UPCOMING PHOENIX MEETING
Phoenix BPW November 25, 2014
Program: “Generating Support for Your Programs & Passions”
Denise D. Resnik will share successful strategies for generating financial, in-kind and public support for your for- and non-profit interests. Learn about effective engagement initiatives, how to develop your compelling story and tactics for reaching the people most important to your cause.
Denise is the founder and president of the marketing and communications firm, DRA Strategic Communications. The Phoenix-based agency was founded in 1986 and has been serving clients in a variety of fields including real estate, economic development, health care, education, hospitality and entertainment.
DRA’s client roster includes: Arizona Commerce Authority, Arizona Humane Society, Colliers International, Concord Eastridge, DMB Associates, Discovery Triangle, Goodmans Interior Structures, Guided Therapy Systems, Hines Development, Maracay Homes, Maricopa Association of Governments, among others. Major pro bono clients include: First Place AZ, the Real Arizona Coalition, Southwest Autism Research & Resource Center (SARRC), Urban Land Institute-Arizona and Valley Leadership. Denise also serves as a member of the Arizona Community Foundation Board of Directors and member of the Arizona Advisory Board of Compass BBVA.
The mother of a 23-year-old son with autism, Denise is also the founder and board chair of First Place AZ, a nonprofit dedicated to developing new, innovative housing options for adults with autism and related disorders, and the co-founder and a board member of SARRC, an internationally recognized nonprofit organization dedicated to autism research, education and community outreach and the support of individuals with autism and their families throughout their lifetimes.
Denise also co-founded The Real Arizona Coalition, representing dozens of leading business, multi-cultural and faith-based leadership organizations and civic leaders across the state. Through a collection of civil discourse sessions, in collaboration with The O’Connor House and involving U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, The Real Arizona Coalition led the development of a comprehensive platform known as S.A.N.E. Solutions to Federal Immigration Reform.
Other nonprofit leadership includes serving as a member of the Autism Speaks Family Housing Committee, Advancing Futures for Adults with Autism (AFAA) Leadership Council and National Association of Residential Providers for Adults with Autism (NARPAA). Denise has also served as a federally appointed member of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee (IACC) of the National Institutes of Health.
Denise is the editor of Opening Doors: A Discussion of Residential Options for Adults Living with Autism and Related Disorders, a collaborative study by SARRC, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) Arizona, the Arizona State University (ASU) Stardust Center for Affordable Homes and the Family and the ASU Herberger Institute School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture.
Denise has been recognized by the Arizona Republic as one of the 13 Arizonans to Watch in 2013, by The Phoenix Business Journal as one of the Valley’s Most Admired Leaders and by AZ Business Magazine as one of Arizona’s Top 50 Women Leaders. Her list of accomplishments also includes the 2010 Phoenix Theatre’s Women Who Care Award; 2009 National Jae Davis Community Service Award by the Organization for Autism Research; 2008 Valley Leadership Woman of the Year Award; 2008 Golden Heart of Business Volunteer Executive of the Year; 2008 Kappa Kappa Gamma National Alumnae Achievement Award; 2007 Human Relations Award by the Arizona Chapter of the American Jewish Committee; 2007 Evening of Champions Award by the Autism Society of America; named one of L’Oreal’s 2006 Women of Worth; 2005 Golden Heart of Business recipient by Arizona Woman magazine; 2001 Athena Award by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; 2001 Small Businessperson of the Year by the Greater Phoenix Chamber of Commerce; 2001 World of Well-Being recipient by the Arizona Cactus-Pine Girl Scout Council; and 1998 Arts Advocate of the Year by the Business Volunteers for the Arts of Phoenix. She graduated from Arizona State University cum laude and received her bachelor’s degree in business.
Denise’s greatest accomplishment is her family—her husband Rob of 30 years, and adult children Ally and Matt.
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