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Denise Lee Yohn

speaker location icon San Francisco, U.S.

Brand Leadership Expert

Business Keynote Speaker

Bestselling Author

Denise Lee Yohn is the go-to expert on brand leadership for national media outlets, an in-demand keynote speaker and consultant, and an influential writer.

Denise is the author of the bestselling book What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest (Jossey-Bass), the e-book Extraordinary Experiences: What Great Retail and Restaurant Brands Do, and the new book FUSION: How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World’s Greatest Companies (Nicholas Brealey/Hachette Books).

News media including CNBC, FOX Business TV, The Wall Street Journal, and NPR call on Denise when they want an expert point-of-view on hot business issues.

With her expertise and inspiring approach, Denise has become an in-demand keynote speaker. She has addressed business leaders around the world at corporate events such as Facebook, NFL, and Lexus, and conferences including International Consumer Electronics Show (CES), The Art of Marketing, and Sustainable Brands.

Denise enjoys challenging readers to think differently about brand-building in her regular contributions to Harvard Business Review and Forbes, and has been a sought-after writer for publications including Fast Company, Entrepreneur, Knowledge@Wharton, Seeking Alpha, QSR Magazine, among others.

Denise initially cultivated her brand-building approaches through several high-level positions in advertising and client-side marketing. She served as lead strategist at advertising agencies for Burger King and Land Rover and as the marketing leader and analyst for Jack in the Box restaurants and Spiegel catalogs. Denise went on to head Sony Electronic Inc.’s first ever brand office, where she was the vice president/general manager of brand and strategy and garnered major corporate awards. Consulting clients have included Target, Oakley, Dunkin’ Donuts, and other leading companies.

Outside of her professional roles, Denise counts hiking Mount Kilimanjaro, dancing with a professional ballet company, and flying a helicopter as some of her greatest life experiences.

 

Past Speaking Engagements:

TEDx Cornell, University , Consumer Electronics Show Catalyst , Lexus , National Restaurant Show , NFL , Facebook The Conference Board and many others . . .

Recently Featured In:

New York Times , CNBC,  Wall Street Journal , NPR , USA Today , Harvard Business Review , Advertising Age , QSR Magazine , FOX Business TV and other outlets . . .


What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest


FUSION: How Integrating Brand and Culture Powers the World’s Greatest Companies.

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