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Meet deb elam

President and CEO, Corporate Playbook™

 

As a corporate pioneer, Deborah Augustine Elam rose to the C-suite at GE as President of the GE Foundation and Chief Diversity Officer. Her thirty-year career has enabled her to launch a Strategic Solutions consulting firm, Corporate Playbook, an Executive Coaching and where she serves as President and CEO.

01. TRAILBLAZER

Elam made history when GE’s board of directors appointed her as the first-ever black female corporate officer, making her one of the most senior executive leaders in the company.

02. disrupts the status quo

The unprecedented launch of Dining with Deb™, an innovative dining experience that brings together professional women crossing racial, religious and political lines and driving meaningful connections and conversations.

03. accolades

Including but not limited to: one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Business; and one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy, the Women of Excellence Legacy Award by the National Association for Female Executives.

About Deb

Making History

A trailblazer in her own right, Elam made history when GE’s board of directors appointed her as the first-ever black female corporate officer, making her one of the most senior executive leaders in the company. Today she is one of the foremost experts and champions of leadership development, diversity, inclusion, and philanthropy. Corporate Playbook’s offerings of specialized executive coaching and the strategic development of leaders to advance their professional endeavors form the bedrock and culmination of Deb Elam’s life work.

Impacting All Women

She continues to disrupt the status quo, with the unprecedented launch of Dining with Deb™, an innovative dining experience that brings together professional women crossing racial, religious and political lines and driving meaningful connections and conversations. Deb’s ingenuity with Corporate Playbook™ and Dining with Deb™, have brought her before audiences across the country, speaking on the main stage, as well as into intimate conversations on leadership.

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Education & Accolades

An alumnus of Louisiana State University, Deb holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology. Her career catapulted after graduating from Southern University, where she earned a Master in Public Administration. For her steadfast contributions in diversity and philanthropy, she was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Science from Clarkson University in 2016.

Elam has earned a lifetime of accolades, including but not limited to: one of the 25 Most Influential Women in Business; and one of the 50 Most Powerful Women in Philanthropy. She is also a recipient of the Women of Excellence Legacy Award by the National Association for Female Executives, and a recipient of the Women of Power Award by the National Urban League.

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