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Veronica Appleton

  • Adjunct Faculty
  • ​MA (DePaul University)​​​​​
  • Communication and Media; Communication Studies
  • ​Areas of Expertise: Health communication, diversity and inclusion, organizational development and learning
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Veronica S. Appleton is an adjunct professor in the College of Communication with a focus on organizational and intercultural communications. Her research interests include organizational development in the workplace, communications and organizational learning, and diversity and inclusion within workplace environments.

Her academic preparation includes a Bachelor of Arts from Purdue University and a Master of Arts from DePaul University. She is currently pursuing a doctoral degree (expected 2018) in organizational behavior and leadership at The Chicago School of Professional Psychology with significant research interests in organizational culture, employee engagement, diversity and inclusion, and the creative industry.

Veronica currently serves as Project Manager and Co-Chair for Global Culture & Inclusion at FCB Chicago. Prior to joining FCB Chicago in 2015, Veronica served in various roles within academia at Northwestern University Kellogg School of Management, Feinberg School of Medicine, and Purdue University. She also served in various roles at Burrell Communications, ABC 7 Chicago, Sports Illustrated, and PepsiCo: Gatorade & Propel Fitness Water.

In addition to her professional and academic roles, Veronica is also a multicultural children’s author and her debut book, Journey to Appleville, shares a tale of diversity for all multicultural families. Veronica is also an Associate Board Member for New Mom's, Inc., a board member for Coalesce and ColorComm, a supporter for the South Side Community Art Center, and the Young Women's Leadership Charter School.

Veronica has been featured in 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 35 Under 35 Schools, and received a nomination for the 2016 Bill Sharp Award. She is a native Chicagoan.

In her spare time, Veronica loves visiting art galleries, developing research pertaining to interests, writing children books, and participating in marathon walks – which she was awarded her first medal in the World Vision 6k Walk for Water in 2015 and 2016.

Selected Publications


  • Appleton, Veronica S. "Assessing the Effectiveness of Patient-Centered Medical Homes", in Context of Culture.
  • Appleton, Veronica S. (featured author). “Getting to Open and Action Successfully: Proven Strategies for Email Marketing”, PR News Writer’s Guidebook Vol. 1.​

​​Media Appearances

Award Show

MADE Magazine Impact Awards, part of the host committee for the marketing arm of the program. (2015)​