About Deborah J. Levine

Deborah Levine, Editor-in-ChiefDEBORAH J. LEVINE is an award-winning author, keynoter and trainer/ coach. A pioneer in the cultural diversity field, she designs cross-cultural materials, diversity training workshops, and executive coaching programs. She has lived and studied in British Bermuda and worked in multiple regions of the US: Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York City, Tulsa, and Santa Cruz, CA.  Deborah Levine Enterprises, LLC is currently headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


Deborah’s diversity training strategies were field-tested in her projects in Chattanooga, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York City, and Tulsa.  She specializes in building diverse teams, developing leadership, and communicating with cultural competence  (See her textbook: Matrix Model Management System: Guide to Cross-Cultural Wisdom).

Deborah created  the Women’s Council on Diversity (now part of the international Lean In movement) and the DuPage Interfaith Resource Network (a cutting-edge model included in Harvard’s American Pluralism Project). Her latest book, Religious Diversity at Work: Guide to Religious Diversity in the US Workplace, is designed for HR and diversity professionals.  Deborah received the 2013 Champion of Diversity Award from diversitybusiness.com for her innovative diversity work.


Deborah’s cross-cultural coaching is tailored to meet the leadership development and diverse team building needs of each client. Her technique is based on the methodology of cultural anthropology, the implementation strategies of urban planning, and the engagement approach of Southern storytelling. Her book, Going Southern: The No-Mess Guide to Success in the South, combines culture, humor, and storytelling for expats & US transplants coming into the South. The book was featured nationally on CSPAN and bought in bulk by numerous corporations and colleges.

Clients: Deborah has served as a cross-cultural consultant, trainer, and coach for executives and diverse teams for corporate, government, non-profit, and education institutions including: Birmingham International Center, Volkswagen, Nissan, International Paper, Kimberly Clark, La-Z-Boy Inc., BlueCross BlueShield of TN, City of Chattanooga, Hamilton County TN Public Schools, Urban League/ Chattanooga, Fulbright Scholars of Alabama, Erlanger Health System, Colleges of Medicine in TN and AL, and the US National Parks Service.

AWARD WINNING Author & Coach

The winner of a National Press Association Award, Deborah’s articles are syndicated in local newspapers and appear internationally in the 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 various outlets: Online Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Tulsa World, Lifestyle Entrepreneur, and CSPAN BOOKTV. CLICK for Deborah’s many cutting-edge BOOKS  & RESOURCES .

Deborah is currently a contributor to The Huffington Post. and is the founder of the American Diversity Report. Click to see Deborah’s American Diversity report articles

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MA: Urban Planning & Policy. 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.


Deborah has received awards from the National Catholic Press Association, TN Economic Task Force on Women, American Planning Association/Chicago, and diversitybusiness.com. She was recruited to join the TN Advisory Committee of the US Global Leadership Coalition and the Diversity Advisory Task Force of Volkswagen Chattanooga.

2 thoughts on “About Deborah J. Levine”

  1. Hi Deborah,

    I spotted your welcoming comment on a webiste that listed academic journals on religious studies and you seemed willing to lending a helping hand.

    I’m considering getting a Masters Degree in Religious Studies somewhere outside the US (I’m interested in post-secular theology and how secularism and modern religion intersect) and have no idea where to begin. I got my bachelors in Anthropology so the “top schools” I know of might not be ideal for Religious Studies.

    Do you know a resource that might point me in the right direction of reputable universities with an anthropologically-bent Religious Studies program?


    1. Hi Michelle,
      I found that my BS in cultural anthropology was great preparation for my later religion studies. For much of my undergraduate work, I was in the major of folklore & Mythology which allowed me to design a course of study that also emphasized religion. I then designed the masters degree in urban planning to emphasize cultural planning and pushed it through the university system for approval. Degrees that combined anthropology, religion, cultural trends and planning didn’t exist then, and I doubt they exists now. So, you may also need to get creative.

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