Award-winning author of 14 books and Forbes Magazine Diversity & Inclusion Trailblazer. Deborah is a coach, speaker and change agent having created the duPage/Chicago Interfaith Resource Network and Women's Council on Diversity. She's Editor of & a newspaper columnist.


  • Thought Leadership Coach

    at Societal Ethnographer

    July 2011 - at Present


    Coach, consultant, trainer for thought leadership, creativity, and innovation.

  • Cross-cultural Consultant

    at Global LT

    March 2011 - at Present


    I coach executives coming into the Southeastern US in cross-cultural communication. My clients have included Volkswagen, Nissan, International Paper, Kimberly-Clark, and Siemens.

  • Editor-in-Chief

    at American Diversity Report

    May 2006 - at Present


    I am the Founder and Editor-in-Chief of the online magazine, American Diversity Report. Dozens of writers from around the world have contributed hundreds of articles to the ADR. A recent addition is the Diversity Report Podcasts, for which I am the host.

  • Founder, Exec. Director

    at Women's Council on Diversity

    August 2001 - December 2016


    The Women's Council on Diversity was a diverse coalition in the US Southeast that became the Chattanooga chapter of Lean In - Women GroundBreakers. I led the group in a community-wide Global Leadership Class and a Women's History Month Storytelling event. The stories are now online available for classroom instruction. .

  • Research Coordinator

    at College of Engineering & Computer Science/University of Tennessee at Chattanooga

    July 2014 - July 2015


    Assisted faculty in publishing for professional journals and writing narratives for grant applications. Taught and coached students technical writing. Designed the technical writing curriculum for the college.

  • Executive Director

    at Jewish Federations

    August 1992 - December 2001


    Served as non-profit executive for Jewish Federations in Illinois, Oklahoma, and Tennessee. Coordinated the design & building of the Jewish Cultural Center in TN..

  • Founder, Executive Director

    at DuPage Interfaith Resource Network

    September 1990 - September 1994


    Founder of DIRN - a model for community interfaith coalitions around the country that was featured at the Parliament for the World Religions.

  • Interfaith Consultant

    at American Jewish Committee

    August 1984 - December 1990


    I served as the Chicago Director for Interreligious Affairs, coordinator of the National Workshop on Christian Jewish Relations, and writer for the national headquarters.

  • Urban Planning Consultant

    at North River Commission

    February 1989 - March 1990


    Designed & coordinated community input for transforming abandoned facilities into an arts district for the North River Commission and City of Chicago..

  • Artistic Director

    at Harlequinade Dance Company

    January 1973 - December 1982


    I was Founder and Artistic Director of a Baroque Dance Company as well as a ballet studio and a dance outreach program for the deaf.

  • Research Correspondent

    at Chemical Bank

    January 1968 - August 1970

    New York

    Writer/customer relations at Chemical Bank headquarters in NYC.


  • Research Fellowship

    at American Jewish Archives

    1997 - 1998 (1 year) Ohio

  • MA: Religious Studies

    at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies

    1991 - 1993 (2 years) Illinois

  • Masters of Religion

    at Spertus Institute of Jewish Studies

    1991 - 1993 (2 years) Illinois

  • Arts Administration

    at University of Illinois at Chicago

    1982 - 1983 (1 year) Illinois

  • MA: Urban Planning & Policy

    at University of Illinois at Chicago

    1981 - 1983 (2 years) Illinois

  • Masters of Urban Planning & Policy

    at U. of Illinois at Chicago

    1981 - 1983 (2 years) Illinois

  • Research Fellowship

    at UCLA

    1980 - 1981 (1 year) California

  • BS Cultural Anthropology

    at New York University

    1970 - 1972 (2 years) New York

  • BS: Cultural Anthropology

    at New York University

    1969 - 1970 (1 year) New York

  • Folklore & Mythology - Cultural Anthropology

    at Harvard University

    1966 - 1969 (3 years) Massachusetts

Services offered

  • Leadership Coaching

    Social entrepreneurship - coaching to make a difference.

  • Speaker

    Speaker on How to Write Your Story.


  • English Native

  • Russian Elementary

  • French Conversation

  • Hebrew Conversation

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