Denise W. Barreto
Founder, Relationships Matter Now
Director of Equity and Inclusion, Cook County Government
You know your business best and Denise knows how to bring your best to the forefront. Taking her experience as a corporate strategist with over 20 years of experience spanning a variety of industries, Denise has distilled her expertise working with some of the most recognized brands on the planet into a powerful system that you can leverage to bring out the best in your organization.
Denise’s experience as a marketing expert with brands like AT&T, United Airlines, Pella Windows and Doors, Sears Holdings, the Chicago Fire Major League Soccer Team and the US Soccer Federation, uniquely position her to guide your organization through growth in a way that engages your team, identifies the values and priorities of the organization and allows the best of you offer to shine through.
A sought after speaker, Denise has spoken to audiences across the United States on a broad range of topics centering around identifying and articulating talents/value/experiences as a way achieve personal and organizational objectives. A top-rated faculty member at the Forum on Workplace Inclusion and other conferences nationwide, Denise has a TEDx talk and selectively shares her speaking talents only a few times per year due to her full slate of consulting work.
Personal leadership is just as vital as organizational leadership and Denise has excelled professionally and personally. She was twice elected to the Board of Trustees for the Village of Lake in the Hills, IL. Since 2014, Denise has served on the Illinois Business Enterprise Program Council, a state commission that helps to implement, monitor, and enforce the goals of the Business Enterprise for Minorities, Females and Persons with Disabilities Act appointed by former Illinois Governor Pat Quinn. She serves on the Parks and Recreation Board for the City of Evanston and as an advisory board member of the Best and Brightest Companies to Work For – Chicago Chapter.
A self-proclaimed political junkie, Denise is most passionate about her government clients and is on a personal tear to transform local government as we know it. And she does not rule out running for public office again. She is also working on a fiction project that she already dreamed she won an Emmy for so look out for that dream to become a reality.
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