• Federal Agencies:  Peace Corps; CIA; GAO; NIH; Corporation for National and Community Service
  • Nonprofits:  ​International Finance Corporation, Urban Land Institute ; American Institute of Architects; Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
  • Universities:  Syracuse University; University of Arizona; John Hopkins Carey Business School; University of  British Columbia Sauder School of Business 
  • Global Conferences:  World Congress on Positive Psychology; National Career Development Association;  National Association of Colleges and Employers

About Denise

Membership & Affiliations

Media Citations​

How to Write a Resume If You're Changing Careers, by Julia Malacoff, Glassdoor.com

Do You Really Have To Settle For Your First Job, by Elana Lyn Gross, monster.com.

How to Balance the Boss & the Baby​, by Kristen Gomez, careeranista.com.
The 5 Essential Job Perks You Should Hold Out For,  Catherine Conlan, philly.com. 
Show that you Care by Giving a Present that will Help Your Career, Lee Miller, New Jersey Star Ledger

Considering a career switch? Here’s how to write your résumé.  Fast Company.  

Specialized Training

Presentation Highlights

  • Certified Advance Resume Writer, Career Director's International
  • Gallup Certified Strengths Coach
  • Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology, The Flourishing Center 
  • Global Career Development Facilitation (GCDF)
  • Positive Psychology Certificate, Wholebeing Institute
  • Positive Psychology Coaching, Wholebeing Institute
  • ​Federal Job Search Trainer & Federal ​Career Coach
  • ​Myers-Briggs Type Indicator (MBTI)
  • Strong Interest Inventory
  • Six Sigma Champion Training Program
  • ​Work on Purpose, Echoing Green
  • Trainer Certificate, Association for Talent Development
  • The Coaches Training Institute
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My Mission
I want to catalyze sustainable positive change in your career.  No matter what that shift may be—immediate job search strategy, major career exploration or advancement within your current role—my goal is always the same: to help foster transformation on a deep level.  By exploring the interaction of your strengths, values and purpose, I will work with you to create a roadmap for your personal brand of career happiness that is both aspirational and pragmatic.

  • Mid-Atlantic Career Counseling Association
  • Maryland Career Development Association
  • National Career Development Association
  • International Positive Psychology Association
  • National Association of Colleges and Employers 

Why My Approach is Different
I am a career development specialist who is rooted in positive psychology, earning several certifications in the field (Gallup, The Flourishing Center and Wholebeing Institute).  What that means for my clients is I approach everything from a strengths-based perspective.  Whether assessing career flow, refining resumes or prepping to “close the deal” for interviews, I integrate positive psychology resources within career development frameworks for professional success. 

How I Can Help You Stand Out
I bring a tactical approach to career coaching that ensures you will get noticed! As a Certified Advanced Resume Writer, with thousands of hours of career coaching under my belt, I know how to work closely to refine your approach—resumes, cover letters, LinkedIn, networking, interviews—to ensure it is a true reflection of who you are and what you have to offer.  

Where I Have Learned & Practiced
I’ve been a fellow traveler on the road to career happiness. I spent 15 years working in community development before specializing in career advancement and professional leadership as the Assistant Dean of Career Services, Brandeis University's Heller School.  Currently, I am the Director of Career Services at George Washington University's Trachtenberg School as well as an adjunct professor for "Science of Well-Being:  Applied Positive Psychology." In 2016, I was selected for the Outstanding Career Professional Award by the Maryland Career Development Association. 

Who I’ve Worked With
In addition to individual coaching, I am a highly interactive, fun(!!) and engaging trainer and keynote speaker who inspires positive change.  The pursuit of career happiness is universal and my organizations have been reflective of that. Here a few I've worked with:

National Career Development Association
National Conference Presentation:   Career Shame - Restoring Hope through Coaching

DC Career Consortium

Regional Conference Keynote:  Strength-Based Career Happiness 

World Congress on Positive Psychology 

Global Conference Presentation:  Hope-centered Coaching

National Association of Colleges and Employers

National Conference Presentation: Integrating Positive Psychology for Career Happiness

National Career Development Association Conference
National Conference Presentation:  Myths of Public Service

Maryland Career Development Association Conference
Regional Conference Presentation:  Hope: Belief Plus Action Equals Career Success

AmeriCorps Alums
National Webinar:  Cover Letters That Won't Get Ignored

George Washington University Alumni Association
National Webinar:  Career Happiness

​Returned Peace Corps Volunteers Conference
Conference Presentation:  Career Happiness

Alumni Career Services Network
National Conference, Keynote Speaker:  Science of Career Happiness 

National Career Development Association
National Conference Presentation: Happiness Hype or Lasting Positive Impact? Practical Integration of Positive Psychology into Career