Denise Kronsteiner is a communications professional and project manager with director-level experience across various sectors, including state government, private industry, nonprofit and higher education. A builder of systems, teams and processes, she believes effective, authentic communication is key to the success of any endeavor.
Through her professional experiences over the past 25 years, she has gained valuable insights into the motivations, preferences and challenges of various stakeholder groups, organizations, and audiences of all types–internal and external, including the benefit of collaboration to meet shared goals. Storytelling has been her “go to” strategy through the years because of its authenticity, power and ability to bring people together.
Her executive master’s degree in sustainability leadership from Arizona State University’s School of Sustainability—the first school of sustainability in the nation—has given her the opportunity to merge her background in communications, strategic planning and project management with her life-long passion for sustainability, conservation, human rights, democracy and social justice.
Denise serves as a faculty member at ASU’s School of Sustainability where she teaches Sustainability Communications I, II, and III, as well as Capstone I, II, and III (Project Management) in the graduate program. She is on track to develop and teach a new course for ASU on a topic of great importance to the planet and, increasingly, to the strategic agendas of industry leaders: the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.
Since entering the sustainability field, Denise has continued her learning because she knows that the global context of sustainability, especially in business, is changing rapidly. She makes it her priority to stay abreast of the newest thinking, innovations and trends in the field so that she can be an effective advocate for the organizations she serves. A list of her learning can be seen here:
- Macroeconomics for a Sustainable Planet (in-process), certificate, 2018, United Nations
- Planetary Boundaries and Human Opportunities (with distinction), certificate, Stockholm Resilience Center and the United Nations, 2018
- Environmental Peacebuilding Association, founding member and practice group member, Environmental Law Institute and United Nations Environment Programme, 2018
- Environmental Security and Sustaining Peace (with distinction), certificate, United Nations Environment Programme, 2018
- Cross-Cultural Communication, executive certificate, Thunderbird School of Global Management, 2017
- Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) G4 Sustainability Reporting, certification, Boston College Center for Corporate Citizenship and GRI, 2015
- Sustainable Development in a Changing Climate (invited, Sustainable Development Goals for journalists), certification, United Nations and Thomson Reuters Foundation, 2015
Denise earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology (magna cum laude) and her Executive Master of Sustainability Leadership degree (4.0) from from Arizona State University.
Her professional background, education, spirit of lifelong learning, and love of mentoring and collaboration allows her to implement and communicate high impact strategic priorities in business that also benefit humanity and safeguard the natural world.