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The Global Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Benchmarks

2021 GDEIB Expert Panellists

Deborah Munster

Deborah Munster

Deborah Munster is the Executive Vice President of Seramount, formerly, Working Mother Media, and is responsible for People, Operations and Culture. In this role she has strategic oversight of Seramount Solutions, which includes Diversity Best Practices, consultancy, and learning businesses, as well and Insights (research and benchmarking) and Events. Prior to this role she served as Executive Director of Diversity Best Practices.  Under Deborah’s leadership, Diversity Best Practices grew over 100% to nearly 300 blue chip member companies. Previously, Deborah was Vice President of Talent and Inclusion for the ADT Corporation, with responsibility for fostering a diverse and inclusive culture through employee engagement and for developing and driving a global Talent and Leadership Development strategy. 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 $3 million dollar endowment partnership with Columbia University, launching Greater Returns, a program dedicated to supporting women returning to the workforce. Over the course of 17 years at JPMorganChase, Deborah led a global, organization-wide cultural change strategy engaging over 60,000 employees in one year. In addition to her numerous global speaking engagements, her work and accomplishments have been noted in the Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Working Mother magazine, HR Dive, MediaPlanet USA Today, Dow Jones and Silk Purse. Deborah earned a B.S. in Finance at Lehigh University. She is a passionate community activist, fundraiser and volunteer.  Deborah enjoys travelling, sports, cooking, and spending quality time with her husband and two daughters.