Who is the Effective Communication Coach?

Denise Thomas is the President 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 500 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 the National Black MBA Association, National Urban League, Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute, and the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Milwaukee. She currently consults for Kraft Heinz, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Illinois, Northwestern Mutual and Manpower Group amongst others.

Denise was recently recognized with multiple awards by the Milwaukee Business Journal including 2019 Woman of Influence and Top 100 Power Broker for 2018 & ’19. 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.

Denise is a Lead Facilitator at St. Norbert College as part of the School of Business’s Center of Exceptional Leadership and also an Instructor for the Cardinal Stritch University Mission Fuel Leadership Program. She serves on numerous non-profit organization’s Board of Directors and Advisory Councils including Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin, United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County’s Women United Leadership Council and Cardinal Stritch University College of Business Advisory Council. She is also a certified Hogan Assessment and CEL 360 Coach. Denise is a graduate of Cardinal Stritch University in Business Management and a proud member of The Links Incorporated – Milwaukee Chapter.

She is a proud mother of two future leaders, her daughter Dominique and son Daren.

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