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GSWNY Power List: Women Making HERstory – Dr. Deanna Kimbrel

Interview with Dr. Deanna Kimbrel, Chief Diversity Officer and Director of the Department of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for the County of Monroe

What is your passion? 

My passion is my contributions to making our society a place where everyone, no matter their background, has the ability to be seen, heard, and thrive.

Why is it important for young girls to develop leadership skills?

It is important that young girls develop leadership skills as they are the future of leadership and should be learning early on how to be authentic and courageous in using their VOICE to implement change. They should learn about the biases attached to being a woman in leadership and be given the tools to overcome those barriers.    

What 3 women do you admire most personally and professionally?   

  • My Mother-for being an everyday example of a strong woman
  • Michelle Obama- for exemplifying the perfection in imperfection
  • Bozoma St. John- for being a clear example of an authentic, courageous leader

Why do you believe this year’s Women’s History Month theme: “Providing Healing, Promoting Hope,” is important?  

This theme is more important now than ever as we all reemerge from the pandemic and the awakening around social justice in our Country. As we rebuild, we can reimagine what it means to be a leader worthy of opportunity and value in this Country.

“In the future, there will be no more female leaders, there will just be leaders”- Sheryl Sandberg.


Throughout March, GSWNY will be highlighting more local women making HERstory in the community. Celebrate Women’s History Month with us by sharing the stories of these incredible women who help make the world a better place!

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