Deborah Dixson

Amidst an array of leadership roles in business, IT, and risk management at a variety of organizations, Deborah “Deb” Dixson has spent eleven years at Best Buy over the course of several tours of duty. She most recently accepted an invitation to return to Best Buy in 2015 as Global Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and Senior Vice President.

During her previous time at Best Buy, Deb became Best Buy’s first Chief Information Security Officer (CISO) and set up the original Information Security team. She established a board-mandated Global Information Security office and governance structure based on a blend of ISO/COBIT/PCI standards that set the foundation for a holistic, sustainable approach to security. This resulted in attaining PCI compliance across the U.S. and Canada as well as a recognition as an industry leader in information security.

A recipient of Best Buy’s Pinnacle of Leadership Award, Deb became the face of the organization to credit card brands on Payment Card Industry (PCI) and information security issues, representing Best Buy to the PCI Council.

Deb was a founding member of the Twin Cities Chief Security Officer Executive Summit. She was on the board of directors for the Minneapolis Heart Institute and the Freedom Initiatives. A participant in the MS Three Day 50 Mile Challenge walk for 10 years, she also served on the program committee for the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Deb and her husband, Mark, have been married for 36 years and reside in Rosemount, Minnesota. They have three children and two grandchildren.

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Roe v. Wade Has Been Overturned. You Have Every Right to Be Upset. Here’s how to take action

We at AnitaB.org, are disheartened and dismayed by the United States Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, a landmark ruling that enabled the right of an abortion to people around the nation. AnitaB.org brings together allies and champions across every sector to advance intersectional gender equity in technology. The technologists we support are also people impacted by targeted oppressive and unjust laws including laws that restrict reproductive rights. Not only do we empower technologists through our year-long programming but, we also advocate for better systemic solutions for the workforce and for their humanity. 

In response to the Supreme Court ruling, we are joining to elevate the calls to action of our social justice colleagues and community partners. 

If you feel called to do something today or in the next coming days, here are some action steps:  

  • Support and donate to Repro Legal Defense Fund, which is a national organization that covers bail and funds strong defense for people who are investigated, arrested, or prosecuted for abortion. Because no one should be behind bars for ending their pregnancy or helping someone else do so.
  • Support and donate to Plan C, an educational resource for learning about how people in the US access abortion pills.
  • Support and donate to your local Planned Parenthood, independent abortion clinics, and abortion funds.
  • Go to the streets and join a protest near you. Most protests are happening today at 5 PM at the federal courthouses or state capitols.

AnitaB.org is also launching a political advocacy series, Power to the People, with our first event on July 20th. The first event of this series, Power to People: Abortion Rights and Digital Privacy, will elevate the voices of abortion advocates and the risks emerging with digital rights and privacy. This event will empower you to take additional action regarding abortion rights and data privacy. Stay tuned for more information about this upcoming event. 

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