Deborah Dagit, M.S.
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About Deborah Dagit, M.S.
Deborah joined Merck as their Chief Diversity Officer in June 2001. She has had responsibility for global equal opportunity, employee relations, talent, OD and diversity & inclusion and transitioned in 2013 to lead Deb Dagit Diversity, a consulting firm that offers practical just-in-time resources, tools and support for diversity practitioners.
Under Ms. Dagit's leadership, organizations such as Diversityinc, Working Mother, the Families and Work Institute, the Department of Defense 2010 Freedom Award (Veterans), the 2005 Department of Labor New Freedom Award (People with Disabilities) and the Human Rights Campaign have recognized Merck for its exemplary work in diversity.
Ms. Dagit joined Merck from Silicon Graphics, Inc. where she was the leader of Learning Communications and Diversity since 1993. Prior to Silicon Graphics, Ms. Dagit was the leader of Strategic Cultural Initiatives for Sun Microsystems, Inc. from 1991 to 1993. She played a key role in the passage of the American with Disabilities Act through lobbying efforts in California and Washington, D.C.
Ms. Dagit earned a bachelor's degree in Psychology from Oregon State University, and conducted her master's coursework in Clinical Psychology at San Jose State University.