Deborah L. Frett joined the Business and Professional Women's Foundation (BPW) as CEO in May 2005 after more than 30 years of providing strategic direction and executive management to associations as well as for-profit and start-up organizations. She is a leading advocate for working women, women veterans, green job development for women, Gen Y women in the workplace and redefining the workplace to meet the needs of the 21st century. She is a frequent speaker and panelist and has provided congressional testimony and served as an expert for briefings on issues impacting working women, families, and veterans. Under her leadership, BPW Foundation conducted the first research on the challenges facing women veterans in their transition from military to civilian careers, hosted the Inaugural Joining Forces for Women Veterans National Summit, and launched the Joining Forces for Women Veterans and Military Spouses Mentorship Program™. BPW Foundation has also expanded its research on Gen Y women in the workplace during her tenure.
She is a member of the Pfizer Small Business Council, served on the planning committee for the Department of Veterans Affairs 2011 National Training Summit on Women Veterans and is a member of the Inter Department Work Group on Women Veterans Employment. Ms Frett has expertise in a variety of issues including women veterans career transition, working women helping women work, Gen Y women in the workplace, women and non-traditional jobs, and creating successful, equitable workplaces for employees and employers.