Deborah Dagit

<p>Deb Dagit is a sought-after consultant and speaker on the topics of diversity and inclusion, and created Deb Dagit Diversity LLC in 2013.&nbsp;</p>
Own Your Privilege and Power, Then Share It
President - Deb Dagit Diversity LLC


Using illustrative stories, Deb will demonstrate how successful executives are leaders who are comfortable in their own skin who are often humble, give others credit, and are willing to be vulnerable.  

Aspiring leaders need to shift their career strategy from “fake it until you make it” to seeing their individuality as an asset. The more someone is comfortable in their own skin, the more likely they are to reach their personal and professional objectives. It is vitally important for leaders to understand and leverage Marshall Goldsmith’s definition of “Mojo":

“That positive spirit toward what we are doing now that starts from the inside and radiates to the outside."

 This looks like:

  • even when tackling a daunting and vexing challenge, framing the situation in positive terms as an opportunity that merits attention
  • staying present, and not spending a lot of time on the history or the potential impact down the road, but focusing on the here and now
  • speaking from ones values, principles and heart, being true to oneself and the passion for the role played, and the mission of the company
  • owning privilege by acknowledging it exists, and recognizing you benefit from it.  This may be your skin color, gender, socio-economic status, academic successes, sexual orientation, ability, faith and/or parental status.



Deb Dagit is a sought-after consultant and speaker on the topics of diversity and inclusion. She started Deb Dagit Diversity LLC in 2013 to deliver the practical, just-in-time services and products she wished were available when she was a Chief Diversity Officer.

As Merck’s CDO for almost 12 years, Deb was responsible for global equal opportunity, employee relations, recruiting and staffing, and diversity and inclusion. Under her leadership, the company was recognized for its exemplary work in diversity and inclusion by a wide range of business publications, government agencies, and professional organizations.  Prior to joining Merck, Deb was the leader of Learning Communications and Diversity at Silicon Graphics and head of Strategic Cultural Initiatives for Sun Microsystems.

She played a key role in the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act through her lobbying efforts, and testified before the U.S. Senate Health Education Labor and Pensions Committee in 2011 regarding best practices for improving employment opportunities for people with disabilities. 

Deb is married and has 3 grown children.  She lives alongside a river where her husband enjoys fly fishing in rural New Jersey.

Watch Deborah's 'How Diversity Really Works' Talk Here