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Denise is a knowledgeable and dynamic speaker! Her session on Thought Leadership at our 2012 conference was informative and thought provoking for our members. Many have requested that we invite her back to present at a future event.
- Patricia McFarland, MS, RN, FAAN
CEO, Association of California Nurse Leaders
We have invited Denise to lead two of our Women in Licensing WiLPower Workshops, one on the qualities of leadership, and the other on the value and practice of networking.
Denise’s presentations are unique in two respects. First, she has a thorough substantive knowledge of the necessary elements of career development and success. Her presentations reflect a clear framework that she has obviously invested time researching and constructing as a tool for guiding professionals in their development.
Even more so, Denise delivers a captivating presentation, using both practical pointers and real-life anecdotes in a way that makes her audience eager to begin practicing her recommendations.
Denise is obviously passionate about career development strategies. She has an exceptional ability for engaging her audience and focusing them on immediate actions they can take to improve their networking and leadership skills.
- Mona Sabet, Corporate VP, Cadence Design Systems and Co-Founder, Women in Licensing, WiLPower program
Last night was my first time at the Women's Startup Lab. I did not expect more than something fluffy about women being more assertive and taking more initiative. Instead your talk was probably one of the most useful talks on women in leadership I've ever heard. I was impressed with how many useful, concrete pieces of advice you gave.... Your talk made me realize that being the CEO of a technology company is completely different from being the team leader in a company. Following your advice, I will take steps towards presenting myself more effectively. Thanks again!
- Nancy Hua, CEO, Apptimize
Thank you very much for coming to speak at Abbott Vascular yesterday! It was so wonderful to have you. Having been involved with professional organizations for many years, I’ve been to countless career development and related lectures. After awhile they really do all start sounding the same, and I begin to feel like I didn’t learn much (though they can act as a wonderful validation that I already have the tools I need to succeed). Your lecture was different—I learned so much that I did not know before, thought of things I did know in a new and enlightening way, and left feeling more empowered than I have in a very long time--and I’m not even trying to flatter you (just telling the truth!).
- Lucia Mokres, DVM, Senior Clinical Scientist, Abbott Vascular
Denise’s audiocast at Intel Corporation in Santa Clara on “Courage, Confidence, and Coaching” was superb! The audiocast was broadcast across the US and Costa Rica and replays are still being downloaded around the globe. The feedback from our employees has been fabulous. One employee said 'Excellent, Excellent! The material was very well presented, engaged the audience, and added real value.' Many people commented that they learned so much from the 90-minute session.
Denise’s relaxed style, attention to detail, and mastery of the subject matter made it easy for our employees to understand they didn’t have to find one [mentor] to offer them everything. They need to network, reach out, and get coaching and mentoring from a whole bunch of different people. Denise has a gift for connecting people, even when she can’t see them! She helps people understand how they need to make the necessary connections to progress in their career. I am privileged to know her, and lucky to learn from her.
- Elizabeth Mason, Operation Program Manager, California Corporate Services, Intel Corporation
Denise’s workshop session on “Becoming a Thought Leader” at the Invent Your Future Conference was very insightful. I got a better understanding of the path from a leader to a thought leader; learned several tools including listing my credentials, building my support base, providing social proof and above all communicating to become an effective thought leader. I am very excited to try all these techniques in the coming months and hope to report back success stories of my own. Thank you very much Denise.
- Piyanka Jain, Sr. Manager, PayPal
Denise has always done an exceptional job presenting her Managing Career/Life Workshops at our KPMG offices across the country. She is a key component of our strategy to train and retain our senior managers.
- Sandra Bushby, National Director of Women's Initiatives, KPMG
Thank you for sharing your insight, knowledge and experience this afternoon. I found the "Well-Connected Leader: Accelerate Your Career Success with Mentors, Coaches and Sponsors" seminar very enlightening and inspiring. There is more I can and SHOULD be doing to expand my network and my opportunities to grow professionally - there were quite a few "light bulb" moments for me! You were a situational mentor to me today, thank you.
- Colleen Rafferty, Abbott, Hemotology Division
Denise was a speaker at a Coro alumni event and demonstrated how to effectively use LinkedIn as a powerful resource in our professional lives. In a brief session, Denise imparted a wealth of knowledge about her experience with LinkedIn and the benefits we can all derive from it. She transformed the audience into "eager LinkedIn beavers" in no time. Denise is extremely approachable and makes a great mentor.
- Nitika Sarah Kuruvilla, Director, Business Operations, ArcanaNetworks
A talented trainer, possessed of a wealth of people skills and industry knowledge, and a great public speaker, Denise is an excellent ally. I participated in a training session with her, and she had the group of assembled type A plus people eating out of her hand and scribbling notes about her pearls of wisdom within moments. She's someone you want on your side.
- Alex Clemens, Board Member, Coro Leadership
Denise consistently delivers great content to our audiences, is totally dependable and is always a pleasure to work with! Her sessions are always highly rated and the audiences really respond to her humor and warmth.
