• Leonard Webb

Ethnic Gem: Dr. Danielle Marlene Robinson, PhD

Updated: Sep 4, 2019


Company: Diageo Title: Director, Alcohol Policy and Reputation Management

State: CT



Danielle Robinson has more than 28 years of experience in domestic and global human resources covering the consumer goods, beverage, entertainment and pharmaceutical industries. Danielle is currently Director, Alcohol Policy and Reputation Management at Diageo, the world’s largest liquor manufacturer where she leads all Responsible Drinking Programs and Partnerships as well as community engagement.


She is also Director of the North America Learning Skills for Life Program, a global educational training program delivered in local communities to provide hospitality skills to the underemployed. Formerly, she was the Director, Diversity and Early Career at Diageo. She lectures across the United States at conferences and universities on Diversity and Inclusion management within Corporations.


In her role as Chief Diversity Officer, Diageo received numerous awards, including Top 100 Companies for Working Mothers (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009), Top 100 Companies for Executive Women by NAFE (2012, 2010), Top Diversity Employer (2011, 2010, 2009), Top 100 Companies to Work by the Human Rights Campaign (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008) and Top 25 Diversity Councils (2012, 2011, 2010, 2009). Most recently, she has received PR Daily’s Community Affairs Award (2014), PR News Community Affairs Award (2015) Communitas Award (2016), CDP Climate A and Water A lists (2017, 2016) and Sabre Award (2018).


Prior to Diageo, Danielle worked for Unilever, Schering-Plough Pharmaceuticals, and Simon & Schuster where she had responsibility for domestic and international human resources encompassing: diversity management, recruitment, training and development, employee relations, compensation and succession planning.


Danielle is a member of the Connecticut Jackie Robinson Selection Committee, Jack and Jill of America, Norwalk Hospital Board of Directors, Norwalk Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, College Bridge Café Board of Directors and a Board member of the Carver Foundation of Norwalk.


She has been featured in Savoy Magazine amongst Movers and Shakers in corporate America (2009) as well as Rolling Out Magazine (2008, 2009) and Diversity Executive Magazine (2009) in addition to numerous newspaper articles. In 2012, she received the Top 100 Emerging Leaders award from Diversity MBA Magazine and in 2014 received both the Top 25 Most Influential Women in Business award by the Network Journal and Savoy’s 2014 Top Influential Women in Corporate America.


She has published articles in Savoy Magazine, including Getting the ROI of Diversity Conferences (2008), Networking: The New Reality (2012) and the Norwalk Hour, What You May Be Overlooking When Planning Your Party (2015).


Danielle has an undergraduate degree in Communication from Rutgers University and a Masters Degree in Corporate Communication from Seton Hall University. She also has a Doctorate degree in Public Administration from Warren National University and holds a WSET Level 1 Wines Certification.


Please join me in welcoming Dr. Danielle Marlene Robinson PhD as an Ethnic GEM!


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