Birmingham School of Law alumna Deborah Grimes has been named one of the most influential women in corporate America for 2019 by Savoy Magazine.

Grimes currently serves as UAB Health System’s chief diversity officer and received a Juris Doctor degree from BSL. She also earned a bachelor’s degree in nursing from UAB and a master’s degree from the UAB School of Health Professions. She has been employed in all three fields.

“I practiced law in the General Counsel office of the UA Health Services Foundation for four years, then transitioned to UAB in several leadership roles,” she says. “As chief diversity officer, I now lead the Diversity Equity and Inclusion effort for the UAB Health System.”

Currently, Grimes is president of the Alabama Kidney Foundation, past president of Momentum Board, a member of NASHE, Black Nurse’s Association, Alabama Nursing Association, and Health Care Compliance Association. In her spare time, she and her husband like to ride motorcycles and have just begun to learn the game of golf.

Grimes graduated from Birmingham School of Law in 1995. “While I was in law school, I was working full time as a nurse and needed to attend evening classes so I chose Birmingham School of Law. BSL has a great reputation, and it was an awesome experience,” she says.