DENISE PIRROTTI HUMMEL, J.D. is the Founder and Director of UNIVERSAL CONSENSUS, a company specializing in providing consulting and training services to multi-national companies, governments and organizations in conjunction with an alliance of strategic partners from across the globe. Ms. Hummel was accepted to The U.S. State Department Worldwide Speaker and Specialist Program, a program which consists of traveling and electronic events which allow American experts to engage with foreign audiences globally. Hummel was chosen, in part, due to the model she developed which is an adaptation of the Western Facilitative Mediation Model for Non-Western cultures. Hummel has also spoken at the Pentagon, Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Personnel and Readiness, where she conducted a presentation called, “Beyond Multi-Lingual: The Future of DoD” to the Director, Associate Director and Deputy Director of Culture under the Obama Administration. She is also the developer and instructor for a series of global trainings which USD (the University of San Diego) will offer as a Certification in Cross-Cultural Core Competence & Global Emergence Strategy. In addition to her responsibilities as Director of Universal Consensus, Hummel is the Executive Director of a non-profit organization called Global Peace Solutions and is the Co-Chair for Membership if the Alternative Dispute Resolution Committee of the San Diego Bar Association. Hummel is described by clients and colleagues as a compassionate, but driven, “can do” connector of people and ideas.
Ms. Hummel began her career as an employment and civil rights attorney litigating and mediating high profile disputes which in many cases had a profound impact on our country. She tried and won, for example, the first class action under the Americans With Disabilities Act, winning for over 200,000 hearing impaired residents of the City of New York, Emergency 9-11 services, and was named one of the Top 20 Young Attorneys in the United States that year by the American Bar Association. In addition to her 18 years in the employment law arena, Hummel devotes her time and effort to international concerns and to the promotion of peace on an individual and global level. She helped champion the movement now known as Peace Through Tourism, and was a keynote speaker at the International Institute of Peace Through Tourism Global Summit in Pattaya, Thailand, where she shared the podium with Ministry and dignitaries from all over the world. Her conflict resolution and cross-cultural training experiences have taken her to almost every continent of the globe. She speaks English and Italian fluently and French and Spanish, conversationally.