Dr. Deborah Williams is President and CEO of Her Game 2, an Apparel and Event Productions company headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut. Her Game 2 Productions will serve as Producer of The Great Gumbo Celebrity Golf Tour.
Williams, a native of Chicago Illinois, was a Summa Cum Laude graduate of Tougaloo College in Mississippi. She received her Masters and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology at the University of Georgia. Dr. Williams is the Founder of Behind The Bench: The National Basketball Wives Association. Ms Williams was selected as one of the 25 Most Influential African American Women In Business by The Network Journal. Dr Williams was recently selected as the Inspirational Entrepreneur Of The Year 2009 by Project Enterprise.
Most recently Dr Williams was awarded the Fashion Pioneer Award by the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce and was named as a Brava Award winner for 2009 by the YWCA. In addition, Her Game 2's active apparel brand bowed at Macy's Department Stores in 2009. This year, Ms Williams has been named one of the 100 Most Powerful African Americans in Connecticut, by the CT State NAACP.
Williams has produced many of the largest events in the country, including HARLEM WEEK for the Greater Harlem Chamber of Commerce, The Circle of Sisters Fashion Showcase for WBLS Radio at the Jacob Javits Convention Center, The Ultimate Bridal Showcase at the New York Hilton Hotel, Palace Theatre event for Stamford Center for the Arts, and The NBA Wives Celebrity Fashion Show during NBA All Star Weekend. Event Management expertise, an experienced and dedicated team, and laser focused attention to detail have made Her Game 2 Productions one of the most sought after production companies in the country.
Dr. Williams has successfully negotiated an exclusive merchandise licensing agreement with the National Basketball Association. She currently creates NBA women's tees, hoodies, and tunics for team arenas around the country. Dr. Williams received the Black Rose Award for African American Entrepreneurs, and was voted a 1999 Woman At The Top of The Game; was named the Department of Commerce's 2001 Business Enterprise of the Year; and the 2001 BRAG Award - "Business Innovator of the Year".
She has received the "Community Service Award" for her commitment to young women in the community through the "Linkages…to Excellence" program, which she founded through The Links, Inc. Dr. Williams has received a number of awards including being named 1991 "Woman of Distinction" by Ebony Man magazine, being crowned Mrs. USA 1990, Who's Who among Colleges and Universities, Ms. Tougaloo College, and The Fred Hampton Image Award. She has also published an article in the Journal of Perceptual and Motor Skills.
Dr. Williams is a former member of the Board of Directors of the Urban League, The Child Welfare League of America, The Greenwich Foundation for Women and Girls, and the Miss Indianapolis Teen Scholarship Foundation. She also served as Service to Youth Chair of the Fairfield County Chapter of Links, Inc. In her spare time she enjoys community service work, going to the theatre, reading, cheering for her children at basketball and volleyball games, and spending time relaxing with the family.