Deborah (Deb) Kielty joined the World Trade Center Institute in Baltimore as President and Executive Director in 2001 following a 20-year international business career with Procter & Gamble. With business travel taking her to 50 countries, Deb’s global experience spans both operational and strategic leadership roles. She climbed the Brand Management ranks at P&G in the U.S. and internationally, including leadership roles as Brand Manager in P&G Mexico, Associate Ad Manager in P&G Italy, Managing Director in Health & Beauty Care Europe, GM Worldwide Strategic Planning and VP Global Alliances & Licensing for P&G Beauty Care based in Maryland.
Today, Deb leads WTCI — the largest international business network in the mid-Atlantic, focused on empowering globally-minded leaders with new ideas and valuable connections. In this capacity, Ms. Kielty works alongside a truly talented team and the WTCI Board of Directors, including C-suite and senior leaders from UnderArmour, McCormick, T Rowe Price, BD Diagnostics, Emergent BioSolutions, Tessco, Ciena, Constellation Energy, Hogan Lovell, Johns Hopkins (Jhpiego and Medicine Int’l), Northrop Grumman, Rockwell Collins, and more.
Deb currently serves on several boards, including Johns Hopkins Jhpiego Advisory Board, P&G Alumni Foundation, the Baltimore Council on Foreign Affairs, and Christ Church Foundation. Past board service includes roles as President of Families with Children from China in Maryland, Vice Chair of the P&G Alumni Network, Maryland Governor’s Sub-cabinet for Int’l Affairs, and the University of Maryland Smith School of Business CIBER.
Deb holds a Masters Degree in Int’l Management from the American Graduate School of Int’l Management (Thunderbird) where she was awarded the Barton Kyle Yount Award – given to the graduate who most exemplifies Yount’s ideals of scholarship, accomplishment, and character. She was the keynote student speaker at graduation and was later awarded Thunderbird’s Distinguished Graduate Award for Career Achievement. She holds a Strategy Facilitator Graduate Certificate from Monitor Group (now Monitor Deloitte) and a BA from the University of California Santa Barbara.
Deb resides in the historic district of Federal Hill in Maryland. She is the proud mother of two daughters born in China – with one currently attending Georgetown University and the other at Roland Park Country School. Deb enjoys international travel, sports of all kinds, film festivals, and international foods. She is passionate about leveraging diversity and gender balanced teams to drive business, innovation, economic empowerment and global good.