About Deborah Levine

Deborah Levine
Deborah J. Levine, Editor-in-Chief

DEBORAH J. LEVINE is an award-winning author of 13 books, keynoter, and coach.  With degrees in Cultural Anthropology, Urban Planning, and Religion, she is a pioneer in Thought Diversity & Leadership. Deborah grew up in British Bermuda and has worked  across the US: Birmingham, Boston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Huntsville, Nashville, New York City, Orlando, Tulsa, and Santa Cruz.  She is currently headquartered in Chattanooga, Tennessee.


The cornerstone of Deborah’s cutting edge work is Thought Diversity and her copyrighted textbook, Matrix Model Management System. The Matrix System is an interactive tool kit using the Storytelling Matrix , Conflict-Comfort Matrix, and Wise Decision-Making Matrix.  The Matrix System develops  leaders and builds innovative teams while maximizing the power of cultural differences of race, ethnicity, gender, generation, and religion. The current version of the Matrix System is the Un-Bias Guide Series for Leaders & Educators.

Clients: Deborah Levine 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, National Assoc. of Women Business Owners (NAWBO),  SE Assoc. of Social Workers, and the City of Chattanooga.


Deborah Levine’s cross-cultural coaching  and workshops are tailored for leadership development and diverse team building 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, 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.


Deborah Levine’s experience as a diversity consultant, cross-cultural speaker, and global leadership trainer includes multiple education organizations: school districts, colleges, nonprofits, and universities. She keynotes, conducts diversity workshops, provides teacher training, and facilitates planning sessions.

Clients:  She has been a speaker for the 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 has also done diversity training for public schools in Tennessee, Illinois, and Oklahoma.


Deborah Levine’s experience in religious diversity spans thirty years beginning with coordinating the National Workshop on Christians ad Jews. She served as executive director for Jewish Federations in Illinois and Tennessee and as director of community relations for the Tulsa Federation. She established the Women’s Council on Diversity  and the DuPage Interfaith Resource Network. Deborah explains how she came to work in this field with 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.

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 and its Editor-in-Chief.

• 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 with awards by the TN Economic Task Force on Women, American Planning Association/Chicago, and was named Champion of Diversity by diversitybusiness.com. She serves on the TN Advisory Committee of the US Global Leadership Coalition and the Diversity Advisory Task Force of Volkswagen Chattanooga.

2 thoughts on “About Deborah 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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