Meet Deanna Singh

DEANNA SINGH is a business consultant, speaker, and podcaster who is internationally recognized for her work in leadership, diversity, equity, and inclusion. Deanna 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.

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JUSTIN PONDER  is a professor who teaches courses on Ethnic Studies, African American Studies, and Ethnic Minority Literature. He has published in numerous journals and books on the issue of race and identity politics, exploring the ways to bridge the gap between who we are and who we must become to achieve a more equitable world for others. He has helped organizations and leaders consider connections between the historical past, the social present, and a more just future. He knows how to masterfully weave the academic with the practical, the political with the personal so people can better appreciate the complexity of the issues while finding clarity about their responsibilities. In his work on diversity, equity, and inclusion, he is known for his ability to teach difficult lessons in gentle ways that combine heartbreak and humor to inspire hope.

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our mission

Helping leaders create innovation through inclusion.

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our vision

We believe that all of the answers that we need to solve our most challenging issues already exist. But that those solutions are lying dormant inside of people who do not feel like they can show up to their work fully. We believe that by helping organizations shed practices that are inequitable and non-inclusive, we lay the groundwork for those brilliant ideas to be Uplifted. We believe that when people show up as their full selves, that is when we will see the most Impact.

We believe in UPLIFTING IMPACT!

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We believe that the people within organizations already have many of the answers they’re looking for.  Our goal is to work alongside team members to help them uncover these solutions, hear underrepresented voices, and synthesize disparate opinions into solutions that work best for them.
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We will take the hard work out of creating the initial Inclusion and Diversity strategy, but we also work closely with our partners by engaging in regular communication through the process, sharing feedback and trends, and seeking guidance as we move forward together through the process.

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After working with the project team to develop the best strategy, we will help identify processes, procedures, structures, and schedules that will help the team put these plans into motion while working with you to initiate those new operations.   We recognize success lies in putting your plan into motion.  Therefore, we will help with the kick-off of the plan and in putting together a process to continuously improve it.

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We prioritize strengthening internal muscles, not making the organization reliant on our ongoing support.  We believe in long-term relationships, so we will be here to help you climb the next mountain, but our goal with each project is to give you the internal skills that will help you thrive independently.

Uplifting Impact is...

a diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) consulting firm that helps individual leaders and companies find innovation through authentic connections.

what makes us special

We value ALL VOICES.  All stakeholders across the organization must be involved in creation processes if the path forward is to be truly inclusive.

We create SAFE SPACES for people to share the information that is needed to create comprehensive solutions.

We focus on SOLUTIONS more than rehearsing problems. 

We CUSTOMIZE our approach based on what the organization needs. 

We work from a place of JOY.  We approach difficult conversations with a sense of compassion, humor, and hope that help people move forward.

We focus on LONG-TERM objectives more than short-term quick-fixes. We understand interdisciplinary approaches and incorporate the best practices from multiple sectors.

We bring a HUMANISTIC approach that uses interactive training, engaging storytelling, and personal reflections.

We work with URGENCY while maintaining QUALITY.

We look to ALIGN with the organization’s overall mission.

We BLEND the historical, theoretical, and practical, so organizations can understand where issues came from, how they persist, and how we can progress.

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"Deanna Singh engaged our diverse group of leaders in a new way to think about their purpose. Her ability to connect to our group through storytelling and examples of goal setting was much appreciated.” 

Medical College of Wisconsin

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"Deanna is a true storyteller who brings her energy and passion to her work and shares that with others. She helped many folks in the audience not only feel compelled to make our organization more diverse and inclusive but also gave great actionable steps for all of us."

CUNA Mutual Group

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"Deanna was able to inspire and challenge a wide range of people and guests within our community. It's been amazing to see how many people her story has touched and we look forward to hearing how the ripple effects will have an impact on not just those people, but our city and world!"

The Ridge

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