Denise Berger,​ Ed.D.
 Leadership    Culture      Impact

         I believe in motivating people to do good in the world. I believe in encouraging ethical, intelligent and innovative leaders who have the passion and strong sense of purpose to create positive, sustainable change for all humankind. As a survivor on 9/11/2001, when close friends and colleagues did not survive, I pour my energy, time, and resources toward those who are creating a thriving, collective, global society.
     I work with leaders, entrepreneurs, and non-profits on reinforcing a dynamic and cohesive organizational culture through leadership efficacy, team optimization, and collaboration in initiatives that have meaningful social, environmental and economic impact.       
     I focus on ways to engage key stakeholders in the business by aligning an organization's vision, mission and values to the strategy.  I advise leaders in their development of customized business practices that build operational excellence, emphasize innovation in thought and action, and encourage doing well in the marketplace by doing better in the community.  
     I enjoy helping people become better leaders, and in turn, realize their full potential in applying their skills and resources in conscious, and purpose-driven ways that convert their intention into involvement, and action into meaningful impact and results.  I connect people to each other, to ideas, and to learning opportunities that help them individually and collectively develop higher levels of conscious involvement and impact in society.  I create methodologies and frameworks that put strategies into practice and create stronger collaboration and partnership.  I share my knowledge, my experience, and my expertise with students in professional classrooms and informal mentoring environments.  
     In my work and in life, I value continuous learning that shapes understanding, honesty that builds loyalty, fun that creates joy among people, kindness that kindles friendship, and gratitude that increases compassion.

     I hold a Doctor of Education from Pepperdine University in organizational leadership, and completed my dissertation on corporate social responsibility. In my dissertation, Doing it the Right Way, I identified the leading American Fortune 500 global corporations and analyzed why and how they do ''itCSR'' – a sophisticated level of CSR that represents a more ideal corporate contribution to society and produces meaningful triple bottom line impact. My research analyzed the U.S. Fortune 500 global corporations that appeared on 3 out of 5 indices that measure sustainability/corporate citizenship/CSR, including the DJSI and the FTSE4Good, and reviewed one-year, 3-year, and 5-year total trailing returns against the S&P 500. I was fortunate to have interviewed 8 out of the 10 companies that met this criteria, including 3M, AT&T, Cummins, Johnson & Johnson, Starbucks, and Whirlpool. From my research, I later developed the Regenerative Engaged Learning Model (RELM)©, the Collaborative Learning Loop (CLL) Process©, and Resilience in Decision Making Framework.  

     Prior to my doctorate, I was a Managing Director at Aon Risk Services, a global insurance broker and consultant. In this role, I ran the East Coast operations of the global business unit, which handled the multinational risk management needs overseas of Fortune 500 companies. I developed a team of 40 geographically-dispersed professionals, set best practices for the global practice as a whole, and met retention and double-digit growth goals year-on-year. I was selected to be a part of EXCELerate, a program focused on developing the top 50 women globally, and went on to lead the Women's International Network (WIN) worldwide chapters. At that time, I authored several articles on career and workforce opportunities. I have been a mentor to young professionals and a coach for social entrepreneurs participating in Social Venture Partners' Fast Pitch.  I serve on the board of Environmental Charter School and on the board of Lionsraw.   I received my MBA from Fordham University with Beta Gamma Sigma high honors and my BA from Colgate University.

About Me

"At the root of growth and lasting prosperity lies peace."

- Norman Vincent Peale