Following Her Path: Deni Anderson on Climbing the Corporate Ladder and Breaking Gender Stereotypes

“Great leaders lay the groundwork for their employees to be successful, and are not threatened by their knowledge. Rather, they seek and welcome a higher lever of expertise from each of their team members."

Deni Anderson

In this episode, LRN's Marsha Ershaghi Hames interviews Deni Anderson, director of global compliance operations at Endeavor, a talent, events, and entertainment management company.

Anderson describes how she broadened her understanding on the compliance issues leaders face when she began to work on the inside of organizations. She shares the key traits of good leaders, and how training is necessary to make sure all levels of management support their employees. 

The hidden biases women face in the workplace, and how they can limit opportunities for female leaders, are explored. Anderson offers her thoughts on how to work to eliminate the barriers for women at work, including work/life balance programs, mentorship tracks for women leaders, and eliminating negative gender stereotypes. 



Deni Anderson is a program management expert in compliance operations, learning solutions and communications, and currently manages global compliance program operations at Endeavor, the leader in talent, events and entertainment management.  

Anderson previously managed the compliance learning and communication efforts at Univision Communications Inc., the leading media company serving Hispanic America and consumers. Before joining Univision, she managed the NBCUniversal global compliance learning program, redesigning processes and driving training efforts.

Anderson worked with the leaders in compliance as a solution provider, following her tenure in the finance sector coordinating multi-site operations, managing diversity and inclusion training and development efforts. Her passion is helping companies to develop a culture of compliance through creative training methodologies and influencing fundamental human behavior.



  • How did she decide to pursue a career in the compliance and ethics field? [00:35]

  • What has she seen as she shifted from being on the outside as a solution provider to bringing that in-house to organizations? [02:46]

  • What skills or traits do leaders today need to carry forward? [04:33]

  • What is her advice to companies that want to get their middle management teams involved in driving compliance and ethics? [06:23]

  • What are the most significant barriers to women rising in leadership? [08:04]

  • What are some of the strategies the next generation of women can use to break through those barriers? [10:25]

  • What will be some of the biggest disruptors as the compliance and ethics field evolves? [12:39]

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