Executive DirectorCompany: Diversity Best Practices
Role: DEF Session
Deborah Munster is the Executive Director of Diversity Best Practices, a division of Working Mother Media. Diversity Best Practices is a global member services organization for diversity and inclusion practitioners and forwarding-thinking employers to share best practices and develop innovative solutions for culture change. Through research, benchmarking, publications and events, Diversity Best Practices offers members information and strategies on how to implement, grow, measure and create first-in-class diversity programs.
Prior to joining the DBP team, Deborah was Vice President of Talent and Inclusion for the ADT Corporation, with responsibility in fostering a diverse and inclusive culture through the talent and employee engagement strategies. Her career in D&I spans over 25 years where as Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Merrill Lynch, she was noted for her diversity expertise, particularly in generational diversity, women’s programming, workplace flexibility, disability and employee networks. At JPMorganChase, Deborah led a global, organization-wide cultural change initiative, engaging over 60,000 employees in one year.
Deborah’s professional experience has included more than 20 years in the financial services industry. Prior to joining ADT, Deborah was the Director of Global Diversity and Inclusion at Merrill Lynch, where she was noted for her diversity expertise, particularly in generational diversity, women’s programming, workplace flexibility, disability and employee networks. She managed a $3mm endowment partnership with Columbia University, launching Greater Returns, a program dedicated to supporting women returning to the workforce. Her work and accomplishments have been noted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Working Mother magazine, Dow Jones and Silk Purse.
Over the course of 17 years at JPMorganChase, Deborah held a variety of roles including a role in Singapore as an Operations Manager and VP of Organizational Development and Employee Engagement. She was known for leading a global, organization-wide cultural change initiative, engaging over 60,000 employees in one year.
Deborah earned a B.S. in Finance at Lehigh University.
Deborah is passionate about dedicating her expertise to not-for-profit and community organizations including serving as Executive Secretary for Kidsbridge Tolerance Museum, volunteering as a travel soccer coach, lacrosse team manager, PTA Scholarship Chairperson. She has walked over 300 miles and helped raise more than $100,000 for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Research Foundation. She enjoys traveling, sports, cooking, and spending quality time with her husband and two daughters.