- Ruth Stergiou, CMP, CEO, Planning Dynamics, Event Production
“Denise, your presentation and workshop received top reviews from our TechLeaders audience! Given that the room was filled with tenured professors from top universities, as well as industry leaders, that is really saying something!
- Telle Whitney, CEO, Anita Borg Institute
"I just wanted to say thank you again for coming all the way to Dallas to teach our [Managing Career/Life Choices] workshop yesterday. I had a great time in the class! You are truly a motivational speaker. Once I thought about my personal life goals and created an action plan, the career goals just kind of seemed to follow. Thank you so much for an amazing day!!"
- Ashlee, KPMG
Thanks to the thought provoking discussions I experienced in your 2007 KPMG workshop, as well as the new ideas introduced to me in last week's session, I feel I'm closer than ever to achieving the life of my dreams. Thank you for all that you've brought to us in your workshops.
- Valerie Herenchak, KPMG
“Thank you very much for your fantastic talk Thursday night at Cisco. I learned a lot from your presentation and wish I had heard it 10 years ago when I first joined the company.”
- Mei Wang, Ph.D., Head of Cisco Asia-Pacific Research
"I was thrilled when you leveraged the energy in the room to focus on pay negotiation - a politically difficult direction to take, but you did it well. [We] plan to explore other opportunities with you."
- Chile Hile, Sr. Marketing Manager, Intuit
“I really enjoyed your seminar for American Women in Science - Palo Alto in December. It was insightful, thought provoking and uplifting. I found myself driving home and imagining the lioness in me and I have used that idea several times since to inspire me at work! Thank you for sharing your wisdom with us.”
- Simona Neumann, Sr. Scientist, Geron
Our guests were very impressed with the meeting where you and Karen spoke. They had such a good time and there were a lot of excellent comments about the format and the questions were right on target with what business owners need to think about today, i.e. working collaboratively and not competitively.
- Maxine Goulding, NAWBO Silicon Valley
Denise's seminar, "Courage, Confidence and Coaching, Finding Your Path" that she offered to the WANDA group ( "Women's Achievement Network and Development Alliance) in January focused on "mentoring": using strategic contacts to help you advance at your current place of work. Denise did a great job of both outlining the various types of mentors one should have in their career but also how the participants must cultivate them to help them achieve both short and long term career goals. Everyone found this discussion tremendously helpful and a lively discussion followed that included the everyone strategizing various work issues, how to use mentors in specific situations, and even sharing their resumes. WANDA is deeply grateful for Denise's time and talents in providing this training pro bono for our non-profit program and for the fantastic advice she shared with these dedicated and hard working WANDA members who were so eager for her guidance. We hope to have the opportunity to work with Denise again for our future classes!
- Susan Kokores, Co-Founder, WANDA
I've attended several talks, workshops and meetings about career management strategies. Nothing came close to the expertise and advice Denise offered. Within an hour, I gained a much clearer and more informed approach to self-promotion and job search strategies. I can't thank you enough!
- Eva Glasrud, MA Candidate in Psychology, Stanford University
Participating in the Managing Career/Life Planning Workshop was just the impetus I needed to get my day-to-day activities aligned with my bigger life priorities. The one page format also really helps me stay focused and on track. Thanks Denise for a great workshop. I'll definitely recommend it to others!'
- Lee Sigler, Senior Executive, San Carlos, CA
Denise Brosseau is a rare combination of someone who is both an expert in her field and a committed sharer of ideas. In her presentation at the Microsoft Conference in San Francisco, I was blown away by her capacity to clearly articulate a topic that, up to that point had seemed convoluted and inaccessible to me. Then, immediately after the presentation, not only did she follow up on a question that I had asked during the session, but she then went on to ask me about my business. Without any prompting, she offered to put me in touch with a potential business partner. Out of all my years of attending business conferences, I have never come in contact with a presenter who is that willing to extend herself. Whereas others talk about their commitment to the concept of mentoring, Denise actually puts her words into action. She is a model of what it means to be a leader.
- Laura Putnam, Principal, Motion Infusion
I want to thank-you for your presentation today. You did a fantastic job. I am impressed with the many applications and tips you were able to cover. I am also pleased with how many comments and questions we had throughout the webinar.
- Robin Pieracci, Women in Consulting
The self-promotion workshop you offered at Stanford today was extremely helpful and relevant. It pointed out some disparities in the workplace between women and men and challenged us to bridge these disparities by learning how to self-promote. Not only was the workshop useful for my internship search process, but it has empowered me with some of the tools necessary to succeed in the future.
- Nina W., Stanford graduate student
Executive Talent Agent
“Denise is an untiring champion of seeing in you what is possible and is very constructive in providing advice and strategy as you take on new projects, positions or roles."
