Keynote Speaker

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Debra Langford, USC Marshall School of Business
Debra Langford is a senior executive with experience in global media companies, publishing and academia. Debra is nationally recognized for being a successful strategic networking leader, a content executive and a successful talent acquisition executive with expertise in reaching top-tier diverse and female executives.

As the Assistant Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives for the University of Southern California (USC) Marshall School of Business, she is working in a recently created position to develop innovative programs to increase the culture of Diversity and Inclusion for 6,000 students, 250 faculty and 250 staff. Langford has also been chosen to work on campus-wide initiatives to advance USC’s climate of D&I. 

In 2012, Debra launched The Langford Company to provide consulting strategies in the areas content development, strategic alliances, external branding, multicultural marketing and recruitment of top-tier diverse and women executives and retention.  

Langford was the Corporate VP of Inclusion and Business Diversity, for NBC Universal, where she partnered with Universal Pictures to achieve diverse creative and audience goals.  Prior to NBC Universal, Debra was the Corporate VP, Strategic Sourcing, for Time Warner and was responsible for over 100 female and diverse executives being placed in Vice President and above positions within the nine divisions of the corporation. Prior, Debra spent over 15 years as a high level content creative executive in several companies, including roles as the VP and GM of Essence Entertainment, Head of Television for Quincy Jones/David Salzman Entertainment, VP of Warner Bros. Television and Director of Development with Hanna-Barbera Productions.

Debra serves on the advisory boards of the American Black Film Festival and Digital Diversity Network, along with the Los Angeles Chapter of Dress for Success.  She is the Board Vice President of the media and entertainment organization Colour Entertainment, a network of ethnically diverse executives in all creative areas of film production and television content.

In 2011, President Barack Obama appointed Debra to the USO Board of Governors, where she served until 2017.  Debra continues as the Co-Leader of the USO Digital Advisory Board and on the USO Entertainment Committee.  Most recently, Debra became a California Film Commissioner, appointed by Governor Edmund G. Brown.  

Debra is a graduate of USC and earned a Bachelor of Science degree from the Marshall School of Business.