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Deborah Levine is an award-winning, best-selling author. As Editor of the American Diversity Report, received the 2013 Champion of Diversity Award from and the Excellence Award from the Tennessee Economic Council on Women. Her writing about cultural diversity spans decades with articles published in The American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Public Management & Social Policy, The Bermudian Magazine, and The Harvard Divinity School Bulletin. She earned a National Press Association Award, is a Blogger with The Huffington Post, and is featured on C-Span/ BookTV.

David Grinberg: Hurricanes, Terrorism, & the Media

David GrinbergDavid B. Grinberg is a strategic communications expert, brand ambassador, and featured blogger. His 25-years of work experience includes The White House, Congress (Office of House Majority Leader), Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC).

Deborah Levine interviews David about his media management work during Hurricane Katrina, the Oklahoma City bombing, and the destruction of NYC Twin Towers on 9/11. David  shares his federal experience as well as his advice for the private sector.

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Leadership in Our Challenging Times – by Deborah Levine

I often hear that leadership is greatly needed in these challenging times. But what does leadership mean? Is it a matter of personality? Is leadership defined by mission and goals? Are leaders inspirational figures who leave the nuts and bolts to others? The more we try to define leadership, the more the concept undefinable. “There are almost as many definitions of leadership as there are persons who have attempted to define the concept,” said Ralph Stogdill, a Professor of Management Science and Psychology known for his research and publications on the Personal Factors Associated with Leadership.

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The Liberator’s Daughter Writes Post-Charlottesville – by Deborah Levine

Much has changed since Charlottesville including a sharper focus on extremism in America. For better or worse, my father’s World War II letters are now more relevant than they’ve been in decades. He wrote to my mother when he was a military intelligence officer deployed to France, Belgium, and Germany. Towards the end of the war, he was assigned to interrogate Nazi prisoners of war and saw more than one death camp in the process. He wrote about  liberating one of those camps, a rarity in historical documents.

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Interview with Kim Wayans: Comedian & Advocate – by Deborah Levine

Kim is a key member of the Wayans clan that created TV’s In Living Color. The ten Wayans siblings grew up poor in New York City’s Chelsea neighborhood. Elvira, Kim’s mother, was a homemaker and social worker who took the kids everywhere, no nannies, and no babysitter. Their father was a supermarket manager and the Jehovah’s Witness in the family. With no background in the entertainment business and little money, the Wayans’ success is an unlikely story.

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Mother’s & Father’s Day When They’re Gone – by Deborah Levine

Mother’s Day and Father’s Day are great American traditions, but I’m not sure I like them. Unhappily, I have a really big problem with these days because I don’t have the goods. My mother and grandmother who were such loving figures in my life are gone. My father, who I take after in so many ways, is gone, too. I’m feeling a bit sorry for myself.  My children live far away but will no doubt call or send a card. I’m grateful for their love but I would really like to call my own parents. Just knowing they were around made life balanced and feel more secure.

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Alison Gerber:  Editor of The Chattanooga Times Free Press

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Alison Gerber. August 2, 2016.

Ms. Gerber is Editor and Director of Content at Chattanooga’s daily newspaper, The Times Free Press. She manages a newsroom of 75 people who produce a daily newspaper, three magazines, and five weekly community newspapers. Alison serves on the boards of the Tennessee Coalition for Open Government and the Associated Press Media Editors.

The newspaper recently launched an initiative proposed by the Mayor’s Council for Women in partnership with Chattanooga Women’s Leadership Institute (CWLI) where prominent women in the community contribute articles to the business section. The Times Free Press has been recognized with awards including the Tennessee Press Association’s top honor for the past three years. The paper was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in three of the last five years.

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Tracking the Rise of Terrorism – by Deborah Levine

The recent bombing at a popular music performance in Manchester, England, is yet another in a series of terrorism incidents plaguing civilization with increasing frequency. In 2008, I wrote about how the severe economic downturn we were experiencing would have as a byproduct an increase in random violence. When people feel they have little to lose, they lose their socialization.  I predicted years ago that we would see a rise in gang-related violence, domestic violence, and opportunistic kidnapping and theft. Such incidences are indeed filling the news, parallel to the rise of terrorism itself.

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Letter Home from WW II Soldier – Courtesy of Deborah Levine

On special occasions, Veterans & Memorial Day, I reread this letter from a young soldier, my father, Aaron Levine. On the verge of being deployed to Europe during World War II, he wrote this 1944 note. He writes his pregnant wife who came to NYC to see him off, but missed him.  My father didn’t see his son until he was one year old. Aaron Levine passed away at age 84 and worked on community projects even on his death bed. 
 Literary, practical, loving, and methodical, here is his good-bye letter …

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