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Denise Berger, Ed.D.

Adjunct Faculty
Education, Graduate School of Education and Psychology


Denise Berger focuses on the development of leaders in both for-profit and non-profit organizations. She is a partner at Social Venture Partners. Denise has also been a TedX coach and an Annenberg/CNN Hero Fast Pitch coach. She teaches in the M.A. in Social Entrepreneurship & Change Program at Pepperdine University, and she has been a mentor in Colgate University's Thought in Action program for college-level entrepreneurship initiatives.

Denise holds an Ed.D. in Organizational Leadership from Pepperdine University and completed her dissertation on Corporate Social Responsibility. She was a Managing Director at Aon Risk Services, where she ran the East Coast operations of the Global Business Unit, which handled the multinational risk management needs of Fortune 500 companies.



  • EdD, Organizational Leadership, Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology, 2013
  • MBA, Marketing/International Business, Fordham University, 1995
  • BA, History, Colgate University, 1989


  • Organizational Leadership
  • Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Social Entrepreneurship