you are consistently helping to make this world a better place for all. Keep living your dream and changing lives! ”
~ Glynn Hodges: Executive Director, John Maxwell Team.
“Thank you beyond words for this time we had together. Truly your wisdom – each piece of your education and experience and life have combined – with your teacher’s heart, healer’s spirit – to bring to us the core of working with diversity. You take us to the heart of the matter. You have given us wisdom and knowledge and tools that will only impact our ministry – it will touch, change and grow each of us. Thank You for Religious Diversity at Work!
~ Shari Hofstetter: Pennsylvania Chaplains Association Annual Conference
“The lessons in Teaching Curious Christians about Judaism provide a taste of Jewish life even if no Jews live in our neighborhood. The responsibility to build a relationship of mutual respect remains true today… The key to further growth is the education and formation of children and adults alike.”
~ Sr. Mary Ellen Coombe nds,: Former Director of the Office for Ecumenical & Interreligious Affairs, Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago
“If we are to live with our deepest differences and build a nation out of these differences, then we must learn about one another in our classrooms. The Religious Diversity in our Schools case study is good evidence that, when properly understood and applied, the religious liberty principles of the First Amendment protect the conscience of every parent and student.”
~ Dr. Charles C. Haynes: Director of the Religious Freedom Education Project at the Newseum
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AGENCIES & NONPROFITS
US National Parks Service, Erlanger Health System, City of Chattanooga Multicultural Affairs Office, BlueCross BlueShield of TN, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce, Birmingham International Center, Metropolitan Ministries of Chattanooga, Allied Arts (ArtsBuild),
National Assoc. of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), SE Assoc. of Social Workers, Assoc. of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, National Workshops on Christian-Jewish Relations, Parliament of the Worlds Religions, Hunstville Unity Conference, Seventh-day Adventist National Conference, Jewish Federations Annual Conference, Elmhurst College, United Methodist Midwest Regional Conference, Pennsylvania Chaplains Association, Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce.
Fulbright Scholars of Alabama, Auburn University, U. of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Southern Adventist University, Wheaton College, Chattanooga State Community College/Global Leadership program. Chattanooga Teen Global Leadership Class, University of TN at Chattanooga, Colleges of Medicine (Chattanooga, Birmingham), Public school systems (Tulsa, OK & Hamilton County, TN)