Deborah Stamps’ is the founder and chief executive officer for Deborah Stamps Consulting, LLC, an inclusive leadership consulting agency. Specializing in: 1. Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Justice (DEIJ) Programming. 2. Organizational Leadership Training to maximize critical skills. 3. Professional Skills Building. 4. Coaching, mentoring, and equipping individuals, organizations, and communities with tools to thrive personally, professionally, and assist in the achievement of health equity.  Deborah serves individuals and organizations who are committed to DEIJ goals across their organizations. Being an outcomes-driven leader Deborah Stamps —values and encourages regular self-examination and an ongoing desire to strive for lifelong learning, and demonstratable, personal, and professional improvement and growth.

Her progressive career of more than 30 years started as a LPN and has included roles such as Nurse Manger, Vice President Quality, Patient Safety and Innovation, Chief Nursing Officer, Chief Nursing Education Officer, Founding President of the Rochester Regional College of Health Careers and the Inaugural Chief Diversity Officer at Rochester Regional Health. Deb is passionate about health equity, eliminating health care disparities and increasing the diversity of the nursing workforce – she is an active participant on many local, regional and national initiatives and committees working to impact poverty, Health Equity, Racism and workforce development.


Deb has developed paths and partnerships to provide diverse individuals with the social resources, education, and skill development that they require to advance in a health care career leading to employment. In 2021 named among 50 of the nation’s most influential diversity leaders receiving the prestigious Leadership Excellence Award at the 2021 National Diversity and Leadership Conference. Led Rochester Regional Health to national recognition at the National Diversity Council as a Top 3 healthcare organizations for Diversity for: Creating diversity initiatives that establish and foster a more inclusive work environment. Participated and organized programs that benefit the community such as workforce pathways for diverse populations. Increasing the interest in a career in nursing for K-12th graders. Exhibited commitment to the highest ethical standards, integrity and professional excellence. Committed to recruitment, training, development and retention of individuals from all populations She has implemented and continues to lead the Health Ministry of Genesee Baptist Church providing ongoing health promotion prevention, education, and screenings for the congregation, Rochester Community, and the Northeast Region of the US.

Deb was recently elected to the NYS Board for nursing for a five-year term. She was asked to co-lead the NYONEL DEI Committee. Deb is one of the co-leads for the NYS Action Coalition and chairs the DEI committee. She is a member of the AARP’s Historically Black College and University’s Learning Collaborative for Diversifying the Nursing Workforce, a subcommittee member for the ANA’s National Commission to Address Racism in Nursing. Deb is currently a member of the Rochester Academy of Medicine board of directors. Past board chair for the Rochester/Finger Lakes division of the March of Dimes. She is a member of the American Organization of Nurse Executives and leaders (AONL), the New York Organization of Nurse Executives and Leaders. She is currently leading the AONL Workforce Committee’s subgroup on Academic and Clinical practice partnerships. She is on numerous advisory boards such as NorthStar Advisory Board and many colleges of nursing, and is a trustee board member for Genesee Baptist church. Deb has also held numerous elected positions at the local, regional and national levels of Chi Eta Phi Sorority, Inc. Deb has published in the American Association of Critical Care Nurses Procedure Manual, in the Medsurg Nursing Journal, the Critical Care Journal, Nurse Leader and Advances. Deb has published on the innovative collaborative nurse leadership model, the Chief Nursing Officer Council and Diversity, Equity and Inclusion as well as workforce development and academic clinical practice partnerships. She has conducted research on the topic of Horizontal Violence.

Deb earned her associate’s degree in nursing from Monroe Community College and her bachelor’s degree in nursing from SUNY College at Brockport. She earned a master’s degree in the Gerontological Nursing Practitioner program at Nazareth College in Pittsford, a master’s degree in business administration from Rochester Institute of Technology, and an education doctorate in executive leadership from St. John Fisher College. She is nationally certified as a Nurse Executive by the American Nurses Credentialing Center.

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