Debra Nelson

President, Elevate Communications

Debra was recognized for diversity leadership by Black Enterprise, Diversity Inc, Savoy, and Global Gaming Business magazines. Automotive journalists named her “Woman of the Year” for impacting diversity and inclusion in the automotive industry. She is an inductee of the Nevada Women’s Chamber of Commerce Hall of Fame, where she holds its highest honor, the Athena Award for Leadership. Among many other accolades, she received the “Woman of Distinction” award from the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO), Las Vegas Chapter. She currently serves on the boards of Noland Health Services, Inc. and WBHM Public Radio, and she is the immediate past chair of the Board of Visitors for the College of Communication and Information Sciences at the University of Alabama (UA). Previously, she served on the boards of the College of Southern Nevada Foundation, Boys & Girls Club of Las Vegas, William Patterson University Foundation, and the Las Vegas Urban League. She is a former member of the Executive Leadership Council (ELC).

Debra is a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated and the Birmingham (AL) Chapter of The Links, Incorporated, where she is the immediate past vice president. She is a graduate of Leadership Las Vegas and Leadership Birmingham.