Deborah Nations

As Interviewed by James K., on March 13, 2014
"CEOs need to realize that by not leveraging women at leadership levels, or throughout the organization, they're really only leveraging half the population."
Deborah Nations

Introductory Profile: About Deborah Nations

I interviewed Deborah Nations about her experiences in raising awareness about gender bias in the workplace. Deborah has had a very successful career in business. Throughout the interview, she expressed her belief that issues of gender equality will only be fixed when these issues are seen as business issues and not just “women’s issues.” As companies try to hire and retain the best and the brightest, they need to adopt strategies that take into account 100% of the available workforce, and not just half of it.

Deborah is a friendly, straight-forward, petite woman, with an easy-going manner. She graduated from the University of Texas with a degree in Advertising and Communications. She is married and has two daughters. She hopes her daughters will not have to experience gender bias when they enter the workforce. Deborah has worked for over 20 years in the fields of Advertising, Communications, and Corporate Culture. Most recently, she was the Director of Global Inclusion for an Austin-based technology firm. In that position, Deborah worked on developing programs to increase gender diversity and create a more inclusive environment for women in the workplace.

At first, I was a little nervous going into the interview, but we both relaxed as we got into the subject. Deborah is very articulate, and her answers were thoughtful and thorough. It became very clear that she is passionate about eliminating gender bias in the workplace, and that made the interview very engaging.

As Deborah rose to an executive level in the corporation, she realized she was often the only woman at the table. So, while gender discrimination looks very different than it might have 25 years ago, she feels strongly that unconscious bias still exists and needs to be addressed. Deborah gave me so much information on this subject that I did not just have fun conducting the interview, I also learned much more than I originally thought I would about gender bias in the workplace and the challenges women face!