Debra G
Debra G

Red Hat Society, Inc.

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As the Chief Executive Officer of The Red Hat Society, Inc., Debra Granich has been instrumental in leading and growing the organization into a global operation. In the past ten years, Debra has helped build the Red Hat Society's membership to the International success it is today with chapters and Members in 26 countries while overseeing the organization's product, event, and entertainment development. Passionate about changing traditional notions of aging for women in the social and business worlds, Debra is committed to helping the Red Hat Society make a positive difference for women approaching 50 and beyond.

Before joining the Red Hat Society, Debra held senior management positions for national retail store Contempo Casuals, then part of Neiman Marcus Group. She subsequently transitioned into the Red Hat Society from the Walt Disney Company where she held human resources leadership roles in Consumer Products and Theme Parks divisions. Among her responsibilities was the Disneyland Resort expansion project leading to the successful launch of an additional theme park, hotel and downtown shopping area. Debra's extensive experience in leadership and human resources has allowed her to build the necessary infrastructure to support the Red Hat Society's rapid growth over the years.

Today, Debra works tirelessly to develop services and value for Red Hat Society members through corporate partnerships and strategic collaborations. She claims that staying true to the organization's core values, being creative, sourcing new opportunities and thinking big has helped her build the Red Hat Society into the massive social network it is today.

Once a Pink Hatter herself, Debra believes that older women have a lot to offer themselves, their families and friends, and their communities. She is passionate about women's health, education and social issues, and abides by the values and mission of the Red Hat Society. Debra currently works closely with the American Heart Association (AHA), the AARP, and Penn State regarding women's issues.

Debra earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from California State University, Fullerton and continues to be active in many social and business groups associated with her alma mater. In her free time, Debra enjoys spending time with her family, going to the theater, and working out. Debra and her husband Boris have been married for more than 27 years and together they have two sons.

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