The last award in the Bringing out the Best category goes to an individual described as a “clear example of MIT’s best. She is a leader in everything she does, and she makes MIT a better place for being here.”
The outstanding leader we’re talking about is Deborah Liverman. Deborah is the Executive Director for MIT Career Advising & Professional Development in the Office of the Vice Chancellor.
Her coworkers say that Deborah has been a driving force both for change and innovative thinking in Career Services. The staff faced challenges with workload management and work-life balance, and she took action:
- She organized planning days and retreats for staff to reflect, bond, and foster stronger collaborations.
- She encouraged staff to try new things without fear of failure.
- And she helped the office revamp several procedures that enhanced the Career Services experience for staff and students alike.
As one colleague noted, “Deborah’s acts of advocacy are no small feat. She expends a great deal of time, patience, and persistence to make the office a better place to work and a better service to the community. Despite her workload, she always makes room for others. She seeks out opportunities to develop and foster relationships with staff, so that she can contribute to their professional development.”
Finally, in the words of yet another colleague:
“Making a difference matters to Deborah, and she goes about the business of doing just that with passion, kindness, and thoughtful action.”
Deborah, thank you for making a difference. Congratulations on your Excellence Award.