Bayhealth welcomed its first manager of diversity, equity, and inclusion in February.
Rejoining the health system in her new post (she served for seven years in accounting-related roles), Debbie Smith, MBA, brings experience in community affairs and engagement, as well as special training in diversity, equity, and inclusion.
In managing all things diversity, equity, and inclusion for the 4,000+ employee enterprise, she is developing and implementing a diversity, equity, and inclusion strategic roadmap/overall framework that aligns with the strategic goals of Bayhealth.
A North Carolina native, Ms. Smith made Delaware her home years ago when her husband was in the military. After he retired from the US Air Force, they both remained in the first state with their family.
In addition to her work at Bayhealth, she volunteers in the community, serving on the board of directors for Meals on Wheels Delaware, YMCA Dover, and the American Heart Association (supporting the Go Red for Women and STEM Goes Red events).
She was also appointed to the Governor’s Commission on Community and Volunteer Service by Gov. John Carney.
In addition, she serves on the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce Legislative Affairs Committee and is a committee member of Delaware’s Advancing Healthy Lifestyles initiative. She is also a member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Inc., and has served in various leadership positions with the Dover Alumnae Chapter.
With a Bachelor of Science in accounting from The University of Southern Mississippi and an MBA from Delaware State University, Ms. Smith went on to receive a certificate in diversity, equity, and inclusion from Cornell University in 2020. She also plans to pursue a Doctor of Business Administration degree.
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