Keynote Speaker Denise Lee Yohn

Denise Lee Yohn

Leadership and Branding Expert

  • Speaker's U.S. Fee Range
    $10,001 - $20,000 i
  • Languages Spoken
  • Travels From
    California, USA

Suggested Keynote Speeches & Programs

View More

About Denise Lee Yohn:

Blending a fresh perspective, twenty-five years of experience working with world-class brands including Sony and Frito-Lay, and a talent for inspiring audiences, Denise Lee Yohn is a leading authority on building and positioning exceptional brands and a popular business keynote speaker.

Why Denise Lee Yohn?

It’s tempting to believe that brands like Apple, Nike and Zappos achieved their iconic statuses because of serendipity, an unattainable magic formula, or even the genius of a single visionary leader. However, these companies all adopted specific approaches and principles that transformed their ordinary brands into industry leaders. In other words, great brands can be built – and Denise Lee Yohn knows exactly how to do it. Delivering a fresh perspective, Yohn’s What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles That Separate the Best from the Rest (Jossey-Bass) teaches an innovative brand-as-business strategy that enhances brand identity while boosting profit margins, improving company culture, and creating stronger stakeholder relationships.


Denise initially cultivated her brand-building approaches through several high-level positions in advertising and client-side marketing. She served as lead strategist at advertising agencies for Burger King and Land Rover and as the marketing leader and analyst for Jack in the Box restaurants and Spiegel catalogs. Denise went on to head Sony Electronic Inc.’s first ever brand office, where she was the vice president/general manager of brand and strategy and garnered major corporate awards.

An influential writer, Denise enjoys challenging readers to think differently about brand-building. She penned the bestselling book What Great Brands Do: The Seven Brand-Building Principles that Separate the Best from the Rest(Jossey-Bass). Denise is a regular contributor to Harvard Business Review, Forbes, and FOX Business TV, and she writes the monthly column Brand New Perspectives for QSR Magazine.  She has been quoted by The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, NPR, and more.  In 2008 she launched her blog, brand-as-business bites, which the Marketing Executives Networking Group (MENG) named as one of the top 20 marketing blogs.

Testimonials 6

  • Denise’s presentation was thought-provoking, powerful, and challenged our sales team to think and understand the secrets behind great brands. She energized our team and was a great kick-off to our sales summit. She took the time to get to know our business and went the extra mile to bring our conference theme to life and apply it to her message. We look forward to utilizing her insights to set us up for greater success as we align with leading brands in our sales efforts.

    Bernadette Van Osdal

    SVP Triad Media and eBay Advertising

  • Denise delivered an outstanding presentation to the 1000 participants to the STIMA Congress in Brussels. She translated her vision on what great brands do into ready-to-use tools and made her methodology very actionable. Her clarity, her enthusiasm and her passion made everyone feel like making her or his brand great.

    Jean Cornet

    Senior Director, Deloitte

  • Comments of you being the best speaker ever were common today. Thank you for opening our eyes!

    Joe Dominiak

    Managing Partner, Executive VP, Skyline Chili Franchise Convention

  • Denise captured the attention of the audience with her empathy, deep knowledge of the subject and intense communication.

    Roberto Meir

    CEO, Grupo Padrao

  • A great keynote to close our event — It was a huge hit.

    Stephanie Glassford

    CPM, Event Manager, RE/MAX INTEGRA OA

  • Denise did an amazing job at sharing with our Leadership Team her thoughtful, effective and simple approach on how best to connect Employee and Customer Experiences for companies to sustain growth over time. Her authentic communication style and connection with the audience was immediate and she captivated their attention for the entire duration of her presentation. We consider her as one of the best experts in this domain.

    Canadian Healthcare Company

Have Questions? Need Suggestions? Want Help?

Contact Us Any Time:


Workshop: Build a Breakthrough Brand with a Clear Competitive Positioning

A clear, definitive competitive brand positioning is essential to brand building.  It defines who you are selling to, what your business scope is, and what you do to create value for your customers.  It provides strategic guidance on product development, pricing, messaging, and more. In this hands-on workshop, Denise shows you how to craft a competitive brand positioning, including:

  • the most effective way to identify and define your target segment(s)
  • how to determine an appropriate competitive frame of reference
  • three strategies to establish meaningful and lasting differentiation
  • the sources that achieve brand credibility among today’s savvy customers

Workshop: Scale-Up Your Brand

Are you looking to grow significantly, expand your scope, or hit a new milestone? You need a solid strategic brand platform…and brand expert Denise Lee Yohn will show you how to develop one.  In this one-day, hands-on, fast-paced workshop, you will learn all the tools you need to develop a strong, valuable, sustainable brand strategy that will ignite your growth and help you scale.  Set the foundation for your brand to inspire true customer loyalty, improve your profit margin, and increase the longevity of your business.


My Catalog


Clear All

You have not added any speakers yet.