Meet Dr. Denise

Researcher, Author, and Coach.

Hello! Let me introduce myself.


I was raised in a small Texas town along the Mexican border called Laredo, where I learned the most instrumental values that have made me the leader I am today.

Those two values are Education and Empowerment which drive my every decision as a coach, professor, researcher, and entrepreneur.


It wasn't always the case. Let me explain.


I was the middle sister of a family of five. I certainly wasn't the smartest or the prettiest. My sisters would tell everyone I was adopted because of how visibly different I looked from them. I was a chubby, dark-skinned, gap tooth girl with jet black hair--a sharp contrast to the porcelain complexion of my mother and sisters.

To make matters worse, I spoke Spanish until I was 8 years old, so language was a barrier between us. My grandmother, whom I adored as much as my mother, didn't speak a lick of English. To remain special in my Guela's (Grannie's) eyes, I refused to speak English.

To some, I was a weirdo and a loser who didn't have many friends. So I tried my damndest to fly under the radar. My daily goal was to avoid unwanted attention-- negative or positive attention from anyone!


So what did I do?


I retreated like a turtle back into its shell. I dimmed my brilliance soooo, so, low no one could see me. I got so good at being invisible; once my Dad forgot me at a gasoline station bathroom when I was 9 years old.

I left Laredo at 17 years old to go to college, and little did I know, this decision would begin the metamorphosis my soul was longing for. This time marks the beginning of my personal development, which I would continue to strengthen throughout my life.

I discovered teachings from Napolean Hill, Dr. Joseph Murphy, Steven Covey, Dr. Wayne Dyer, and many more enlightened teachers. I became obsessed with self-leadership and professional development. I studied as many books as I could buy which I still own today.

Throughout my 20's, I continued building upon my leadership foundation while simultaneously creating a career and education that no one could every question.


Today I've spent over 25 years...


I have now spent over 25 years in the fields of leadership, empowerment, and education as a researcher, professor, and practitioner. Sixteen of those years were spent in Higher Education. In 2017, I answered my greatest calling. I left higher education to pursue my mission of empowering and educating the masses.

The shackles of governance and regulation are now removed from my students and me. I'm now able to provide online leadership education through my Masters of Leadership Institute. My courses are open to anyone, without admission requirements; lifting the burdens of high tuition, time away from family, and accessible anytime with lifetime access.

I also have a life coaching program called Next Level Progress where I help ambitious women reach their next level of success with confidence, pride, and true fulfillment. This program offers the opportunity to learn the art of fulfillment and the science of success, two things I know intimately. 

I created Masters of Leadership Institute and the Next Level Progress program from personal and professional experience; as well as  witnessing transformational results from hundreds of clients.

Because I dared to follow my life's purpose and provide transformational programs, I'm able to donate to non-profits whose primary focus is empowerment, education, and leadership.


What will you dare to do?

Have you come to the realization you deserve more? It's time to begin this transformative journey. It's time to take a chance on you.

It would be an honor to support you and guide you on this journey. If you are ready, let's work together. 


Let's Work Together!

Here are several ways we can work together...

Next Level Progress

Group Coaching

If you are ready to reach your next level of success with confidence, pride, and true fulfillment, join my exclusive life coaching program, Next Level Progress program right now.


Masters of Leadership

Course Catalog

If you are ready to learn from a former professor, researcher, and practitioner with over 25 years in the field of leadership, and 16 years in higher education, then you'll enjoy my course catalog in the Masters of Leadership Institute. 


Coaching Services

Private Sessions

If you want a personalized, customized coaching experience with me, no problem. But first, please book a 30-minute free, no obligation Zoom call to discuss your needs. Click here to make your appointment. 


Corporate and Organizational Leadership

For corporate workshops or leadership trainings, email me at [email protected].


Don't Know Where To Start?

Please book a 30-minute free, no obligation Zoom call to discuss your needs. Dr. Denise will help you with an immediate action plan.


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