DEBORAH 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.
CULTURAL WISDOM Expert
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.
SOUTHERN -GLOBAL Coach
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.
As the former Research Coordinator of the College of Engineering and Computer Science of the U. of TN at Chattanooga (UTC), Deborah consulted on diversity recruitment and taught the soft skills of technical writing & communication, and edited articles for technical publications & conferences.
AWARD WINNING Author
The winner of a National Press Association Award, Deborah’s many cutting-edge BOOKS & RESOURCES .
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. She and her work have been featured in various outlets: Online Wall Street Journal, The Chicago Tribune, The Tulsa World, Lifestyle Entrepreneur, Chattanooga Times Free Press, and CSPAN BOOKTV.
Deborah is currently a contributor to The Huffington Post. and is the founder of the American Diversity Report.
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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.
AWARDS & HONORS
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.