Kaiser Permanente
Treasury Wine Estates
Amy’s Kitchen


MLA | Stanford
BA | Arizona State, University of Paris, Sorbonne


New Ventures West Coaching
Academy of Brain-Based Leadership
Integrative Enneagram (IEQ)
Leadership Versatility Index 360
Grove Strategic Visioning
Group Coaching


Optimal Health
Living her best life while helping others do the same

Denise R. Green

Executive Coach, Speaker

Oakland, CA


Denise is a certified Executive Coach, speaker, and best-selling author who is passionate about turning good managers into great leaders whom others would follow anywhere. She has a proven track record of helping busy executives improve their communication skills so they better influence and inspire others. Denise writes extensively about how to reduce stress and thrive in all areas of life. Denise is known for deep expertise and skill, balanced with compassion and wit: a combination that enables clients to make profound, lasting shifts in thinking and behavior patterns.

Her signature is helping leaders:

  • Build high trust, high performing teams
  • Build lasting habits that serve your values and goals
  • Execute by strategically saying yes and no for highest impact
  • Cultivate authentic confidence and executive presence
  • Influence effectively
  • Lower stress and become responsive instead of reactive


Before starting her career as an independent coach in 2008, Denise spent fourteen years as a leader in Oracle Corporation and Charles Schwab & Co. Denise has coached and inspired thousands in High Tech, Financial Services, Healthcare, and Consumer Products industries. She is a sought-after speaker and author of Work-Life Brilliance: Tools to Break Stress and Create the Life and Health You Crave (Foreword by Susan Scott, Endorsed by Marshall Goldsmith, 2017). Denise is passionate about helping people make lasting shifts in thinking and acting, to become them become the best version of themselves.

She draws on her experience as a car accident and illness survivor, and her deep knowledge of the brain and behavior change, to help people overcome any obstacle and step into their potential. She lives in Oakland with her 10-year old daughter and wonder-mutt Andy.


I admit I was skeptical at first about coaching and didn’t approach it very optimistically. But I decided to trust and follow Denise’s guidance. I never expected it to have the impact it did. I am now more confident, more influential and successful, less stressed, and healthier than I ever been!
– Director Enterprise Architecture

This coaching program was a gift. As a new leader in the organization, it was so valuable to connect with my coach and my coaching program peers. Having a place to talk about developing the skills to manage/navigate the organization was invaluable. Denise demonstrated competency, trust, and an aura of expertise yet was down to earth in how she dealt with the group.
–  Sr. Director, Kaiser Permanente (Group Coaching Participant)