Debra’s own career story drives her effectiveness as a thought partner.
Her experience includes leadership roles in for-profit and not-for-profit organizations, research at Harvard Business School for the award-winning book Breaking Through: The Making of Minority Executives in Corporate America (HBS Press), and author for national publications including Inc. and Forbes. While she led People Strategy for Cambridge Innovation Center, The Boston Globe profiled her outstanding ability to select and develop talented candidates. More recently Debra served on the MIT Sloan School of Management MBA Admissions Committee and directed admissions and career development for Leaders for Global Operations, the MIT dual-Master’s program in engineering and management.
Debra earned her BA in psychology and American Studies from Wellesley College and her MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management, where she was awarded the Miriam Sherburne Scholarship for leadership and community service. She is also trained as a mediator and ombudsman. Residing in Arlington, MA, she relishes time with her high-school-aged son and daughter.