Deborah Leff

Former Global Leader & CTO, Data Science and AI; IBM

Deborah Leff is a leading expert in outcome-driven business transformation. She is a proven advisor to senior executives on successfully identifying, prioritizing, and delivering on strategic AI initiatives that impact their most critical business objectives.
Currently, Deborah is an independent consultant, Advisor, Board Member, and frequently requested public speaker. She served as the Global Leader and Industry CTO of Data Science and AI at IBM. In this role, Deborah worked with senior leaders of Fortune 1000 companies, helping them gain critical insights from data to drive improved customer experience and optimized business operations.
Deborah joined the Advisory Board of in July 2019 and was subsequently appointed to their Board of Directors in August 2020. In this role, she focuses on the intersection of Human Capital Management and AI to develop strategies for eliminating bias in employee recruitment and retention, as well as leveraging AI to drive employee growth, development, and enhancing overall employee experiences. In addition, Deborah has built and run global sales teams and brings expertise in Sales Management and Sales Execution. Before joining IBM, she was the SVP of Business Development at Gypsii, a provider of geosocial networking applications and services, and was the VP of Sales at Kadient, Inc.
Deborah is a life-long learner, having updated her skills multiple times. In an effort to help the next generation learn to solve problems and think big, she founded Girls Who Solve in 2019. This STEM program was conceived as enrichment education designed to spark interest in technology and data science outside of coding. Deborah uses real-world examples and exercises to teach participants how technology allows us to solve problems, capitalize on opportunities, and impact our world in new ways. After only one year, this program is in high demand and she has been asked to replicate it in high schools across the country.

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