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Testimonials

Speaking (Keynotes, Seminars, Workshops)

“Denise has consistently been an outstanding choice for our Women in Leadership events. She is incredibly talented as both a speaker and a facilitator, and was instrumental in kicking off both our Pleasanton and San Francisco groups. The executives and entrepreneurs attending our event gave glowing feedback – they felt that Denise’s presentation was engaging, inspiring, and relevant in providing thoughtful, actionable strategies on how to build influence and expand the impact of their ideas. Denise is truly an incredible resource, and I would highly recommend her to anyone looking for a brilliant, experienced, inspiring keynote speaker.
- Alexandra K. Davis, CAP®
Financial Advisor, Morgan Stanley

“We engaged Denise to speak to our members about how to advocate for themselves in the workplace. Her presentation was spot on as she took the time to understand our specific needs and the company culture. Denise has an engaging speaking style and managed to put a new and memorable twist on advice about effective communication. After the event, we received many emails from our members about how much they enjoyed Denise’s presentation and how valuable they found it.”
- G. Chan
Co-Chair of a woman-focused employee resource group at a global financial institution


We invited Denise to speak to a roomful of Palo Alto Lean In Circle members. Most of our members were getting their first lesson in Thought Leadership. Denise taught us about the impact that we could make, the importance of being first followers but, most importantly, CAREER INSURANCE! Denise can turn anyone into the person whom everyone wants to hire, who makes things happen, who has a great reputation [and] who makes others more effective…
Her genius is the simplicity of her message, and she makes a tremendous impact, all while entertaining you! Denise’s visit with us was transformational, and I would highly recommend her.
- Myra Nawabi
Facilitator of Palo Alto Lean In Circle (The Largest Lean In Circle in Bay Area)

Denise is a knowledgeable and dynamic speaker! Her breakout session on Thought Leadership at our 2012 conference was informative and thought provoking for our members. She attracted a standing-room only crowd. We've invited her back to keynote at our 2014 conference!
- 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
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
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. Her sessions always rate over a 4.5 on a scale of 10 and we get many positive comments from all of the participants.
- Sandra Bushby
National Director of Women's Initiatives, KPMG

Thank you for sharing your insight, knowledge and experience this afternoon. I found the "Accelerate Your Career Success with Mentors, Coaches and Sponsors" seminar you presented at Abbott HQ was 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 her 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 is one of our most-requested speakers and regularly attracts a tribe of raving fans at each year's conference. Whether she's speaking about thought leadership, mentors or building your career through networking, her sessions are always highly rated and the audiences really respond to her humor and warmth, as well as her practical and actionable ideas.
- 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 P.
KPMG

Thanks to the thought provoking discussions I experienced in your 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 (AWIS). 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) was very well-received and much appreciated. Everyone found the program tremendously helpful and a lively discussion followed that included  everyone strategizing various work issues, how to use mentors in specific situations, and even sharing their resumes. WANDA is deeply grateful to you, Denise, for your time and talents in providing this training pro bono for our non-profit program and for the fantastic advice you shared with these dedicated and hard working WANDA members. We hope to have the opportunity to work with you again for our future classes!
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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

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



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. She has been an invaluable asset to me as I scaled my career from corporate executive at PG&E to the Vice Chancellor's office. I couldn't have done it without her.
 Van Ton-Quinlivan
Vice Chancellor, Workforce Development and Career Technical Education, California Community Colleges Chancellor's Office

Denise proved to be an invaluable resource for me as I explored career options and focused 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
CEO, Signiant

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
Senior Account Manager, UPS

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 services 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

Business Consulting

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
CEO, Technology Credit Union

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
Vice President, Global Sales Engineering at Oracle