Dr. Deborah Ashton

Founder, Planet Perspective

Dr. Deborah P. Ashton, founder of Planet Perspective, has over 25 years of HR and D&I experience. She is the former Vice President, Chief Diversity Officer for Novant Health and has headed D&I at global and Fortune 500 companies—Medtronic, Harley-Davidson, and Darden Restaurants. Dr. Ashton is recognized as a thought leader on diversity and inclusion. She has presented at international conferences from Mexico to Australia. She is an executive mentor for Patina Solutions. Savoy Magazine named her as one of 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America.

Dr. Ashton designed the 360o Inclusion Leadership Profile TM, a leadership tool for assessing individual and organizational strengths and developmental needs for leading an inclusive and multicultural workforce. She has published in Harvard Business Review (online), Diversity Executive, Diversity MBA and other publications. The Financial Times published her webinar How HR Executives Can Help Close the Gender Pay Gap at the Workplace.

Under her tutelage, companies have been recognized by DiversityInc, Diversity MBA Magazine, The Executive Leadership Council, the Multicultural Foodservice and Hospitality Alliance, Human Rights Campaign and Fortune Magazine. Her strategic model, Six Pillars of Diversity and Inclusion TM, implementation at Novant Health was recognized by Equity of Care and by the Institute for Diversity of the American Hospital Association (AHA).

Dr. Ashton earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Clarke College. She earned a Ph.D. in clinical psychology and public practice from Harvard University and completed a postdoctoral internship at Harvard Medical School. She holds certificates in diversity management from Georgetown University & Institute for Diversity-AHA and in LaMarsh Master of Managed Change™. Dr. Ashton is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in unconscious /implicit bias in the workplace.