Deborah Ashton

Chief Psychologist

Company: Diversity MBA
Role: Session Presenter
Session: Diversity Recruiting Bootcamp (SEM-E)

Dr. Deborah Ashton, Chief Psychologist for Diversity MBA, has more than 25 years of cross-industry experience in human resources and D&I, including healthcare and global Fortune 500 experience. She earned her B.A. in psychology from Clarke College, and her Ph.D. in clinical psychology and public practice from Harvard University. At Harvard, she studied with Dr. Chester ‘Chet’ Pierce, who coined the term “microaggression.” Deborah completed a postdoctoral internship at Harvard Medical School, and she is a licensed clinical psychologist in three states. Harvard Business Review, Financial Times, the International Labor Organization, and other various media and professional organizations recognize her as a diversity and inclusion thought leader and Savoy Magazine named her as one of 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America.


Deborah specializes in organizational psychology, developing an inclusive workplace and mitigating implicit bias. She created the 360° Inclusion Leadership Profile™ (360° ILP) and the Inclusive Culture Inventory (ICI). The 360° ILP assesses individual and organizational strengths and developmental needs for leading an inclusive and multicultural workforce and for success in a dynamic and diverse market. The 360° ILP provides action plans to assist with individual development plans, executive coaching, workshops, and training. The ICI measures the inclusiveness of an organization’s environment and provides guidance to increase inclusion.

Deborah’s 2018 Diversity MBA article, “Sexual Harassment! Echoing Resolve the Problems Before They Begin!” focuses on creating an inclusive, harassment-free corporate culture. Deborah has published in Harvard Business Review, Diversity MBA, Diversity Executive, Equity of Care–American Hospital Association (AHA), and Institute for Diversity in Health Management–AHA, among others. Her Harvard Business Review articles are, “Does Race or Gender Matter More to Your Paycheck?” and, “What HR Can Do to Fix the Gender Pay Gap.” Deborah’s AHA articles addressed how to leverage diversity and inclusion to advance health equity, improve quality and eliminate healthcare disparities.

She has presented at international conferences from Mexico to Australia and was the head of diversity and inclusion for Medtronic, Darden Restaurants, Harley-Davidson, Novant Health and Argonne National Laboratory. She has a certificate in diversity management from Georgetown University and Institute for Diversity–AHA and is certified in LaMarsh Master of Managed Change™. Deborah provides guidance and coaching on how to mitigate unconscious bias in the workplace and in talent management.

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