Dr. Deborah Ashton

President of Planet Perspective and the Founder of Equity Rising

Dr. Deborah Ashton is the President of Planet Perspective and the Founder of Equity Rising, promoting inclusion, social justice, and a bias-free work environment. She is a DEI strategist and consultant with 30+ years of cross-industry experience. Dr. Ashton serves as the Advisory Committee Board Member for Mill Road Progressive Governance Fund, Mill Road Capital.  She headed diversity and inclusion for Medtronic, Darden Restaurants, Harley-Davidson, Novant Health and Argonne National Laboratory. Dr. Ashton has presented to and advised Boards on DEI. She is the former Chief of Test Development and Validation for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Dr. Ashton, a licensed psychologist, received her doctorate from Harvard University and studied with Dr. Chester ‘Chet’ Pierce, who coined the term “microaggression”.   

Mentor Circle Topic: Creating a Culture of Belonging

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