Denise Hummel Profile

  • Diversity and inclusion trailblazer, Denise Hummel works with companies to activate and integrate their entire talent pool so that they can lead the way in innovation.

  • In 2007 Hummel built Universal Consensus, the world’s first cross-cultural firm to specialize in diversity and inclusion and their correlation to economic prosperity.

  • Hummel is one of Marshall Goldsmith’s 100 Coaches Legacy Team, having been selected from more than 16,000 applicants.
  • When visionary Denise Hummel set off to build a cross-cultural firm in 2007, people told her the world was not ready for the company she wanted to create. Four years later, her business Universal Consensus, LLC, was successfully acquired by Ernst & Young, who in turn hired her to lead a cultural transformation across their 300,000-person multinational organization.

    Today, Hummel is one of the world’s foremost experts in fully integrating companies through the top levels of leadership. As the Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Lead Inclusively, her work has yielded significant increases in innovation and employee engagement at Roche Pharmaceuticals, Equnix, Synthetic Genomics, and Qualcomm.

    Hummel’s work has been praised by Marshall Goldsmith. In fact, she was chosen from a pool of 16,000 applicants to be part of his 100 Coaches Legacy Team.

    Her research and advocacy in D&I goes back to the start of her career. During the 1990s she tried and won the first class action under the Americans With Disabilities Act causing her to be named as one of the top 20 attorneys in the United States by the American Bar Association.

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      Denise Pirrotti Hummel, J.D. is the Founder and Chief Innovation Officer of Lead Inclusively, Inc., an organizational development firm that helps clients to achieve the benefits of inclusion through D&I Assessments, E-Learning and an inclusion behavior change app. Her focus is on increasing the ability to recruit, retain and advance key diverse talent and to then obtain the employee engagement, productivity and innovation that results from helping organizations to move towards an inclusive culture. She is a Ted Talk finalist and a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s legacy 100 coaches. She is also a Board Member of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) and the Chair of Athena’s Life Sciences Committee.

      She is a serial entrepreneur and CEO having sold her cross-cultural business, Universal Consensus, LLC, to Ernst & Young, LLP, where she became a Principal. Prior to that she has practiced employment law and international M&A as an attorney. In addition to performing some of the largest people integrations in the country, Ms. Hummel tried and won the first class-action under the Americans With Disabilities Act in the 90s. She is a staunch advocate and coach of executive women, helping them to navigate the nuances of standing out and fitting in at the senior levels of organizations and boards.

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    Today, diversity and inclusion are not just “nice-to-haves;” they are an economic imperative and Denise Hummel has the data to show you why. Hummel works with company leadership to identify unconscious biases and cultivate more inclusive environments. She is a globally regarded leader in D&I, known for her emphasis on “next practices” instead of “best practices” as well as her talent for leveraging AI to scale D&I initiatives with clients, contributing to cultural transformation rather than an isolated keynote.

    • Diversity & Inclusion
    • Cross Cultural Communication
    • Gender Bias in Business
    • Generational Workplace Gaps
    • The Impact of Inclusion on Business Performance

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    “Denise’s knowledge and passion for the impact inclusion can have on business performance elevates the business case that no CEO can ignore.”
    – Marshall Goldsmith

    “Denise’s success as a female leader and her ability to inspire men and women alike to achieve greatness together is both humbling and motivational for all of us to leverage diversity as a business opportunity.”
    – Patricia Stewart,Roche Pharmaceuticals

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    Books by Denise Hummel:

    Speak Milk. Drink Wine

    A memoir of the author’s expatriate life in Italy. Take a journey through the eyes of American, Denise Pirrotti Hummel, as she rediscovers the culture that shaped her up-bringing and ultimately, her career. This attorney, turned cross-cultural business strategist, is now navigating through life and business with a new set of lenses.

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