Polished Austin Luncheon
May 2, 2018, 12:00 p.m.
301 Brazos St
Austin, TX 78701
Denise Bradley is responsible for planning and executing corporate communication and community affairs strategies for the HCA Central and West Texas Division, which encompasses St. David’s HealthCare in Austin, Texas, and Las Palmas Del Sol Healthcare in El Paso, Texas. St. David’s HealthCare is a seven-hospital healthcare system, with more than 110 locations throughout Central Texas. It is the third-largest private employer in the Austin area, employing more than 9,000 associates and supported by more than 2,000 medical staff members. In her role, Denise oversees the strategic direction and coordination of internal and external communication; media and public relations; community relations; and, crisis management.
Denise has held a variety of state and nationally recognized positions, including both Director of Correspondence and Special Projects Manager in The White House Office of the First Lady. Her work experience also includes lecturer at The University of Texas at Austin; research and policy analyst for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services; Presidential Management Fellow; Deputy Director of the Central Regional Reading First Technical Assistance Center; and Executive Director of the Texas State History Museum Foundation.
Denise earned her bachelor’s degree in psychology from Sam Houston State University. She went on to pursue a master’s degree in educational psychology with an emphasis in program evaluation, and later earned a doctorate in educational psychology in the areas of human development and education, from The University of Texas at Austin.
Denise is active in numerous organizations. She is a member of the Austin Area Research Organization, which is a membership organization of business and community leaders advancing the economic and social well-being of the Central Texas area. She currently serves on the board, as well as the executive committee, of the Greater Austin Chamber of Commerce and is also a member of the Texas Hospital Association’s Strategic Communications Constituency Council. Denise has also served on the board of Hyde Park Schools, including a one-year appointment as school board president; the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society, where she also chaired the Student-of-the-Year Task Force; as a member of the executive leadership team for the American Heart Association’s Go Red for Women campaign; and, co-chair of the marketing and public relations committee for the American Cancer Society’s Cattle Baron’s Ball.
In 2012, Denise was named a Central Texas Woman of Influence by the Austin Business Journal.