Binnu Palta Hill has spent the last 24 years in the UW System teaching, consulting and designing programming that enhances inclusion by leveraging strategic leadership and organizational cultural dexterity. Since 2008, she has led The Office of Diversity and Inclusion at the Wisconsin School of Business where she works closely with the Dean to develop a DEI strategy with the goals of enhancing diversity among students, faculty and staff, and fostering an inclusive culture. A distinguishing factor in her approach is the combination of academic research and lived experience to dissect core issues related to identity differences. This approach is apparent in the Diversity Lunch and Learn Series she founded in 2010. Ms. Hill teaches inclusive leadership in the Wisconsin MBA Programs, and serves as the director of DEI programs for the Center for Executive and Professional Development.
In May 2015, Ms. Hill represented WSB at the White House as Wisconsin became one of the first business schools to commit to best practices for increasing opportunities in business for women and preparing a culturally competent 21st century workforce. She has also served on a number of advisory boards such as the WI Governor’s Youth Summit, Information Technology Academy and the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. In recognition for her contributions to UW-Madison and the Madison community, she has received several awards including the UW-Madison Outstanding Woman of Color award, Wisconsin Innovation Award, the Wisconsin Alumni Association Leadership Award.
Ms. Hill has been a guest speaker at over 100 conferences throughout the United States and Europe, including the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), Women and Leadership Symposium, and AACSB International Diversity Forum. She has served as a consultant for culture and inclusion for over two dozen corporations including Cooper Robertson, Grant Thornton, and M3 Insurance. Her engagements range from one-hour keynotes to recurrent hands-on workshops on topics such as the impact of diverse identities on workplace interactions, conflict resolution, negotiation, employee engagement, innovation and consciously cultivating inclusion through inclusive leadership. She has been a featured speaker in National Broadcasting Association’s Leadership Lab series. Her work on ‘Building Inclusive Business Cultures” has also been featured in The Capital Times, Biz Education and NBC15 news.