Dr. Deirdre Williams currently serves as the Officer for Leadership Advancement in the Educator Certification Division of Harris County Department of Education. She is credited for her leadership in turnaround schools in the Houston Independent School District. Building on her successful experiences and results, Williams now provides leadership development locally and nationally on topics related to systems thinking for equity and cultural diversity. Dr. Williams supports the education community while serving as an elected board member for the School Reform Initiative. In her current professional role, she is preparing school and district level leaders, where she continues to bring her commitment to equity and excellence for all students.