Dena began her professional life as a mechanical engineer in the automotive industry eventually developing a passion for adult learning and development. She has been at the Institute of Management and at the London Business School as Business Development Director for Executive Education. The latter role gave her direct exposure to many of the business issues facing large, multinational organizations. After leaving London Business School, Dena became a full time consultant with Potentia International, a consultancy specializing in the identification, development and deployment of senior executive talent. She became independent in 2002, completing her PhD on 'Transformative learning' at the University of Surrey in 2004. Since this time, she has worked with many international organizations and business schools. She has authored and contributed to many books on building personal effectiveness.