Editor-in-Chief: Deborah Levine

Deborah Levine
Deborah Levine

DEBORAH LEVINE is Editor-in-Chief of the American Diversity Report and an award-winning author of 14 books. Her work  focuses on Thought Leadership, Cultural Competence, and the Innovative Spirit. While she grew up in British Bermuda, Deborah has worked & studied  across the US. As a result, she became an inclusion pioneer and is headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Her work reflects the city’s evolution into a hub for international business.


The cornerstone of her  innovative  work is the Matrix Model Management System.  This interactive tool kit deploys the Storytelling Matrix , Conflict-Comfort Matrix, and Wise Decision-Making Matrix.  The System develops thought leaders and builds innovative teams.  While maximizing the assets of cultural differences, the System  boosts emotional intelligence around race, ethnicity, gender, generation, and religion. The current version of the Matrix System is the Un-Bias Guide Series for Leaders & Educators.

Clients: Unum Life Insurance of America, First TN Bank, SunTrust Bank, US National Parks Service, Erlanger Health System, National Assoc. of Women Business Owners (NAWBO),  SE Assoc. of Social Workers, Metropolitan Ministries, and the City of Chattanooga.


Deborah’s cross-cultural coaching and workshops are tailored for  the Global-Southern connection. Using the engaging style of Southern storytelling, her book, Going Southern: The No-Mess Guide to Success in the South, combines culture, humor, and tips for expats & US transplants coming into the South and those who work with them. The book was featured nationally on CSPAN and is often bought in bulk.

Clients: Volkswagen, Nissan, International Paper, Kimberly Clark, La-Z-Boy Inc., BlueCross BlueShield of TN, Birmingham International Center, Chambers of Commerce (Chattanooga and Birmingham), and the Birmingham International Center. Deborah served as VP of Communication for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s International Council.


As an inclusion pioneer, diversity consultant, cross-cultural speaker, and global leadership trainer, her focus includes education organizations: school districts, colleges, nonprofits, and universities. She keynotes, conducts diversity workshops, provides teacher training, and facilitates planning sessions.

Clients: Fulbright Scholars of Alabama, Auburn University, the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, Southern Adventist University, Wheaton College, and the Global Leadership program at Chattanooga State Community College. She designed a Teen Global Leadership class for Chattanooga students and in partnership with Volkswagen for Chattanooga ‘s Urban League. She has given workshops for the Assoc. of American Veterinary Medical Colleges, the Equity Forward Conference/University of TN at Chattanooga and Colleges of Medicine (Chattanooga, Birmingham). Deborah also created diversity training for public schools in Tennessee, Illinois, and Oklahoma.


Her experience in religious diversity spans 33 years beginning with coordinating the National Workshop on Christians and Jews and serving as consultant to the Union of American Hebrew Congregations. She was executive director for Jewish Federations in Illinois and Tennessee and director of community relations for the Tulsa Jewish Federation. Deborah established the Women’s Council on Diversity  and the DuPage Interfaith Resource Network. Her book, The Liberator’s Daughter, which was a Memoir Finalist in the 2017 Indie Book national competition. She has been a blogger with www.WorldAnglican.com and The Huffington Post.

Clients:  National Association of Veterinarian 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 Mid-west Regional Conference, Erlanger Health System, Pennsylvania Chaplains Association,  and Assoc. of American Veterinary Medical Colleges.


Through personal stories in her memoir, The Magic Marble Tree,  Deborah teaches the connection of spirituality, creativity, and entrepreneurship.


The winner of a National Press Association Award, her articles are syndicated in local newspapers and appear internationally. Publications include: European Women in Construction & Engineering, Harvard Divinity School Bulletin, The Bermudian Magazine, The Journal of Ecumenical Studies, and Journal of Public Management & Social Policy. Her work has been featured in major media outlets: Online Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Tulsa World, Lifestyle Entrepreneur, and CSPAN BOOKTV.  Her historical memoir, The Liberator’s Daughter, was named a Finalist in the 2017 national Indie book competition.

In addition, she is the Founder of the American Diversity Report, its Editor-in-Chief, and an opinion columnist with The Chattanooga Times Free Press.

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• MA: Urban Planning & Policy. University of Illinois at Chicago, 1993.
• MA: Religious Studies. Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies. 1991.

  • Arts Administration Certificate. University of Illinois at Chicago, 1993.
  • BS: Cultural Anthropology. New York University, 1971. (coursework at Harvard University & Harvard Divinity School.)
  • Research Fellowship: William Andrews Clark Library. UCLA, 1982.


In addition to the awards received for her writing, she has been recognized by the TN Economic Task Force on Women, and American Planning Association/Chicago. She was named Champion of Diversity by diversitybusiness.com. Deborah is an Advisor to the US Global Leadership Coalition and the Diversity Task Force of Volkswagen Chattanooga.

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