Deborah Gray Young
Power Network Leader

Twitter @CoachDGrayYoung

Deborah Gray-Young is the managing partner of D., Inc. a consulting firm that provides strategic communications planning and training for marketers and media companies that communicate with multicultural audiences. An award-winning marketing communications professional, she is a former vice president of the leading multicultural advertising agency where she led the strategy and investment teams for the agency’s largest account. Over the course of her career she has lead cross-platform media strategy and investment teams on major Fortune 500 brands including Toyota, Wal-Mart, Tyson Foods, American Family Insurance, General Mills and McDonald’s. Highly regarded by colleagues, peers and clients, Deborah is known for her strategic foresight and ability to connect the dots. She has a keen sense for what will work and what is likely to be short lived. She is frequently sought out by CEOs of media companies, network and content producers, print and digital publishers and senior advertising sales executives for her point of view and counsel on marketplace conditions and strategies including viable concepts. As well, her insight has been sought by major business and industry trade publications including the Wall Street Journal, USA Today, the Washington Post, Black Enterprise and more. Deborah is the former chairperson of the 4 A’s (American Association of Advertising Agencies) Multicultural Media Committee. She was also an inaugural appointee to Nielsen’s external African American Advisory Council and served 11 years. In that role she, along with colleagues of the Latino and Asian Pacific Islander councils, provided counsel to the CEO, CDO and executive leadership on workforce recruitment and retention of ethnic and racially diverse associates. Deborah is also an ICF accredited coach working primarily with professional women of color to help them better manage their personal and professional brands to achieve their next levels of success. She has been retained by Fortune 500 corporations and non-profit organizations to assist senior and emerging executive women strengthen their political savvy and relationships with key stakeholders. She is a member of the International Coach Federation (ICF) and serves on the Board of Directors of the Chicago chapter. She is a mentor coach for the Black Career Women’s Network and a mentor for Coalesce (formerly MAFA Chicago), a resource organization for young marketing, advertising and communications professionals.