Deanna Singh is recognized as a leading authority in building innovative opportunities within underserved communities. As Chief Change Agent and Founder of Flying Elephant, Deanna is a highly respected thought leader, who has spent almost 20 years researching, designing and building asset-based solutions to complex social challenges. Today she travels the world inspiring and educating audiences.
A gifted communicator, entrepreneurial businesswoman, and trailblazer Deanna’s interactive style combines personal stories with authenticity, vulnerability, and humor that takes the audience on a journey of self-discovery.
Her social entrepreneurship and advocacy experience also included leadership positions with Dohmen Constellations, The Burke Foundation, The Robert W. Baird Foundation, Milwaukee Renaissance Academy, Legal Action of Wisconsin and The Milwaukee Street Law Project. Singh also has served as adjunct professor at Marquette University Graduate and Law School. She recently completed her first two children’s book I Am a Boy of Color, and I Am a Girl of Color and was a featured as a TEDx speaker. She is also set to release her first business book, Purposeful Hustle, in Fall of 2018
Singh was recognized by the Milwaukee Business Journal as one of the community’s most influential 40 under 40 leaders and the 8 Under 40 to Watch for the University of Wisconsin School of Business. She is also the recipient of the United Way’s Philanthropic Five Award, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction Leadership Development Hero Award and was a White House Fellowship Regional Finalist.
She currently serves on the national boards of LIFT and College Possible. She is also a member of the Milwaukee Public Schools Foundation. Past board roles include but are not limited to First Stage Milwaukee, Marquette University’s College of Professional Studies Advisory Board and the Wisconsin Bar Association’s Diversity Committee.
A native of Milwaukee, Singh earned her Bachelor of Arts in Urban Studies from Fordham University, a Juris Doctorate from Georgetown University, and a Master’s in Business Administration from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is also a trained Labor and Birth Doula and serves as the co-founder of Birth Coach Milwaukee.
Singh lives in Wisconsin with her husband, Justin, and two sons, Zion and Zephaniah.
"Passion is often masked as a luxury when it is really an essential ingredient in life."
Deanna offered a remarkable Keynote to kickoff our AmeriCorps members' term of service. Her genuine warmth and excitement was absolutely motivational and truly set the stage. We continue to get stories and appreciation for her amazing presentation. We are so grateful to have shared a powerfully inspiring moment of growth with such a tremendous change agent!
Amy Porter, Event Planner
Deanna is an artful, honest storyteller. She weaves her stories into messages filled with wisdom and delivers those messages in ways that touch the heart and soul. Those who listen to her walk away with a greater awareness of their individual power and a greater confidence that they can translate that "power" into a substantive and meaningful change in their communities.
Christine Hill, Executive Director, Future Milwaukee
Deanna was authentic, engaging and delivered a message that was inspiring and uplifting - much needed given the major endeavors our agency currently faces.
Patty Metropulos, Executive Director & CEO, Kathy's House