Team Leadership

Denise Caleb, EdD, MEd, CME, PHR

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Senior Vice President, Global Diversity and Inclusion Strategy

Dr. Denise Caleb is a C-Suite executive, HR practitioner and Diversity and Inclusion (D&I) strategist. She has executive and strategic operational expertise that spans over 25 years in the HR and D&I space. She has demonstrated her success in managing various global organizations while also serving on a variety of executive teams and boards from startup to mid-size corporations.  

Dr. Caleb has worked for three Fortune 500 and publicly traded companies: Ford Motor Credit, the financial arm of Ford, EDMC under the Goldman Sachs umbrella, and Walgreens, the largest pharmaceutical company in the world. When working at one of the leading academic health systems in the country, The University of Kansas Health System, in addition to HR, she was responsible for employee health, occupational health and urgent care with over 30K visits per year, along with the administration of the flu clinic for over 10K employees.

For the past 15 years, she has led D&I initiatives that assessed and created D&I strategy and applied global knowledge and perspectives supporting the development of strategic processes that can be applied to various industries.

One of her many accomplishments was the implementation of a multi-faceted approach to D&I with the creation of cross-functional perspectives that included learning, think tanks, resources and partnerships. She was one of four HR Liaisons selected to lead the Walgreens corporate-wide DEI strategy for over 75K leaders, managers and employees.

As a military spouse, she experienced 13 moves and 8 deployments that enriched her global perspective and exposure to diverse cultures and locations.

Dr. Caleb graduated from Colorado State University with a bachelor’s degree in speech communication as well as a master’s in education with a concentration in organizational change, performance and human resource development. She graduated with her doctorate in organizational leadership and presented her dissertation, “The Succession Planning Experiences that African American Women Encountered When Achieving Executive Level Leadership” in 2013.

She recently completed her Harvard Business School (HBS) Certificate of Management Excellence (CME) a 36-month global executive education program. She holds a Professional in Human Resources® (PHR®) certification from HRCI and has also earned a Lean & Six Sigma Green Belt Certification from Colorado State University and a D&I Certificate from Cornell University.