Denise Thomas

Founder & Owner, The Effective Communication Coach, LLC

Denise Thomas is the Founder 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 100 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 organizations including Junior Achievement USA, Feeding America, Thurgood Marshall Leadership Institute and the National Urban League. She currently consults for highly regarded employers including Southern Company, Manpower Group and Northwestern Mutual.

Denise was recently recognized with multiple awards by the Milwaukee Business Journal including 2019 Woman of Influence and Top 100 Power Broker for 2018, 2019 and 2020. 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 in 2020.

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 the Milwaukee Ballet, 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 certified as a Leadership Coach, 360 Degree Feedback Assessor and E-Learning Trainer/Facilitator. 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.