Strategic Human resources executive and change guru

  • Advised one or more organizations
  • Received an award or special recognition
  • Received one or more certifications
  • Earned one or more college degrees
  • Considered an authority in a particular field
  • Considerable experience using technology
  • Endorsed by co-workers or clients
  • Has had direct reports in an organization
  • Donates time to philanthropic causes or organizations


Denise C. Ryan
Strategic HR Executive | Learning | Talent | Organizational Development | Change Management
Building high-impact , strategic human resources programs that support business goals is my expertise. I am an expert communicator, project manager and team leader.

Areas of specialization: Organizational Development, Leadership Development, Change Management, Business Planning & Execution, Analytics and Metrics, Strategy and Operations, Succession Planning, Talent Acquisition and Retention, Performance Development/Management, Talent Management..


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    HBS Program for Leadership Development, Harvard Business School

    A fast-track alternative to the executive MBA, this highly personalized program features two on-campus and two distance-learning modules that focus on accelerating your leadership development. You will return to your organization more confident, more capable, and better equipped to take on new challenges.

    For my capstone project, I consulted with and created a change management and training strategy for a multinational technology company, ABB.


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    Director, Learning & Development, CubeSmart

    In this role, I led all learning & talent development activities for the company.  I was laid off in an organizational restructuring due to budget cuts after the loss of a large, 50-store contract.

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    Change Management Lead/Principal, Talent, Exelon

    I was hired by Exelon to help build the first ever Change Management Center of Excellence at this company.  

    After 1.5 years, I was promoted to Principal, Talent Manager.

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    Change Management Consultant (Contract), Exelon

    Facilitate change and link strategic initiatives of the business to work processes, stimulate innovation, and gain consensus among diverse groups to keep pace with rapid changes in the business environment.


    • Led major change management initiatives impacting multiple systems and organizations throughout geographically dispersed campuses.


    • Developed comprehensive change management implementation plans detailing change agents, communications planning, goals, metrics, training plans and project timelines.


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    Senior Manager, Training & Communications, Campbell Soup Company

    Served as thought leader for professional development. Gained senior leadership level buy-in for investment resulting in development of online library containing 10 courses reaching 1,500 learners nationally.

    • Led two regional Training Managers during development of comprehensive “train-the-trainer” curriculum for onboarding regional directors and brokers in support of the newly launched Campbell’s product portfolio. 


    • Implemented strategic large-scale cultural change effort; “Sales Mobility” initiative in collaboration with senior leadership; included use of iPads with newly developed resource applications and training modules.
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    Asc. Manager, Planning, Lockheed Martin

    Selected by senior staff to provide urgently needed leadership. Identified programmatic design flaws and streamlined business processes. Consulted with global senior program leadership to conduct risk analysis and implement plans.



    • Spearheaded educational strategy to address programmatic deficiencies resulting from inadequate educational offerings. Created online resources and led virtual training. Achieved 60% increase in audit success.


    • Led major employee educational campaign targeting workplace violence awareness; wrote detailed project plan, strategized with senior leadership, conducted weekly progress meetings with product teams.


    • Utilized company discussion board and Twitter feed to promote social learning, increased followership on platforms by 100% in 12 months.


    • Directed business unit crisis communications planning & implementation. Steered mass internal communications for natural disasters, fires, floods and other critical events affecting 52,000 employees. 
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    Lead, Professional Development, Lockheed Martin

    Hand-picked by Vice President to create and lead Professional Development. Provided vision and strategic direction, led implementation efforts, and managed recruiting, communications, curriculum design, and coaching. Directed five program participants, five business area assignment managers, and several trainers throughout enterprise. Developed and executed annual professional development conferences.


    • Facilitated focus groups to define core competencies and collaborated with multidisciplinary team of 100+ industry professionals to build tool; developed framework for online resource site.


    • Augmented talent pipeline by designing and implementing Security Leadership Development Program; launched program within four months of conception. 


    • Consulted with leadership and subject matter experts to design leadership development and technical skills curriculum. Efforts decreased employee attrition by 60% and increased engagement.


    • Led culture change initiative to influence a learning-oriented culture; conducted focus groups and created new professional development website. Presented company leadership conference.
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    Training & Development Representative, Lockheed Martin

    Led extensive educational intervention plans for 54,000 employees globally in IS&GS. Managed branding, newly created briefings, visual aids, news releases, informational website, scripting, multi-media production, and curriculum development. Created online training modules in learning management system. Developed educational videos. Authored executive writings, including awards, speeches, and emails for senior leadership to include Vice President. Wrote informational articles featured in internal and external employee publications.


