Dr. Deborah Ashton
Executive Coach, Planet Perspective Founder | Equity Rising
Dr. Deborah Ashton is the President of Planet Perspective and the Founder of Equity Rising. She is a DEI strategist and consultant with 30+ years of cross-industry experience, specializing in assessing cultural and leadership effective inclusion, assisting organizations and leaders to be more effective in a diverse environment and advising boards on DEI and the SG of ESG. She was inducted into Inclusion Magazine’s 2021 D&I Hall of Fame and named as one of Savoy Magazine’s 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America. Dr. Ashton headed diversity and inclusion for Medtronic, Darden Restaurants, Harley-Davidson, Novant Health and Argonne National Laboratory. She serves as the Advisory Committee Board Member for Mill Road Progressive Governance Fund, Mill Road Capital. 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”. She was a post-doctoral clinical fellow at Harvard Medical School and received a NextGen Directors Program Certification, from UC Berkeley Executive Education & Directors Academy, Haas School of Business. She specializes in organizational psychology and mitigating unconscious and systemic biases in the workplace.
Coaching topic areas:
bias or stereotypes
team, or peer conflict
challenging organizational culture
lack of sponsors or mentors