DEBORAH SLANER LARKIN

  • Deborah Slaner Larkin, Executive Director of USTA Serves, the national Charitable Foundation of the USTA, that provides financial support for disadvantaged youth and people with disabilities through tennis and education programs designed to improve health, build character, teach life skills and achieve academic excellence. She also works to promote civil right, women’s leadership and gender equity.

    For over 30 years, Larkin has focused her efforts to promote civil rights, women’s leadership and gender equity. Considered an expert on Title IX, Larkin created Title IX.info at the National Women’s Law Center where she has been an active board member, through the MARGARET Fund (May All Resolve, Girls Achieve Real Equity Today) a non-profit effort that develops and supports programs that promote education about and compliance with Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972. She was involved in the NWLC ‘s landmark Supreme Court victories: Davis v. Monroe County BOE, which holds schools accountable for student-to-student sexual harassment; Jackson v. Birmingham BOE, which prohibits retaliation by schools against those who protest discrimination and a major pay equity victory when President Obama Signed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act into law.

    During her tenure on the White House Project Board, she co-authored and speaks about The White House Project Report: Benchmarking Women’s Leadership; while serving on the President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports, she co-authored the landmark report, Physical Activity & Sport in the Lives of Girls:Physical & Mental Health Dimensions from an Interdisciplinary Approach and while Executive Director of the Women’s Sports Foundation directed multiple research reports focusing on the physical, psychological, sociological and academic benefits of sports for girls.