We are a talent, diversity, and inclusion advisory firm devoted to developing diverse leaders, teams and organizations to leverage inclusion as an accelerator for business performance. Our collective experience has been that diversity only assures that we have a mix of different people in the workplace. Diverse people in a non-inclusive workplace may be retained for some period of time, but without inclusion they will not thrive, advance, or become strong team collaborators.  We assess the various stages of the employee life cycle from hire to retire, identifying policies and organizational behaviors that negatively impact diversity and inclusion and transforming these so that talent, business and D&I goals align. With decades of experience related to best practices across industries, our team is also at the forefront of next practices. Diversity is not a problem to solve, it is a strength to be leveraged. Through the power of inclusion, we help clients leverage that strength.

Our Approach

While many other Diversity Consulting firms focus on the regulatory concerns or an ad hoc approach that never leads to sustainable change, we are a management consulting firm focused on using Diversity and Inclusion as a lever for business performance.  That means that our engagements are focused on increasing the ability to recruit, retain and advance diverse talent, increase employee engagement for all, and empower the diverse ideation that fuels innovation and business performance.  We do that by starting with an Assessment, moving on to Engineer the Bias out of H.R. Processes, enhance communication and messaging (internally and externally), and develop and track the right metrics.  When that foundation is laid, we add Professional Development that moves leaders and the entire workforce from unconscious bias to inclusive behaviors that create an organizational culture shift.  Lastly, we Support The Target Demographic through the use of Employee Resource Groups (ERGs), coaching, and other integrated solutions.  The result is an organizational culture shift to inclusion that is real and sustainable.

“The workshops were invaluable as I set out to coalesce a very diverse team in a way that allowed everyone to shine, but as a collaborative entity driven toward the same goal.”

Garry Ridge, CEOWD-40 Company

Denise Hummel

Founder & Chief Innovation Officer

Denise Pirrotti Hummel, J.D., is the Chief Innovation Officer of Lead Inclusively, Inc., a firm devoted to empowering diverse leadership and teams to accelerate innovation and achieve the business results that make diverse ideation an economic imperative. She is particularly passionate about advancing female leaders. She is a Ted Talk finalist and a member of Marshall Goldsmith’s legacy 100 Coaches. She is also a member of the board of the Healthcare Businesswomen’s Association (HBA) and chairs Athena’s Life Sciences Committee. Ms. Hummel 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 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 also tried and won the first
class action under the Americans With Disabilities Act in the 1990s.

“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 StewartRoche Pharmaceuticals

Elizabeth Laine

V.P Client Services

Elizabeth N. Laine is Vice President of Client Services at Lead Inclusively, Inc. Her background is in developing trainings and programming around gender equity in the workplace. Formerly, Elizabeth was Director of Athena, the premiere provider of professional development services for executive women in science and technology in Southern California. At Athena she developed gender-focused HR solutions in collaboration with numerous Fortune 500 companies, including Thermo Fisher Scientific, Becton Dickinson, Bank of America, Qualcomm, and Oracle. Prior to Athena, Elizabeth worked on domestic and international projects for Allergan, Bausch & Lomb, and others at a biomedical consulting agency and created a training program for Hyatt International that has been translated into 17 languages. She is a 2017 San Diego Woman of the Year Award nominee.

Aditya Chinnareddy

Operations & Technology

Aditya has over six years of experience in talent strategy on transactions and transformation projects with a variety of clients from start-ups to enterprises. His skill set includes competency design, HR talent processes, learning management systems, talent management & strategy, employee engagement, and talent analytics. He has led the development of technology solutions for new offerings created for the EY People Advisory Services division. A few of his notable clients include Sutherland, Praxair, Western Digital and AIG where he helped with wide ranging talent issues such as leadership strategy, workforce planning, and HR process optimization & technology readiness.

Doug Freeman

V.P. ROI

Doug Freeman is the former Chief Diversity Officer of Gold Coast Health Plan, a health Insurance Provider with over 200,000 members. He has completed over 150 diversity and inclusion consulting engagements over a 17 year period with clients ranging from Disney to the Mayor of London’s Diversity Works program. He is the Founder of the World Diversity Leadership Summit (WDLS) launched in 2004 in Prague, Czech Republic. He is the creator of diversity-Return on Investment, a model which leverages missed diversity business opportunities to generate bottom-line impact. To date, d-ROI engagements have generated over $1.2B in proven cost savings and revenue growth. Mr. Freeman holds a Masters in Public Policy focused on International Trade and Finance from JFK School of Government- Harvard University and Bachelor of Arts from the University of California at Berkeley.

