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Deanna Singh        

Social Entrepreneur, Keynote Speaker, Change Agent & Author of "Purposeful Hustle"

Deanna Singh is a business consultant, speaker, and podcaster who is intentionally recognized for her work in leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Singh helps her clients create more equitable and inclusive work environments and engage more authentically within their internal and external communities.

A gifted communicator, she is a champion for marginalized communities through her work. Her podcast, Uplifting Impact with a focus on looking at the intersection of Leadership and Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, focuses on solutions and is directed at people who want to break the status quo.

Singh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison, and certification in Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion from Cornell University.

Speech Topics


Actions Speak Louder

During this learning experience, audience members will be guided through a process to move past the status quo and help lead the charge. Through the power of storytelling, sharing practical tips, and individual reflection, audience members will be able to identify the unique way to positively impact the future of their organizations and the potential of their actions.

Key Takeaways:

  • Confidence in how to navigate the changing world
  • Tools to equip your team with the go-forward strategy
  • Backing your messages and values with sincere and impactful actions that highlight leadership and more.

The Power of Inclusion

Issuing public statements, modifying behavior, and changing policies can help organizations achieve greater inclusivity, but those who succeed the most go further. Those who achieve the greatest success are those that go beyond creating inclusive declarations, actions, or environments to fundamentally change the way they make decisions. This session explores how to modify organizational processes to encourage buy-in, share authority, and foster belonging in order to achieve the full benefits of an inclusive workplace culture.

Learning objectives:

  • Define inclusion
  • Survey case studies and statistics related to inclusion
  • Examine how inclusivity benefits organizations
  • Consider common obstacles to inclusion
  • Explore strategies for creating a more inclusive culture
  • Brainstorm methods particular to your organization

Inclusive Leadership

While many organizations recognize the virtues of DEI initiatives, the success of these programs rest on the everyday actions of individual leaders. Organizational attempts to foster a deeper sense of belonging only translate into improved recruitment, retention, productivity, and mission fulfillment if leaders also figure out how to practice greater inclusivity in their everyday interpersonal behaviors. In this session participants review their leadership styles, skills, and responsibilities through the lens of DEI, considering how more inclusive approaches to strategizing, motivating, decision making, and leadership can improve entire organizations.

Learning objectives:

  • Review characteristics of traditional leadership
  • Define DEI as a leadership value
  • Recognize overlap between these styles
  • Survey the benefits of inclusive leadership
  • Identify strategies for implementing it
  • Translate learning to the specific experience of participants

Counteracting Bias

In a changing world, the organizations that thrive are those that know how to identify their assumptions and evolve. When it comes to connecting with different communities, it becomes fundamental to identify the thinking patterns that undermine deeper partnerships. One of the behaviors that pose the deepest problems is bias. In its quest to understand the world more quickly, the human brain creates all kinds of shortcuts that prevent it from understanding others more fully. By recognizing how pervasive these biases are and by learning how to manage them, we can improve connections with customers, clients, coworkers, and communities.

Learning objectives:

  • Define bias
  • Learn types of biases
  • Recognize common examples from the workplace
  • Understand the benefits of counteracting biases
  • Identify best practices for managing them
  • Brainstorm new strategies

Talking Across Differences

Before striving for greater belonging, people must first be able to talk about identity differences. In this session, participants learn strategies for discussing this topic constructively. For people to flourish in their organizations, they need to feel included. Unfortunately, too often, leaders believe that to foster inclusion, they must avoid conversations about things like race, gender, and sexual orientation. However, ignoring these difficult discussions can breed distrust, exacerbate alienation, and feed biases. “Talking Across Differences” provides strategies for acknowledging, celebrating, and conversing about differences in ways that improve workplace environments.

Learning objectives:

  • Define “talking across differences”
  • Explore examples of productive conversations
  • Consider why leaders often ignore differences
  • Look at the benefits of talking across differences
  • Survey best practices for structuring these discussions
  • Learn techniques for turning derailed discussions into productive conversations
  • Brainstorm methods particular to your organization

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