Denise Holmes

Associate/Consultant, MA, MBA, ACC


An engaging and skilled coach and facilitator, Denise has a special ability to help executives, including abrasive leaders, master leadership dilemmas and have tough conversations in new, more productive and healthy ways.   Clients value Denise’s non-judgmental, appreciative and direct approach to challenge and partner with them to address tough leadership challenges.

In 2009, after 10+ years of providing a mix of training, organizational development, and human resources expertise as an employee of Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) and InFocus Corporation, Denise became an external consultant. In her roles of coach, facilitator and organizational development consultant, Denise brings a deep curiosity, compassion, and authenticity to her work. She has a broad background in designing and delivering experiential leadership development, coaching individuals and teams through change and for increased performance, and applying system dynamics to her consulting.  She has specialized training to coach abrasive leaders.

Denise is a certified coach with the International Coach Federation (ICF) and holds a Master of Arts degree in applied behavioral science from the Leadership Institute of Seattle, with a focus on coaching and consulting in organizations. She also holds an M.B.A. from Marylhurst University and a Bachelor of Arts degree in international studies from the University of Oregon.

About Denise personally, After years of thinking “cats rule, dogs drool,” Denise is now a dog-convert and enjoys spending time with her two mutts in addition to her 3 cats.  She’s also a book junkie, plays guitar, and enjoys going on cycling vacations with her husband.

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