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denise r. ammaccapane, cdp
Chief Inspiration Officer

Diversity is a journey and not a destination.

Denise is the Founder of Avanti Solutions. Prior to launching her consulting firm, she worked for Sodexo for 25 years, the 18th largest employer in the world who has been a consistent leader in Diversity and Inclusion. She held several national leadership roles including Director of Workplace Diversity, Senior Director of Training and Development, Senior Director of Diversity Recruiting as well several regional Operational Leadership positions supporting corporations, universities, K-12 public schools and private K-12 schools.

She is passionate about creating environments of inclusion that allows people to bring their whole self to work. She does this by developing and delivering innovative training and edu-tainment while creating aha moments in an inclusive environment. This helps companies increase employee engagement, retention and profits. She is skilled at making visions become a reality and known for her innovative entrepreneurial approach navigating through complex situations. She has extensive experience in developing and implementing diversity councils and employee resource/affinity groups. She is known as the “Volunteer Queen” where she has developed numerous successful volunteer programs both in her personal life as well as in business that are throughout the US, Canada, France and the UK.

Diversity is inviting people to the party- Inclusion is asking them to dance.

If you are looking to get more employees on the dance floor, no matter where you are on your journey, she is the person to help you get there. It all just starts with a simple conversation.

Denise holds a BS degree from Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester NY. She is a certified Diversity Practitioner, through the Society for Diversity as well as a certified John Maxwell TEAM Trainer, Speaker and Coach.

Denise brings a wealth of knowledge, energy, passion, and excitement to any audience from the frontline employee to the CEO in any industry.

For fun she loves to take road trips in her MINI Copper convertible, “Bella Sole” ( beautiful sun) and is active in the Nashville British Car Club. Wherever she goes she loves to gather rocks and collect heart shaped stones.