Mali Phonpadith interviews Deborah Myers.

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Deborah has more than 25 years of professional experience in international economic development, including advocacy, public policy and developing strategic partnerships.  She worked with major corporations, governments, non-government organizations, and international organizations to find solutions for issues facing the developing world.

In 2009 Deborah founded VirtuArte to help people become more intentional gift givers by assisting them to select the perfect gift for their gift-giving occasion.  The gifts are selected from a curated collection of handcrafted works of art by artisans from developing countries.  The sales help artisans from around the globe generate sustainable incomes, continue their traditional craftsmanship, share their skills with the next generation and ultimately help preserve their culture.

Prior to starting her own company, Deborah was the Director – External and Government Affairs & Public Policy at GlaxoSmithKline Biologicals (GSK Bio), the vaccine division of GlaxoSmithKline.  She was responsible for setting policy priorities, developing strategic advocacy plans and designing company outreach positions.  She joined GSK Bio in 2002.

Before joining GSK Bio, Deborah worked for Fisher Scientific Worldwide as Director – Business Development, Rhone Poulenc as Director – International Finance, and SmithKline Beecham as an advisor.  Prior to joining the private sector Deborah spent 10 years at the Inter-American Development Bank, an organization that focuses on economic development in Latin America.  During President Reagan’s first term, Deborah worked for the Small Business Administration, the Department of Commerce and in the White House Office of Public Liaison.

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