Denise is the Founder and CEO of Engaged HR  and has been in the Human Resources field for over 20 years.  Denise has a wide array of leadership experience including running a multi-million dollar non-profit organization and holding the position of Director of HR and Administration for the North American division of a global technology company.  Denise is known for bringing new ideas and innovation to the way people work together and creating forward thinking workplaces. She is a sought-after consultant, speaker, and facilitator on a variety of HR topics and creates workplaces where everyone has opportunity to gain meaning from their work, and where business owners are proud of their workplace.  Denise leads the yoUnlimited Pitch Your Passion events.

What do you BELIEVE in? I believe in the goodness of people and that ultimately everyone wants to be seen, to be loved and to be significant.  When we as people truly feel those things deep in our hearts, we are limitless in our potential and in our intentions.

How does LOVE show up/present itself in your life? I feel so blessed to have so much love in my life and my heart expands with love on a daily basis. I am madly and deeply in love with my partner, Arie; I have the most amazing niece and nephew who fill me with love regularly and my sister and family mean the world to me. And sometimes love shows up in my life during the cuddles I get from my cats, the thank you email I get from a client or from the funny video I see on Facebook.  Love is everywhere when you open your eyes and heart to it.

Who or what INSPIREs you? As someone who has totally transformed his career and is following his passion, my partner Arie inspires me greatly! I am in awe of his ability to see opportunity, to have a vision and to take action and make things happen. (swoon!) I am also inspired by so many of the clients I have the pleasure of working with. They are taking risks, trying new things and wanting to be great employers and I am inspired to bring my best to meet their best.

How do you, or can you, SERVE your community? We are all a part of many different communities and I serve them each in different ways.  In my work, I serve my client community by being present and focusing on what needs they may have that I can help with. In my local community, I sit on the Board of Volunteer Victoria and I have spent a great deal of time contributing to the Human Resource Management Association over the last 7 years. In the community of my friends and family, I offer a listening ear or a celebratory glass of wine whenever I can!

What does it mean to you to SURRENDERTo me, this really just means to let go. To stop sweating the small stuff. To trust the process. To be open and see what is coming. The word surrender often has negative connotations to it but really, some of the best things in life can come when you just let go and trust that the Universe has your back!