Lex Gillette

V.P. of Disability Services

Lex Gillette is a blind athlete and part of a power group of athletes who represent the United States Olympic Committee and the Paralympic Division by educating U.S. national and local governments, USOC sponsor and donor families, and educational institutions on the Paralympic Movement. Because there is not a significant reach through national media (such as a television broadcast of the Paralypic Games) it is critical that athletes promote key messages to those who can help the movement grow. Mr. Gillette is remarkable in this space. His vision for seeing ``what comes next`` and then communicating that to audiences continues to make him a valuable asset to the Ambassador program. His delivery when speaking is dynamic and the legacy he leaves audiences with challenges them to look at their lives in such a way that it inspires them to move forward despite difficult situations. Mr. Gillette is a testament to why it is so important not to pre-judge others based on perceived limitations. His lack of sight has brought him a vision in life that has escaped most of us.

Zunaira Munir

V.P. Innovation

Dr. Zunaira Munir is a leading global expert on Blue Ocean concepts and methodology, including Blue Ocean Strategy, Blue Ocean Shift and Blue Ocean Leadership. As Vice President of the Blue Ocean Global Network, she has led the work of blue ocean strategy consultants in 45 countries around the world. Strategize Blue, a blue ocean strategy consulting firm she founded, takes pride in its long list of Fortune 100 and other notable clients in a variety of industries, such as aerospace (Honeywell), IT (Intel, HP, Autodesk), biotech (Pfizer, Genentech, Medtronic), consumer goods (Coca-Cola, Reckitt Benckiser), telecom (T-Mobile, China Mobile), finance (US Bank, Banco Colombia) and others. As Chief Strategy Officer for Clary Business Machines, she was instrumental in growing the company into a top 100electronics company as ranked by INC Magazine.

Dan Negroni

V.P. Generational Programs

Like Denise Hummel, Dan is a ``recovering attorney.`` He is the quintessential next-generation business management and talent development consultant and coach solving today's critical multigenerational issues. Dan leverages his authentic, no-nonsense approach and a successful 20+ year career as a experiences as a CEO, attorney, and senior sales and marketing executive to help companies bridge the gap between managers and their millennial workforce to increase employee engagement, productivity and profits. Offering the solution to today's critical cross generational issues, Dan successfully bridges the gap between managers and their millennial workforce to increase employee engagement, productivity and profits. He is the author of ``Chasing Relevance,`` a book that each participant of this workshop will receive.

Pam Coleman

V.P. Executive & Leadership Coaching

Pam’s work with leaders at all levels of organizations on maximizing teams, innovating ideas, culture-change, and diversity and inclusion follows her role as Special Assistant to President Barack Obama as the first-ever Leadership Development Team Lead, a position she helped create. Her team's mission was to maximize the impact and experience of the President's 4000 political appointees, from millennial staff to senior officials, while also preparing them for their inevitable transition beyond a new Administration. Pam has served as a political and community organizer, a business and management consultant in the US and in Italy, and vice president of a pie company in New Hampshire where, over five years, she helped the founder take the company from the verge of bankruptcy, to becoming a national brand, to selling to a publicly traded corporation. Pam decided to become a lawyer when she learned there were no women Major League Baseball players.

Our Values

  • We are devoted to inclusion as an economic imperative
  • We will share best (and unsuccessful) practices of inclusion so that others can learn from our experience
  • We will implement and expand inclusive leadership training and practice these principals in all our interactions
  • We will continue to make our workplace a trusting place to have complex, and sometimes difficult, conversations related to diversity and inclusion.

Advisory Board

We are graced with an advisory board that has a depth of knowledge and leadership unsurpassed by most organizations. Our heart-felt thanks goes to each and every one of them.

Each of these individuals has a few critical attributes in common:

  • They are deeply committed to inclusion as a key criteria of organizational success.
  • Their daily lives, both personally and professionally, exude inclusive leadership behaviors.
  • They have deep expertise in the industries they represent, with knowledge of how diversity and inclusion impact the talent and business objectives of their industry.
  • They are generous with their knowledge and gravitas and believe in our ability to help the organizations we serve.


Marshall Goldsmith
Leadership Coach and Best-Selling Author


Patricia Stewart
V.P., Human Resources, Global Product Development, Roche Pharmaceuticals, Inc.


Alex Balazs
Vice President, Chief Architect, Intuit


Rod MacKenzie
Chief Development Officer, Pfizer


Marsha Jones
Chief Diversity Officer, PNC


Jami DeBrango Palumbo
Vice President, Sequencing Operations, Genentech