me-BADenise Klarquist heads Klarquist Strategy. As a brand strategist and marketing communications executive with over 20 years of experience, she has a firm belief in the power of design and design thinking to deliver innovative and powerful outcomes.

Most recently, as a collaborative member of Scansion, Denise delivered strategic insights for AT&T and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. As the marketing director for BuildSite, she developed and implemented the successful marketing launch of the company’s new online construction submittal tool,, and for the sustainability education and consulting firm, REV, she led brand and marketing efforts to support lead generation and investment efforts.

As a Partner and VP of Marketing at Cheskin Added Value, Denise developed design and communication strategies that reshaped the company’s offerings and positioning. She has collaborated with firms such as Fitch, Sapient, and various start-ups on groundbreaking innovation studies that opened new business opportunities.

Denise’s goal is to help clients maintain an outward focus, putting the customer experience first. Design thinking has the power to simplify the complex, awaken ideas, and compel action.

Denise has shared insights on marketing and branding for various organizations including the California College of the Arts and the AIGA, and have written or co-written numerous articles and blogs.

Denise believes in following one’s heart, challenging one’s fears, and learning with a beginner’s mind. This keeps her on her toes — literally, dancing Argentine tango — and on the move, traveling wherever her passport will take her.

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