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Denise DeSimone


Superpowers, you say? We’re convinced that Denise DeSimone, has an uncanny ability to launch ventures with tremendous success. Since graduating from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.A. in 1983, she has founded eight companies, including C-leveled. This woman means business. And she knows business, too.

With Denise at the helm, revenues have increased by millions at every company she’s touched. If you ask Denise, the real story behind her business savvy is the idea of building companies by forming teams that listen to the clients’ challenges, assess their needs, and examine processes in order to develop solutions. Her approach: no nonsense.

We’re not the only ones who think Denise has a secret telephone booth, Superman style. Her companies have been named among the Best Places to Work in Pittsburgh, as well as the Top 100 Fastest Growing

Businesses. She is the recipient of the Ernest & Young 2008 Entrepreneur of the Year for Western Pa, West Virginia, and upstate New York; Pennsylvania’s Best 50 Women in Business for 2009; and Pittsburgh Women in Business Award Winner 2011. Her achievements include 2007 Southwestern Pennsylvania’s Top 5 Women Entrepreneur Recognition and Deloitte & Touche Fast 50 Growth Companies.

Banking on less talk and more action, Denise is famous for responding to long emails full of questions with less than three words. Boasting isn’t in her playbook; she’d rather get things done and get on with sharing what she knows. While other people sleep, Denise serves on boards, panels and commissions. That is, when she’s not overseeing homework and kissing booboos for her three young sons.