Denise has been a highly accomplished senior executive, entrepreneur, and thought leader, with more than 40 years of success in government, technology, sports, and entertainment.
Leveraging extensive experience in public relations and management, she has been an asset for innumerable companies and projects.
Her broad areas of expertise include government relations, crisis management, public and media relations, image management, technical writing, marketing, strategic planning, community outreach, and public speaking.
When sexism denied her access to her childhood dream of becoming a veterinarian, she earned a BS in Wildlife Biology from Cornell University and became the first professional woman hired by the Federal Bureau of Land Management.
During her 29 years with the Bureau, Meridith served in multiple states and, while Deputy Director in Washington, DC, she oversaw 200 offices, 10,000 employees, and a $1.1 billion budget.
After early retirement from the Federal government and for the past 20 years, she has been CEO of Denise Meridith Consultants Inc (DMCI), a public and community relations firm.
Since 2019, Meridith has also been CEO of The World's Best Connectors LLC, a virtual community for C-suite executives that helps other executives enhance their connections with family, employees, clients, government & the media.
Recently she created a 501(c)3 non-profit Read to Kids US Inc to promote literacy and family bonding.
During the past 25 years in Arizona, Denise founded the Phoenix Black Chamber of Commerce, ran Linking Sports & Communities (a youth sports non-profit for 14 years), helped organize the Arizona Black Film Festivals and the Bill Pickett Rodeos in Phoenix, and was a Governor-appointed member of the original Arizona Sports & Tourism Board.
She helped win approval for the State Farm Stadium for the Arizona Cardinals and allocate funding for the new MLB spring training stadiums.
In academia, she taught sports marketing for undergraduates at Arizona State University and business operations for executives at Cornell.
As a freelance reporter, she has written 1000 articles about small businesses.
Denise Meridith has won many awards for business and community development in Arizona.