Denise Brosseau is a well-known thought leader and expert in leadership, entrepreneurship, and executive talent development. She is the founder and CEO of Thought Leadership Lab (formerly Well-Connected Leader, Inc.) that specializes in building the visibility, credibility and thought leadership of executives and CEOs. Clients include senior leaders at Apple, Medtronic and Agilent as well as start-up entrepreneurs, non-profit leaders and service professionals.
Denise is a frequent keynote and seminar speaker at companies like Intel, Abbott Labs and Roche; women’s leadership conferences including the California Governor’s Conference for Women; and college campuses, including Wellesley, Berkeley and Stanford Business School. She has been engaged by KPMG to offer a one-day seminar for their women leaders in over 50 cities since 2008.
In 2012, Denise 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 theStanford 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 high tech industry with marketing and business development roles at Motorola, Broderbund, and Kensington. At Motorola, she led two product teams that won Best of Comdex awards in their categories, speech and handwriting recognition.
Denise then co-founded and served as the first CEO of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs (now Watermark), growing it into the country’s leading organization for women-led start-ups with 7 offices across the US and Europe. Denise also co-founded and continues to serve on the National Council of Advisors to Springboard Enterprises, the prestigious women’s start-up launch pad that has led to over $5 billion in funding for women entrepreneurs.
After leaving FWE in 2002, Denise started a strategy consulting business, Brosseau & Associates, which she left in 2004 to join the campaign team for Steve Westly, then California State Controller, during his unsuccessful run for Governor. Her role as Northern California Director positioned her to build an extensive network of politically engaged executives and entrepreneurs and she successfully raised over $1M for the candidate. After leaving the campaign, she returned to consulting, working for such clients as Cisco, the Stupski Foundation and several high growth start-ups.
In 2005, Denise co-founded and served as President of Invent Your Future Enterprisesand helped create the Invent Your Future Conference, now in its 7th year. In 2008, she left to found Well-Connected Leader, Inc. (now Thought Leadership Lab) and began consulting part-time with the PG&E PowerPathway team to create award-winning workforce development and up-skilling programs. It was through her work with this team, under the leadership of Van Ton-Quinlivan (now Vice Chancellor of the CA Community Colleges), that she developed her seven-step thought leadership process now documented in her upcoming book, Ready to Be a Thought Leader?, to be published by Wiley Press/Jossey-Bass in January, 2014.
Community and Board Service
Denise is a member and past board member of the International Women’s Forum and member and past Chair of the Wellesley Business Leadership Council. She serves 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 technology start-ups and as an advisor to the Women’s Startup Lab, Watermark,Invent Your Future Enterprises and Springboard.