Dr. Deborah Ashton – Behavioral & Research Institute Leader

Dr. Deborah Ashton
Chief Psychologist, Head of the Behavioral & Research Practice DMBA

Dr. Deborah Ashton, Chief Psychologist for Diversity MBA, has over 25 years of cross-industry experience in human resources and D&I, including healthcare and global Fortune 500 experience. Dr. Ashton 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”. Dr. Ashton completed a postdoctoral internship at Harvard Medical School. She is a licensed clinical psychologist, in three states. Dr. Ashton specializes in organizational psychology, developing an inclusive workplace and mitigating implicit bias.

Dr. Ashton created the 360o Inclusion Leadership Profile TM (360o ILP) and the Inclusive Culture Inventory (ICI). The 360o 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 360o 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.

Dr. Ashton’s 2018 Diversity MBA article (Sexual Harassment! Echoing Resolve the Problems Before They Begin!) focuses on creating an inclusive, harassment free corporate culture. The Harvard Business Review, the Financial Times, International Labor Organization, various media and professional organizations recognize Dr. Ashton as a diversity and inclusion thought leader. Savoy Magazine named her as one of 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America. Dr. Ashton has published in the Harvard Business Review, Diversity MBA, Diversity Executive, Equity of Care-AHA, Institute for Diversity in Health Management-AHA, etc. 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. Dr. Ashton’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.

Dr. Ashton 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 & the Institute for Diversity – American Hospital Association and is certified in LaMarsh Master of Managed Change™. Dr. Ashton provides guidance and coaching on how to mitigate unconscious bias in the workplace and in talent management.