Denise Benatar graduated from Stanford University with a B.A. and received her J.D. from University of San Francisco.  She practiced Employment Law for 15 years. Though she gained a great ability to analyze problems with legal training, she didn’t feel particularly creative.

For the last 6 years, Denise has been teaching and learning about Design Thinking and Psychology at Stanford’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design (, the Graduate School of Business, and the Department of Psychology.

She is also a speaker, workshop leader and facilitator.  Denise uses the Design Thinking process and mindsets to help clients problem solve and create new and innovative ideas. She provides individual consultation as well as leading and facilitating group workshops in both academic and corporate settings.

“When you have to talk yourself into something, it’s a bad sign --  that’s true of relationships, hiring and so many other parts of life.”

Paul Graham, Y Combinator Co Founder