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Deborah Elam

Functional Expertise: Strategic HR & DEI

Deborah Elam (Deb) is a visionary senior executive and one of the country’s foremost experts in diversity. Deb was GE’s first-ever black female corporate officer and she’s currently the President and CEO of Corporate Playbook™, a company that provides leaders with strategic direction to elevate diversity, inclusion, philanthropy, and culture in the workplace.

A former board member at Lucid, Deb currently serves on the board of directors of DJE Holdings (Edelman), the New Orleans Culinary and Hospitality Institute and the Louisiana State University Foundation. She was appointed to the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) Advisory Committee on Diversity and Digital Empowerment (ACDDE). Deb is also a member of the National Black MBA Association, Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated and The Links, Incorporated.

Deb received a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology, from Louisiana State University and a Master of Public Administration, from Southern University in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. She was also awarded an Honorary Doctor of Science from Clarkson University in Potsdam, New York.