Denise Dudley's professional career affirms the values she expresses in her numerous books, audio programs and seminars. She not only excelled in a rigorous academic discipline, earning a Ph.D. in psychology, with post-doctoral work in the areas of agoraphobia and chronic schizophrenia, but she put her expertise to use in activities that directly served several populations in need--as a field therapist for housebound individuals with agoraphobia, a psychiatric hospital administrator, and an AIDS educator. Continuously dedicated to the empowerment of individuals, her focus on adult education led her to public speaking in the areas of mental health, assertiveness training, communication, self-esteem, leadership and managerial skills, and women's issues. She is the author of several books, including The Supervisor’s Guide, Every Woman's Guide to Career Success, now in its fifth printing, and Simon and Schuster's best-selling audio series, entitled Making Relationships Last. Denise is a clinical psychologist, a licensed hospital administrator, a preceptor for administrators-in-training, a certified AIDS educator, a licensed field therapist for individuals with agoraphobia, and is also licensed with the state of California to give continuing education credit to medical professionals.
After spending ten years as the Clinical Director of, California's largest and most prestigious corporation of private psychiatric hospitals, Denise turned to her primary love of public speaking, and launched a career as a professional public speaker, touring the country giving seminars on business writing, communication skills, management and supervisory skills, and her favorite, personal relationships.
Denise next made a move to Kansas City where she, with partner Jerry Brown, founded SkillPath Seminars in 1989. Starting with 1200 square feet of office space, SkillPath quickly grew to become the world's largest public seminar company. Cited by INC Magazine in 1994 as number 32 on its list of fastest growing companies in the USA, SkillPath has enrolled senior executives from every Fortune 500 Company, as well as countless first-time managers, supervisors, and business owners. Within ten years of its founding, SkillPath employed 350 full-time employees, 700 trainers, had become a major force in the business-related publishing industry, and had a gross income of 200 million dollars. SkillPath remains the world's largest public seminar company to this day, and has now trained over nine and a half million people in the USA, Canada, the UK, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. Its subdivision, CompuMaster Seminars, is the largest provider of computer-related training seminars in the USA and Canada, and is proud to be the primary public seminar training vehicle by which Microsoft introduces its new products and product updates.
Denise left SkillPath in 2000, after selling it to Graceland University, a liberal arts college in the Midwest, but she continues to make her expertise available to SkillPath on a daily basis as both a consultant and advisor. She is also a member of both the SkillPath and the Graceland University Boards of Directors.
Denise now resides in California and makes her living as a professional speaker and a business consultant in the areas of direct marketing, management and leadership, and business growth. Denise is also a board member of the San Luis Obispo International Film Festival, and the Coordinator of the SLOIFF Youth Filmmaking Contest.