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Deanna Singh

Event Keynote & Workshop Speaker

Flying Elephant

Keynote: Purposeful Hustle

To be an effective change maker, you have to blend intentional thought (Purpose) with intentional action (Hustle). Deanna's definition of Purposeful Hustle is directing your life's work toward intentionally making a positive impact in the world. Therefore, a Purposeful Hustler is someone who exists in the world with the ultimate goal of creating change!

Key Takeaways:

  • Identify how to use your skills, talents, and passions to make a difference in the world

  • Discover how to step outside your comfort zone

  • Construct your purpose statement

  • Gain tools to overcome common setbacks like not having enough time, money, or resources

  • Name your true fears and construct a plan to tackle them

  • Build resiliency techniques to sustain you through moments of failure


Workshop Session: Social Enterprise 101

In order to tackle some of the greatest challenges in the world, we need to figure out more innovative ways to use our expertise and resources. Social enterprise is emerging as one of the best and most promising ways to redeploy our efforts to make change sustainably. Through social enterprise, organizations can build self-sustaining solutions. 

In this training, Deanna breaks the idea of social enterprise down in a way that allows leaders to think about how they might be able to use it in their own work, regardless of whether they are representing a for-profit, government, or non-profit organization. This program will help learn to change the way we utilize strong businesses to make meaningful change in our communities!

Key Takeaways:

  • General overview of social enterprise principles

  • Deeper understanding of how social enterprises are built by reviewing case studies

  • How social enterprise can diversify your revenue streams

  • An opportunity to apply the ideas of social enterprise to a wide variety of social challenges


About Deanna

Deanna Singh wants to live in a world where marginalized communities have power. As an expert social entrepreneur, she is obsessed with making the world a better place, and she will build or break systems to create positive change. While tackling complex social challenges, Deanna gives audiences the tools and courage to imagine, activate, and impact the world as agents of change. Deanna is described as a trailblazer and dynamic speaker who is at the forefront of social change. She is an accomplished author, educator, business leader, podcaster, and social justice champion!

Deanna earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, and a Master's in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin - Madison. She has been recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as one of the community's most influential 40 Under 40 Leaders, the State of Wisconsin as a Woman Who Inspires, and by Forbes as an African American Woman Everyone Should Know.

Learn more about Deanna and her impactful work.


Denise Thomas

Special Guest Workshop Facilitator

Board of Directors Member for Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin

Workshop Session: Inclusive and Equitable Communication

Join Denise Thomas, The Effective Communication Coach during a workshop session for NPD Attendees who want to demonstrate inclusiveness when communicating. Whether this form of communication is a new form for you or has been a standard mechanism, this session will provide you effective communication techniques in order to support you and your organizations diversity, equity and inclusion objectives. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Understanding your audience when collaborating

  • Creating a culture where open dialogue is encouraged

  • Learning the ability to have open dialogue when challenged

  • Understanding the positive impacts of active listening in a diverse work environment

How You Can Prepare For This Session:

  • Come prepared to be ALL IN: 

    • Engaged ​

    • Willing to provide input 

    • Questions you seek clarity or need answered

  • Please inform the people who depend on you, that you are attending a life changing session as par of becoming a better "YOU" therefore, disruptions (i.e. phone calls, texts, emails) during the session should be only addressed when the need is urgent.

  • Wake up with a mindset of embracing change, sending and receiving messages with positive intent.


About Denise

Denise Thomas is the Founder and Owner of The Effective Communication Coach, LLC, a consultancy focused on transforming emerging and existing professionals into extraordinary leaders by mastering the art of effective communication.


With 19 years of experience within Fortune 100 companies, Denise has honed the ability to deliver and receive messages across language, cultural, and communication-style barriers. She has been recognized for excellence in leadership from companies including Toyota Motor Manufacturing Indiana, PepsiCo, General Electric, and MillerCoors. Denise continues her focus on empowering people by traveling and teaching effective communication to professionals worldwide including Egypt, China, and Israel.

Denise has supplied her expertise to organizations including Junior Achievement USA, Feeding America, Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute, and the National Urban League. She currently consults for highly regarded employers including Southern Company, Manpower Group, and Northwestern Mutual.

Denise was recently recognized with multiple awards by the Milwaukee Business Journal including 2019 Woman of Influence and Top 100 Power Broker for 2018, 2019, and 2020. She also received Milwaukee Magazine’s 2019 “Women of Distinction”, and BizStarts “Inspiring Entrepreneur.” The Milwaukee Times Newspaper recently recognized Denise for her “Excellence in Business” during their 35th Annual Black Excellence Awards in 2020.

Learn more about Denise and how she transforms professionals into extraordinary leaders.