cross cultural

Cross-cultural Expert

Deborah Levine   Deborah Levine is the founder of the Cross-cultural Academy and specializes in…


As a Global Leadership Trainer, Deborah provides cross-cultural workshops and coaching  in the US Southeast with clients such as Volkswagen Chattanooga, International Paper, Nissan, and Kimberly Clark. She was recently appointed to the Tennessee Advisory Committee of the US Global Leadership Coalition in part due to her development of a global leadership class for Chattanooga and its teenage version for area youth.

As a Keynote Speaker, Deborah shares her expertise and passion with civic organizations such as Kiwanis, Chambers of Commerce, and nonprofits ranging from community development groups to arts coalitions, women’s networks, and healthcare agencies. She is a frequent speaker on preparing for a culturally diverse future at conferences, universities, corporations, and international organizations, Deborah introduces her strategies based on the work of cultural anthropologist, Claude Levi- Strauss in her copyrighted textbook, Matrix Model Management System: Guide to Cross-Cultural Wisdom. 


As a Diversity Trainer, Deborah’s clients have included government agencies from the federal to the municipal level, refugee service organizations, and healthcare institutions. Deborah received the 2013 Champion of Diversity Award from As Founder/Editor of American Diversity Report, she gives diverse writers the opportunity to bring new perspectives to the field of Diversity & Inclusion. Her own writing about cultural diversity spans decades of published articles appearing in The American Journal of Community Psychology, Journal of Public Management & Social Policy, The Bermudian Magazine, and The Bermuda Journal of Maritime Archaeology.


As a Going Southern Coach, Deborah combines history, humor, and storytelling inn her training of New Southerners: expats & US transplants. She shares her acculturation work and her personal journey relocating to the South almost 20 years ago in her book, Going Southern: No Mess Guide to Success in the South. As a civic leader in the South, Deborah has won awards from TN Economic Task Force on Women and Girls Inc. Chattanooga. Her community work includes: community correspondent for The Chattanooga Times Free Press, diversity trainer for the East Ridge TN Leadership Class, board member for numerous nonprofit and professional organizations, membership on Volkswagen’s Diversity Council, and community liaison for the City of Chattanooga Readers & wRiters Book Fair.