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Posted March 9, 2016 by Editorial Staff in Business
 
 

[PROFILE] In 25 Words or Less: Deborah Watson (Organization Leader: Business)

Deborah Watson
Deborah Watson

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Posted: March 9, 2016

ORGANIZATION LEADER | NATIONAL BLACK MBA ASSOCIATION (SAN FRANCISCO BAY AREA CHAPTER)
THE BASICS
Name: Deborah Watson
Age: Old enough • Status: Married • Kids: Yes
Place of Birth: Houston, TX • Raised: San Francisco, CA
Professional Background: Global logistics and supply chain professional with extensive experience in import/export/transportation/rate negotiations/project and “people” management.
What achievement or position are you most known for? For this particular discussion: President of the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the National Black MBA Association Inc.
Contact/Follow: WebsiteEmailFacebookTwitter
25 WORDS OR LESS: WORK
Job(s) held that is most unlike what I currently do now: Berkeley Parent Advocate and PCAD (Parents of Children of African Descent) (2000-2004) Steering Committee Member).
Field #1: Non Profit, Professional Organization, Business
Yrs of Experience: 4
Title: Chapter President
Organization: San Francisco Bay Area National Black MBA Association (NBMBAA) • Hayward, CA
What it does and what I do: Support economic and intellectual growth for African Americans through Partnerships (an MBA is not required. Please join us!
Current Big Project: High School, College Scholarship Awards Gala on May 14, 2016.
Staffing/Resource Needs: Volunteers for Chapter leadership; 2016 Gala planning/execution.
Field #2: Global Logistics/Trade Compliance/Supply Chain/Project Management
Title: Global Supply Chain Logistician/Analyst
Yrs of Experience: 20+
Company: Varian Medical Systems, Inc. – Palo Alto
What it does and what I do: “Equips the world with new tools for fighting cancer.” Manage transportation procurement,logistics activities. Collaborate with channel partners,suppliers, intermediaries, third party service providers, customers.
Current Big Project: Various cost savings initiatives.
Staffing/Resource Needs: N/A
Additional Positions: Secretary; VP of Administration (SF Bay Area Chapter, NBMBAA)
Additional Organizations: Project Management Institute; Acts Full Gospel Church Healthy Temple Ministry
25 WORDS OR LESS: PROFESSIONAL PERSPECTIVE
Significant Challenge: Geographic distances within our member base. Goals is to provide professional support to everyone, but need more volunteers, corporate, and community partnerships.
Significant Mistake/Regret: N/A.
Significant Accomplishment: San Francisco Bay Area Chapter’s accomplishment of 40% Chapter Membership growth in 2015; great support and engagement from corporate and “in-kind” partners.
Biggest Strength(s): Faith in God
Biggest Weakness(es): Limited time to “do everything,” on the list of “to-do’s.”
Career Advice: “Walk the talk.”
25 WORDS OR LESS: PERSONAL PERSPECTIVE
Significant Challenge: Acquisition of needed resources to accomplish San Francisco Bay Area Chapter goals.
Significant Accomplishment: Being a Wife, Mom, Sister, Family Member, Friend and Advocate for others.
Life Advice: Remain focused and positive, no matter what.
25 WORDS OR LESS: OFF THE TOP
Trait(s) most admired in others: Humility, honesty, commitment, and integrity.
Some causes/organizations I support: Leaders of Tomorrow (LOT) Youth Mentor Program through the San Francisco Bay Area Chapter of the NBMBAA.
Hours of “personal” downtime/week: 30
Favorite activity(s) in my personal downtime: Spending time with family.
Some of my favorite local hangouts: Home, home & home.
Some of my favorite TV shows: N/A.
Favorite Vacation Spot(s): Hawaii and Spain
Place(s) I would like to visit: Greece and Australia
Favorite Pastime/Hobby(s): Spending time with my “Hubby” and Reading.
Favorite Book(s): The Bible
Some of my most-admired people (excluding parents): Jesus Christ, My Hubby and children.
Something about me that may surprise you: .I won first prize in a high school talent show for singing.
And Lastly…: I always wanted to ride a horse until I became up close and personal with one. Now I’m like…..”pass.”

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