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Debra B. Thomas Esq.

Board of Directors

Deb Thomas is a corporate lawyer by training and has had various volunteer roles at CWE since 2008, including volunteer coordinator and WBENC committee member. For the last 4 years, she has also served on the Board of Trustees of Harborlight-Stoneridge Montessori School in Beverly, Massachusetts. As a member of the executive committee and then as Chair, she helped guide the school through a merger, sale of one campus and a head of school search. She has served on the Board of Supporting Highly Allergic Resilient Kids, Inc. (SHARK), a non-profit that provides resources to support highly allergic children, their families and educators. In 2012 she received the Volunteer of the Year award from CWE and in 2011 she received an Unsung Heroine award from the Massachusetts Commission on the Status of Women.

Deb was formerly Staff Counsel at IBM Lotus, where she specialized in strategic agreements, mergers and acquisitions, technology licensing and competitive marketing. Prior to IBM, Deb was an associate at Testa, Hurwitz & Thibeault, LLP, where she focused on private and public equity financings, mergers and acquisitions, venture capital fund formation and SEC reporting. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and New York University School of Law.

Why CWE?

I was first introduced to CWE in 2002 when my law firm created an externship with CWE. For five months I met with CWE clients every day, and I was amazed by their energy, creativity and determination. They had innovative ideas for products and services, but desperately needed business skills and advice in a supportive atmosphere. Each one was sincerely appreciative of the help she received from CWE. I grew to care deeply about those clients and CWE’s mission. By helping these women achieve their potential, we are helping them create better lives for themselves and their families, we are supporting their neighborhoods and neighbors with local businesses and jobs, and we are creating role models to inspire the next generation.