Veronica S. Appleton is a scholar, practitioner and author. At DePaul University she serves as Senior Lecturer of Intercultural Communications, joining the faculty in 2014. Appleton's research interests include race, culture, cultural intelligence equity, bias, behavior change, and gender identity. Operating as a scholar-practitioner, Appleton speaks on behalf of DePaul University at corporations and non-profits including Navistar, Ecolab, Peoples Gas, ComEd, Walgreens, Tyson Foods, One Million Degrees, National Able Network, Microsoft, and AbbVie to provide solution-oriented strategies, business cases, and lectures entitled “Communicating in an Inclusive Workplace”, “Mastering Implicit Bias”, “Equity & Cultural Intelligence in the Workplace”, and “Leadership through Storytelling.”
Prior to teaching, Appleton served in various roles including We Are Unlimited (DDB Worldwide Inc.), FCB Chicago, Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, Sports Illustrated, PepsiCo Gatorade and Propel Fitness Water, and Purdue University. She completed her undergraduate education at Purdue University (2010), graduate education at DePaul University (2013) and currently pursuing a doctoral degree in organizational leadership at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology (2019).
In addition to her professional and academic roles, Appleton is also the author of Journey to Appleville (2016), which shares a tale of friendship and goal setting for all families. The book has received acclaim from FOX 32 Chicago news, WGN TV, WCIU-TV, Story Monsters Ink Magazine, WGN Radio, Sinclair Broadcasting, Inspiration1390, and more. Appleton has been featured in Crain’s Chicago as a 2018 20 in their 20s Honoree, Diversity Journal’s Top Professionals in Higher Education, received the Relationship Advocate Award from Chicago’s Perspective Charter Schools, received the Champion of Growth Award from Coalesce Chicago, named the 2017 Chicago Scholars 35 Under 35 Honoree, received a nomination for the 2016 Bill Sharp Award, and received the 2017 DiversityMBA Magazine’s Top 100 under 50 Emerging Leaders Award.
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