Committed. This is the word that best describes Deborah Whitfield.
Deborah has made the City of Lawrence her home for over twenty years. She and her late husband raised their two children in Lawrence and both graduated from schools in the township.
For more than twenty years, she devoted her career to developing strong leadership in the healthcare industry in Indianapolis. As the Diversity Director, she’s worked to implement programs that bring understanding and inclusivity – these efforts are prime examples of her passion to spread awareness.
Deborah enjoys facilitating and managing expansive organizational initiatives to ensure that care and work environments are welcoming, comfortable and safe for diverse populations. She’s learned how to introduce policies and programs that support an organization’s vision and philosophy. She has also become adept at identifying internal and external best practices and helping companies spread this knowledge to their stakeholders.
Deborah is a 2008 Lacy Leadership graduate of the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD), an interactive, hands-on leadership training series that focuses on the skills necessary to be an effective communicator, facilitator and problem solver. In 2007, she was a participant in the Diversity Leadership Academy of Greater Indianapolis, which is an American Institute for Managing Diversity program. In 2005, Deborah attended the United Way of Indianapolis’ Leadership Training and Development course.
These transformative academic and operational experiences have equipped her with the knowledge, tools and passion to initiate change within the Lawrence township and its surrounding markets. Deborah is also a past member of the National Council for Negro Women whose mission is to lead, develop and advocate for women of African descendent as they support their families and communities. Deborah also belonged to the National Coalition of 100 Black Women with the distinct purpose of meeting the needs of its members and empowering women.
Deborah has held several board member positions, including the former Urban YMCA, now the Avondale Meadows YMCA. She is also a previous board member of Martin University, whose school philosophy is that higher education must be made available to all who can benefit. She currently serves on the board of the Metropolitan Indianapolis-Central Indiana Area Health Education Center (MICI-AHEC) representing Community Health Network. MICI-AHEC helps educate citizens about common health issues and works to provide quality service. Additionally, the organization addresses the workforce needs of medically underserved populations by establishing partnerships between the institutions that train health professionals and the communities that need them most.
As she looks to the city’s goals, she commits to fighting for major projects and infrastructure improvements that will foster community re-growth, increase finances and develop strategic planning.
Deborah has never met a stranger and enjoys learning the intricate stories of every new face she meets.
I’m fighting for safety on our streets, so our children can grow up in peaceful neighborhoods and develop into productive and contributing members of society. I’ll work closely with our city’s leadership to support our teachers and schools, so our children get the education they deserve. Most importantly, commitment is what I’ll bring to the community. A listening ear, a strategic thinker and problem solver, a neighbor on the front line working with and for our Lawrence Community. That’s my unbreakable promise to you.
Deborah attended the United Way of Indianapolis’ Leadership Training and Development course
Deborah was a participant in the Diversity Leadership Academy of Greater Indianapolis, an American Institute for Managing Diversity program
Lacy Leadership graduate of the Leadership Education and Development (LEAD), an interactive, hands-on leadership training series that focuses on the skills necessary to be an effective communicator, facilitator and problem solver.