Deborah “Deb” Augustine Elam is one of the country’s foremost experts in diversity, inclusion and leadership development and a fervent advocate for empowering women and diverse leaders. During her tenure at GE, Deb shattered the glass ceiling as the company’s first-ever Black female corporate officer. After a 30-year trailblazing career, she returned home to New Orleans, where her passion continues to fuel new ventures.

Through Corporate Playbook, Deb provides executive coaching and diversity strategy, while Dining with Deb delivers an innovative dining experience that brings together professional women across racial, religious, generational and political lines to drive meaningful connections and conversations. Recipient of numerous awards, Deb continues to inspire the next generation of leaders.