Binnu Palta Hill
Binnu Palta Hill is the Assistant Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the Wisconsin School of Business (WSB). Prior to joining WSB in 2006, she spent over ten years in the UW System teaching, consulting, and designing programming that enhances inclusion by leveraging strategic leadership and organizational cultural dexterity. 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. These discussion forums on topics such as race, gender, and politics, have grown significantly over the last nine years and average a monthly attendance of 175 participants. Ms. Hill also teaches inclusive leadership in the Wisconsin MBA Programs.
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 theWI 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 was awarded the UW-Madison Outstanding Woman of Color award in spring 2017. In fall 2017, Ms. Hill was selected to participate in UW-Madison’s Kauffman Seminar for Leadership Development and received the WSB Innovation Award. Most recently, the far-reaching impact of Ms. Hill’s work was recognized with the 2018 Wisconsin Alumni Association Leadership Award.
Ms. Hill has been a guest speaker at over 50 conferences throughout the United States and in Europe, including the National Conference on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), Women and Leadership Symposium, AACSB International Diversity Forum, Changing Demographics, and All-State’s The Power of Diversity Conference. She has presented to over two dozen corporations including American Family Insurance, All State, Cooper Robertson, Forward Service Corporation, Grant Thornton, M3 Insurance and the QTI Group. 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. Her work on ‘Building Inclusive Business Cultures” has been featured in The Capital Times and Biz Education. Ms. Hill holds a Master of Business Administration degree. She also holds a Certification in the Foundations of NeuroLeadership and is a certified administrator of Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), a premier cross-cultural assessment program to measure and enhance inclusion.