About Deborah J. Levine

Deborah Levine, Editor-in-Chief

DEBORAH 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  in British Bermuda and worked /studied in multiple regions of the US: Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, New York City, Tulsa, and Santa Cruz, CA.  Deborah is currently headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

Deborah’s cross-cultural coaching  and workshops are tailored to meet the leadership development and diverse team building needs of international industries in the South and local executives doing business globally. 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: Deborah has served as a cross-cultural consultant, trainer, and coach for executives and diverse teams for corporations and nonprofits: Volkswagen, Nissan, International Paper, Kimberly Clark, La-Z-Boy Inc., BlueCross BlueShield of TN, Birmingham International Center, City of Chattanooga, Fulbright Scholars of Alabama. She has been a speaker for the Global Leadership program at Chattanooga State Community College and served as VP of Communication for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce’s International Council.

Deborah is a pioneer in Thought Diversity, developing leadership with flexible skills in communication, conflict management, and wise decision making in a diverse environment.  (See her textbook: Matrix Model Management System: Guide to Cross-Cultural Wisdom). Her technique is based on the principles of cultural anthropology, the implementation strategies of urban planning, and the leadership development methodology field-tested in the community-based Global Leadership course that she created.

 Her latest book, Religious Diversity at Work: Guide to Religious Diversity in the US Workplace, is designed for HR and diversity professionals. Deborah also hosts the ADR Podcasts which showcases interviews with national movers & shakers.

Clients: Deborah has been a coach, trainer, and speaker for multiple organizations and conferences: Unum Life Insurance of America, First TN Bank, SunTrust Bank, US National Parks Service, Erlanger Health System, Colleges of Medicine in TN and AL, Chambers of Commerce (Chattanooga, Birmingham), National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO),  and the Equity Forward Conference for the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Deborah established 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). Deborah specializes in coaching leadership in the planning of innovative inclusion projects. She guides them through the process of developing and articulate vision, mission, goals, and objectives as well determining the tasks, budget, timeline, and resources necessary for grant/contract application.

Clients: Deborah has worked with organizations onsite and online: North River Commission/City of Chicago, Globcal International, Chicago City Ballet, College of Engineering & Computer Science/ UTC, Love Without Reason, Inc., Dept. of Education, Arts & Culture/City of Chattanooga, and served as the VP of communication for the Chattanooga Area Chamber of Commerce International Council.

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 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.
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Deborah is currently a contributor to The Huffington Post and is the founder of the American Diversity Report.

• 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.

In addition to the awards received for her writing, Deborah has been recognized by the 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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