- Van Ton-Quinlivan, Director, Strategic HR Projects, PG&E
Denise is proving to be an invaluable resource for me as I explore career options and focus on increasing my connections with the local community. She listens carefully and she really understands the business world, so her insights are relevant and practical – she never falls back on boilerplate generic advice. She’s able to move easily from serving as a sounding board on broad strategic issues to providing focused tactical support for specific goals. Denise’s energy and enthusiasm are contagious, and she’s great fun to be around! I can highly recommend her services to any executive seeking a sophisticated, objective, well-connected advisor.
- Margaret Craig, Senior Executive, Digital Media Industry
When Denise makes a recommendation, I listen! Denise has proven to be an excellent personal and professional coach and adviser. Her business acumen and knowledge have been very settling through some very unsettling times. Denise is a risk taker who has advised me on how to take calculated risks that support my big picture vision. Denise’s follow-up is excellent and her Rolodex is outstanding. Whenever I need a recommendation for other professional service providers, I can always call on Denise for a sound referral. She is unselfish with her time, her talents and with sharing resources. I know her clients and her colleagues benefit from her excellent networking skills. I look forward to continuing to work with her in the future.
- Janet Miller Evans, President, Growth Strategies Unlimited
Denise has helped connect me to people I needed to aid with my consulting business, with great results. She really goes above and beyond the call of duty, offers regular, useful recommendations and insights into actions I can take to better market my business. She is a wealth of information and helpful advice, and is enthusiastic about her work. I highly recommend Denise for your business or personal coaching.
- Maureen Gevertz, Business Consultant
Denise is an amazing person who listens and explains in great detail. With her extensive background in career development she is able to find solutions for you that open your mind to new paths to grow. I would also recommend her Career/Life Planning Workshop for anyone looking to explore new paths in their career.
- Anna Jacobi, Sr Global Program Manager, Macrovision
"I enjoyed how you made it possible for me to get deep and really think about the WHY's and HOW's
to manage this career transition, and then to plan and realize that I
can do this without so much apprehension."
- Maria R., Orange County, CA
Denise helped me re-think and re-focus my thinking around my work, which is a good thing to do when you're halfway through life. It is easy for an academic to get stuck in a rut - teaching the same courses, doing the same kind of research and writing the same sorts of papers year after year, and getting caught up in lots of "administrivia." Denise asks great probing questions and identifies clear action steps, which has helped me move in new and different directions and use my skills in new ways.
- Lisa B., Professor, University of Minnesota
Denise is a delight to work with and a wealth of information and contacts for start-up company CEOs. She is very bright and excellent at brainstorming. Denise is quick at honing business ideas into successful businesses. I enjoyed her high energy and professionalism.
- Suanne Bassett, Architect, Suba
I have been so happy to have Denise as an advisor to me and my company GoQTT. She was able to help me crystallize my fundraising pitch and then introduced me to several investors who participated in the seed round of funding. She continues to offer great on-going advice on the growth of our company; has helped me secure speaking opportunities at industry events; and is a definite advocate for the success of GoQTT. I highly recommend her to any entrepreneur who is ready to take their company to the next level.
- Quinn Tran, CEO & Co-Founder, GoQTT
Denise has turned out to be a wonderful asset and advocate for me and for my company Corefino during our fundraising process. She helped us clarify our message and tighten our fundraising pitch as well as introducing us to lots of interested angel investors and partners. I would recommend her to any entrepreneur looking to fast-track their company’s growth.
- Karen Northup, CEO & Founder, Corefino
Denise has been a terrific addition to our start-up team. Within just 2 months, Denise was able to focus our broad vision into a concise, well-defined value proposition - a goal that had eluded us for nearly 6 months. We highly recommend Denise as someone who has the knowledge, connections and experience, as well as the sincere passion, to make YOU a successful entrepreneur.
- Stewart Carl and Bill MacKenzie, Co-founders, Impix
Denise is an incredible connector--she is great at putting together the right people within her vast network. Her experience in coaching entrepreneurs has given her tremendous insights into both the business and personal needs of business leaders.
- Barbara Kamm, Principal, Kamm Consulting
Denise is an exceptional advisor and master motivator for me as I grown my company, Reach Communications. I have come to rely on her wisdom and advice, as well as her ability to help me set ambitious goals and then achieve them. Denise brings a wealth of experience and terrific contacts to the table, but perhaps more importantly, she has the ability to listen, an important skill in any advisor! In just a few months, I have gone from relying on her as a trusted sounding board to being able to call her my friend.
- Lois Landau, CEO & Founder, Reach Communications
Denise is truly rare bird, in a very good way. She is results oriented, and she follows through on everything she says she'll do. She does it all with enormous tact, caring, generosity, a deep sense of awareness, and through it all, she maintains an enriching sense of humor. And she's very smart too. It is obvious why she has developed such a wide-ranging and loyal network of great people.
- Jason Feinsmith, former CEO and Founder, Accomplice
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