Debra F. Williams

Board Member

pbsa accredited

Meet Debra

Debra F. Williams is Associate Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer for Wayne State University and President of Williams Collaborative, LLC

Debra Williams is a catalyst who influences transformation. She partners with boards, C-suite executives and leaders to align customer and employee experience to achieve sustainable business results. She also is a certified professional coach providing executive, leadership and business coaching to leaders across a wide range of industries. Her diverse career includes human resources and operations executive leadership and consulting roles in a broad range of industries and types of companies.

Passionate about community service, community engagement, and professional development, Williams has provided board leadership for numerous professional and nonprofit organizations, including the Detroit chapters of the Society for Human Resource Management and the National Association of African Americans in Human Resources, as well as the United Way of Allen County. She received the Athena Leadership Award in recognition of her professional excellence, community service and passion for assisting others in realizing their full leadership potential and is a 2018 recipient of the Michigan Chronicle’s Women of Excellence Award.

Williams earned her Master of Business Administration from Lawrence Technological University, where she also taught in the College of Graduate Management, and a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Wayne State University. She is a published author, and frequent lecturer, presenter, and keynote speaker.