Dr. Deborah Stroman is an enthusiastic entrepreneur and educator at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Virginia. She is a national speaker committed to real talk and strategies that engender intention, change, and innovation. Her instructional focus and experience lie in Equity, Entrepreneurship, and Sports Business leadership domains. Her company, SAAM LLC, provides consulting services for organizations (profit and nonprofit)purposed to drive institutional and community change.

Dr. Stroman’s doctoral studies in Leadership and Organizational Behavior blend with her activism and business and academic experiences to generate results. Services include keynote presentations, workshops, strategic and tactical planning, organizational audits, facilitation, listening sessions, and communications strategy. As a strong advocate for fairness and justice for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) communities, she is also a national trainer with Racial Equity Institute LLC, which provides historical context and a racial analysis to understand better and address structural racism. She co-authored Pro Inspire’s Self to Systems: Leading for Race Equity Impact model. She has a faculty appointment at the University of North Carolina at the prestigious Gillings School of Global Public Health. Her racial equity education expertise is applied as an instructor and advisor in the graduate concentration of Health Equity, Social Justice, and Human Rights.

In addition, she is the Senior Equity Advisor for the Lineberger Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Education Director of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Research Program (DEIR) for the Office of the Vice Chancellor for Research and The Odum Institute. Dr. Stroman designed and taught the first and only racial equity course for MBA students and has assisted in implementing racial equity workshops across campus (including the School of Medicine). At Virginia, she instructs in the graduate program for the Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy. A former NCAA DI basketball player and founder of the Center of Sports Business and Analytics, Dr. Stroman is a leading advocate for innovation and racial equity in higher education, the sports industry, and business in the United States.