    • Led 2008, and co-led 2007, mass annual compliance training initiatives for over 15,000 employees; managed creative development, including scripting and story-booking of online module, curriculum design, website, and promotional materials. Won 2 Telly Awards for online training module.


    • Conceptualized and led delivery of security multicasts and educational initiatives in accordance with government requirements, including communications campaigns and awareness events throughout company.


    • Architect and leader of large scale change management intervention to correct security inconsistencies identified by federal government customers. 18-month campaign successfully targeted 54,000 employees.
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    Behavioral & Developmental Services, USAF, USAF

    Appointed to direct all administration, finance, therapeutic, and outreach efforts. Led virtual team of 33 employees. Administered annual budget of $1 million. Created and implemented on-the-job training programs and mentoring programs. Conducted community needs assessments to customize course offerings and services.

    • Selected to lead elite Mental Health Team in providing counseling to over 22,000 personnel within 30 days in response to Sept. 11th attacks on Pentagon; team featured in Time Magazine in October, 2001 and lauded by President George Bush and USAF leaders. Awarded Air Force Achievement Medal in recognition of leadership.

Proudest Accomplishment

9-11 Responder to United States Pentagon

Education Highlights

  • Bachelor of Science, Social Psychology
    Park University, 2003
  • Master of Arts in Strategic Communications & Leadership
    Seton hall university, 2010
  • Executive Masters in Human Resource Management
    COrnell university, 2018
  • Harvard Business School Program for Leadership Development
    Harvard University, 2020


  • Wounded Warrior
  • Disabled American Veterans
  • Lockheed Martin Veteran's Affinity Group
    Site Leader, Delaware Valley, 2006-2014
  • Brandywine Valley SPCA
    Volunteer, Donor

Experience by the numbers

  • 20
    years experience in learning & Development
  • 4
    telley awards for online modules and videos
  • 45
    online modules created
  • 8
    usaf medals
  • 4
    years international experience
  • 1
    diversity champion award
  • 10
    years management experience
  • 4
    special recognition awards
  • 10+
    Years change management


  • leadership
  • Leadership development
  • Organizational deveLopment
  • Instructor-led training
  • Organizational effectiveness
  • Management
  • Training delivery
  • program management
  • training delivery
  • Change management

Professional REcommendations

"Denise is one of those rare, one of a kind leaders"
who is admired for her abilities to execute tasks in a positive and proactive manner."
"I was always impressed with Denise's ability to leverage relationships to get the job done. Some people have vision and others are able to bring their vision to fruition...
few wear both hats and Denise one of those people who can see the big picture, but also has the attention to detail necessary for excellence."
"Denise is a consummate professional who is meticulous with detail and is excellent in designing a program then executing on it
Denise has to manage multiple reporting chains and has to communicate clearly and timely. I have greatly enjoyed working with Denise and can trust her with any assignment."

"Denise is the consummate professional, detail oriented, who always delivers results. Further, her can-do attitude ensures all stakeholders are fully engaged...
and brought into her thought-through solutions. She is a complete pleasure to work with and I have no hesitation in recommending her."

Denise is a co-worker who leads change management and communications on several projects with me and my team.
Through working closely with Denise, I know her as intelligent, passionate, energetic, and energetic, and a creative thinker. She has a strong background in many areas and most importantly knows how to engage and work well with people including individuals and teams. Beyond her engaging, team-oriented style, I am most impressed with her ability to collaborate with stakeholders to create successful implementation strategies that meet project and business needs. It is one thing to be creative but another when you can also craft plans and take tangible implementation steps that create high positive business impact in the real world. This is Denise, a genuine person and a highly competent professional.

My Blog

HR Leaders: Now is a Great Time to Dig Into Your HR Metrics

Over the past few weeks, many who are telecommuting have seen a few meetings cancelled resulting some extra time on your calendars. You may also have fewer interruptions while working from home. Or, your company's revenue may have suffered a hit over the past few weeks and you'd like to take action to set your team up for success in 2020.

As such, it is a great time to take an objective look at how well your HR programs are performing. Are they effectively supporting the company goals and...

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