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Organizations, executives, professionals, and highly-driven students work with me when they are restless for more.  Your business coaching sessions start with your goals and end with your outcomes toward more.  What is that one thing you are trying to improve, move forward or complete? 

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Executive Development Coaching

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  • Organizations

  • Executives

  • Job Seekers

  • Early & Mid Stream Professionals

  • Upcoming Graduates


  • Effective Leadership

  • Exceed Business Results

  • Cultivate Resilience

  • Heighten Self Awareness

  • Service Excellence

  • Career Advancement

  • Resolve Conflict

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Inspiring Stories

Denise takes a positive approach to coaching others to be their absolute best – both personally and professionally.  She brings tremendous experience, passion, perspective and a focus on wellness to her work.  There are literally hundreds of successful professionals that include Denise’s coaching and mentoring as a contribution to their success; I am fortunate to be one.
— Brian Berry, Senior Vice President Sales and Data Analytics CVENT
Denise coached me through a career transition from Price Waterhouse Coopers in DC (associate in the Financial Markets Group) to Horizon Media in LA (Brand Strategy on SoCal Honda, North Texas Honda, IFC, and Swirl). In our first phone call we spoke about what I was looking for in my career transition which was something more brand and marketing focused as I was currently in finance. When speaking with Denise throughout my career transition process I felt that she communicated very clearly. The skills she taught me are ones that I continue to use and will help me in my future career transitions. Denise built confidence in me which enabled me to reach for the stars and apply to careers that would challenge me and enable me to be more passionate, which was something I was currently missing at my company.
— Courtney Davis, Assistant Brand Strategist Horizon Media LA
I worked with Denise during her leadership tenure at Marriott.  She is a lifelong learner who is known as a coach and leader of talent growth and development.  She models for others the importance and the integration of health and wellness as foundational for creating team cultures of high performance that yield sustainable business results.   Her outstanding credentials and business experience speak for themselves!
— Peg Clarkson CPCC, PCC Optimum Leadership Strategies
In my over 25 years of working with Denise I have always been impressed with her positive, can do attitude.   She has a unique insight into how to connect and motivate people to do better at work and be a better person both physically and mentally. She has always been one of the most driven and passionate people I have ever met.  She is passionate with a heart, always bringing others with her and not leaving others on the sideline. She puts people and ethics first and always, even when it might be extremely difficult.
— Kevin Schwab, Area Vice President South Central Region Marriott International
Denise is an experienced person highly dedicated to helping young generations learn. She was an outstanding mentor and guest speaker to my students during my tenure as Department Chair, Hospitality Tourism Management at UMASS Amherst Isenberg School of Management. Her genuine interest and commitment to helping young people succeed were unmatched when she was engaged in our executive mentoring program.
— Dr. Haemoon Oh Dean, College of Hospitality Retail and Sport Management University of South Carolina
To know what my first steps are after college graduation are critical and with just a few meetings with Denise I am confident of my future path. Denise guided me through so many aspects of my future. She has helped me in many ways whether that be with my resume, connecting me to so many people in my chosen industry, and being there anytime I have any questions or concerns. Denise has become my career coach and I cannot thank her enough. The resources and experiences she has make her an amazing coach. Denise is always one phone call away and I know for a fact she will be a resource I will use the rest of my life.
— Emilie Haight, Johnson and Wales Class of 2019
As a mom of a two Generation Z’s, I was challenged with bridging the gap of business success -first experienced for me as power suits, a corporate package and a promotional track with an entirely different mindset of my young adult daughters. As my oldest daughter completed her sophomore year of college, she knew that a coach would be critical in mapping out her initial career steps. She was so fortunate to connect with Denise Durgin to build her pathway of professional development. After working with Denise, she said “I am confident that I am prepared for my future.
— Joanne Haight, mother of Emilie Haight

why am i UNIQUE? 

My name is Denise Durgin and I am a sales and marketing veteran with 28 years in the travel industry with Marriott International, The Ritz-Carlton and Host Hotels & Resorts. In my coaching practice, I combine my experience and passion for others' to succeed in two ways.

Career Coaching: As a business professional that pivoted in my own career, I understand the uncertainties and uncomfortable thoughts of change.  Questions like; what do I do first? How do I know which industry is right for me? What about the financial implications of my decisions? How do I amp up my LinkedIn profile?  There is a lot at stake, whatever stage you are in your career-just starting out or trying to maximize the rest of your career.  I help you minimize your fear and maximize the excitement of change into action!  

Business Coaching: I specialize in leading sales teams with a proven game plan for success.  Many of the challenges sales teams face other organizations do as well.  Leading change, shifting strategy, creating a winning culture of productivity and recognition for success to name a few.  I welcome your most challenging situations.  

During my tenure in sales, marketing and asset management I partnered and worked with hundreds of sales professionals at over 200 hotels within various brands, worked with dozens of hotel ownership groups and liaised with travel industry experts at places like Expedia and Booking.com.  I led a sales division at Marriott, held executive positions and witnessed one of  the largest hotel merger and acquisition from an owners' purview.

I have a Bachelor of Science degree in Hotel and Tourism Management from UMASS Amherst, Isenberg School of Business where I volunteer as a mentor to the HTM School.  In 2016, I earned my Executive Master’s degree in Leadership at Georgetown University, McDonough School of Business. I am a certified executive coach through The Center for Executive Coaching. 

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