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Denise Brosseau's Bio

Denise Brosseau has dedicated her career to advancing women leaders and moving change forward around issues that matter. She has the unique position of being a thought leader about thought leadership.

As the CEO of Thought Leadership Lab, Denise works with leaders and their teams to accelerate their journey from leader to thought leader. She believes that thought leadership is not marketing nor sales but instead is building a following for your ideas, thus building trust and credibility, amplifying influence and catalyzing strategic connections that lead to a seat at the table for the conversations that matter.  Thought Leadership Lab clients include social entrepreneurs, start-up CEOs and executives at Fortune 500 companies like eBay, Agilent and Bank of America. What they have in common is that they are all change agents in their field and are interested in building a personal platform so they can effect social, industry, community or organizational change. 

Denise is the author of Ready to Be a Thought Leader?, (Wiley 2014) and she is a lecturer at Stanford Business School on topics of credibility, influence and thought leadership. She is a frequent guest author for, and the UK Daily Telegraph Business Reporter and her ideas have also appeared in Fast Company, Entrepreneur and Forbes.

Denise has spoken before tens of thousands of people worldwide, at companies like Roche, Microsoft and Google; leadership conferences, including the California, Indiana and Arizona Governor's Conferences and the Grace Hopper Conference for Women in Computing; and organizations like Coro and the Association of California Nurse Leaders. She has also guest lectured at Wellesley, Berkeley, Princeton, University of Winchester and MIT. 

Denise has developed and led women's leadership programs for Liberty Global, Nimble Storage, Gracenote and KPMG. Over 9 years, her programs at KPMG have measurably impacted their retention of women leaders. As part of her work with organizations, Denise facilitates strategy sessions, retreats, and thought leadership development sessions. Her recent clients include the Packard Foundation, Vermillion, the California Community College Chancellor’s Office, Barstow College, Planned Parenthood, PG&E and the Women’s Startup Lab. 

In May 2014, Denise was honored by the Silicon Valley Business Journal as among their Top 100 Women of Influence. In 2012, she was recognized as a Champion of Change by the White House and honored with a Forever Green Award by the Girl Scouts. She was also recognized as one of six Women Who Have Made Their Mark by Watermark. In 2013, she received the Stanford STARS Award for her volunteer work encouraging entrepreneurship among women students at Stanford Business School.

A Wellesley graduate with a Stanford MBA, Denise began her career in the technology industry at companies like Motorola and Broderbund Software. She was the founding CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (FWE). She grew FWE (now Watermark) into the country’s leading organization for women-led start-ups. In 1999, she co-founded Springboard, the prestigious women’s startup launch pad that has led to over $6 billion in funding for women entrepreneurs. She also co-founded and served as President of Invent Your Future Enterprises and co-created the Invent Your Future Conference that is now in its 8th year. 

Community and Board Service

Denise is a member and past board member of the Northern California Chapter of the International Women's Forum and member and past Chair of the Wellesley Business Leadership Council. Denise is a long-time advocate for choice. She serves on the Leadership Council of NARAL Pro-Choice America and previously served as Chair of the Advocates board of Planned Parenthood Mar Monte and as a Board Member of 416 Holdings, a for profit company formed to increase the financial self-sufficiency of Planned Parenthood affiliates. She also serves on the advisory board of several start-ups including Kokko, Inc., The GUILD and Vermillion and as an advisor to Watermark, Invent Your Future Enterprises and Springboard.

Learn more about why Denise founded Thought Leadership Lab. Learn more about our services. Contact Denise. Mailing address: 62 Pelican Lane, Redwood City, CA 94065

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