DEBORAH LEVINE is Editor-in-Chief of the American Diversity Report, an award-winning author of 15 books, and a Forbes Magazine Diversity And Inclusion Trailblazer. After a childhood in British Bermuda as the granddaughter of one of its Founding 400 and the only Jewish family to have lived on the island for 4 generations, Deborah worked, studied, presented, and coached across the U.S. She has overcome chronic pain and a near death experience in Uzbekistan and is currently headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee. Click to see her personal brand website, Diversity Futurist.
Deborah’s latest book, When Hate Groups March Down Main Street: Engaging a Community Response, is the culmination of decades of work with communities and organizations to understand and counteract hate groups. Beginning with her father who was a U.S. intelligence officer in World War II assigned to interrogate Nazi prisoners of war, her family has been dedicated tikkun olam (Hebrew for repair of the world). Deborah writes about him, including his wartime letters in her memoir, The Liberator’s Daughter. She speaks about his experiences and her own with neo-Nazis during her tenure at Tulsa’s Jewish Federation after the Oklahoma City bombing and more recently, online.
Clients: Diversity Retreat Beverly Hills, Hadassah Chattanooga, Southern Adventist University, Mastermind Networking, Holocaust Education/Chattanooga Sr. High School for the Arts & Sciences, Chattanooga, BlueCross BlueShield of TN, Jewish Federation of Rockford, IL.
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 book TV 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.
COMMUNITY BUILDING CONSULTANT
As a speaker, trainer and coach for Diversity & Inclusion, cross-cultural competence, and leadership development, Deborah has assisted education organizations: school districts, colleges, and universities as well as nonprofit boards and staff. She served as executive director to Jewish Federations, founded the nonprofit Women’s Council on Diversity, and designed a Teen Global Leadership class in partnership with Volkswagen Chattanooga . With her considerable experience in program planning, community interface, teaching and nonprofit management, she is able to boost the performance and broaden the scope of inclusion efforts on many levels.
Keynote Clients: Diversity Retreat/Beverly Hills, 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 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).
Community Clients: Urban League Chattanooga, public schools in Tennessee, Illinois, and Oklahoma, Metropolitan Ministries, Women’s Council on Diversity, DuPage Interfaith Resource Network.
Her experience in religious diversity spans 33 years beginning with coordinating the National Workshop on Christians and Jews, speaking at the 100th anniversary of World Parliament of Religions, 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 after the OK City bombing. She has published award-winning books on religious diversity for schools and the workplace. Through personal stories in her memoir, The Magic Marble Tree, Deborah also teaches the connection of spirituality, perseverance, and creativity.
Clients: National Association of Veterinarian Colleges, National Workshops on Christian-Jewish Relations, Parliament of World Religions, Huntsville Unity Conference, Seventh-day Adventist National Conference, Jewish Federations Annual Conference, Elmhurst College, United Methodist Mid-west Regional Conference, Erlanger Health System, and Pennsylvania Chaplains Association.
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. She has been a blogger with www.WorldAnglican.com, The Huffington Post, and an opinion columnist with The Chattanooga Times Free Press. Her historical memoir, The Liberator’s Daughter, was named a Finalist in the 2017 national Indie book competition. She has been nominated for the international 2020 Books for Peace Award.
Writing Clients: Chattanooga Writers Guild, University of Tennessee at Chattanooga College of Engineering & Computer Science, and coaching of individual memoir writers.
CLICK to see published work by Deborah Levine…
• 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.
AWARDS & HONORS
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, Diversity Task Force of Volkswagen, and a steering committee member of the Chattanooga Council Against Hate.