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Denise M. Kay


Denise M. Kay, Esq., SPHR | Director, Employment Relations and Team Building Strategist

From the very beginning of her professional career, Denise knew she had a gift and passion for helping people solve problems, both large and small. She began her career as a human resource associate in a “big 6” public accounting firm and then became a Human Advisory Consultant and Regional HR Manager.

Denise then decided to seek an even more challenging and fulfilling path, law school. After graduation, she like many, got caught up in the instinct to be a litigator. Because the adversarial nature of sensitive employment matters went against her grain, she decided to practice preventative human resource consulting. This practice encompasses coaching, education, consulting and environmental assessments. Subsequently, she served as the president of her national employment consulting firm, before making the choice to return to a client-centric focus in her pursuit to maximize her work-life balance. Denise continues to practice her passion of preventative human resource consulting. The combination of her innate problem solving skills, her desire to help others solve problems, her business experience and life-long career in business leadership, form the basis of her coaching path.

Denise’s success as an executive and career coach can be attributed to her empathy. She has “been in your shoes” and truly understands what you are experiencing and feeling. She maintained a thriving business against significant odds. She has personally managed difficult business changes and economic uncertainty. She regularly consults clients faced with Board conflicts, sensitive employee relations matters, and significant legal and ethical business challenges. Denise understands the fear a client feels, knows that it is real and believes it is manageable – “there are always solutions”. She acknowledges the anxiety a client commonly feels and believes it must be addressed and managed for the client to work effectively, efficiently and confidently. She believes that is what the coach is there for, and what can be most helpful to the executive. What separates Denise from others, is while anyone can provide answers to business problems, only a few can offer a shoulder, advice, empathy and tools, to achieve a positive outcome to a challenging situation.

Denise has been speaking at conferences and conducting workshops and training programs for nearly two decades. She is a nationally recognized speaker through the Society for Human Resource Management. Additionally, she has taught employment law, negotiation skills, and business law at a graduate school of business. Her workshops are designed to be engaging and enlightening. Participants in her educational sessions leave with new knowledge, awareness and insight. Her philosophy in workshops mirrors her approach to working one-on-one with individuals: “Every person wants and deserves to be heard.”. She believes the role of the coach is to be an objective, non-critical listener who helps the client see the patterns of their business and personal lives. As a result, the client gains a heightened level of self-awareness, develops greater clarity in problem solving and attains a newfound balance in their life.

The VIM Ventures philosophy and processes are a natural fit for Denise. Her experience as a successful businesses owner and her passion for teaching, allow her the opportunity to guide others in creating their individual path to abundance. Denise views the opportunities in our global community to be infinite as each day the world becomes more uncertain and the difficulty in predicting future outcomes more pronounced. This creates the opportunity for the business leader and entrepreneur to flourish within their innovation, passion, energy and skills.