Denise Sena

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Resilient, forward thinking supply chain leader and wellness aficionado Denise Sena, in brief.

Denise Sena

Home: Hillsborough, NJ.  Birthplace: Summit, NJ.  Profession: Biotech, pharmaceutical, supply chain.  Title: VP of Global Supply Chain.  Pronouns: She/Her/Hers.  Alma mater: University of Rhode Island.

Recent recognition: Told I have a “game on” mindset.  Latest contribution to others: Committee chair to create an affinity group that connects leadership with physical fitness and wellness.  What’s been your big (or biggest leap)? Coaching first-time triathletes.   Hobbies: Tennis, golf, surfing.  Recent travel or adventure: Denver, CO at 12K elevation.   Last book read: You Are a Badass, by Jen Sincero.  Recent unique acquisition: A five-piece electronic drum set. 

Personality profile: Resilient, deliberate, compassionate, courageous.  What one word would your closest friend use to describe you? Loyal.  Moral compass: Consistent with the words of Maya Angelou, that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.  How do you define a perfect friendship? The ability to pick up where you let off, no matter how much time has gone by.  How do you define an ideal business relationship? Like minded, with complementary strengths and integrity.  What is your greatest joy? Seeing my son happy.  What word or phrase do you use far too often? Wicked cool.  What natural talent have you neglected? Playing the guitar.  What occupation, other than your own, do you most admire? Olympic athletes.   

What three emojis best describe you? 💪🚴‍♀️✈️.

What is your favorite place (or way) to spend money? Great food, great friends, great memories.  What is at the top of your bucket list? To own a beach house in Rhode Island.  What is your go-to workout? Peloton Ride.  What ingredient is essential to your perfect vacation? Sunshine.

What was your first paying job? Pitch and Putt attendant.  What was your favorite college course? The Science behind Nutrition.  What was your favorite childhood toy or game? Kickball.  What book have you repeatedly read? The Alchemist, by Paulo Coelho.  What movie have you repeatedly watched? A League of their Own.  What’s prominently featured on your home or office wall? Pictures of my son growing up.  Besides your parents, who has had the greatest influence on your life? My grandmother.  What’s the best advice you received growing up? Life is short; focus on the present moment and live it the best way we can.  What’s the best advice you received in your career? Purpose: first say to yourself where you want to go, then aim for where you have to be.  What is your favorite app? Door Dash.  What is your go-to source of creative inspiration? Outside by the fire pit.  What world event has had the greatest influence on your life? The impact of Title IX on women’s sports.  What personal circumstance has had the greatest influence on your life?  Playing competitive sports, from which I developed self-esteem and resilience, built relationships, learned leadership and patience.

What change would you like to see in the world? To advance the lives of women and girls through greater access to sports and physical activity.  What message do you want to send out into the world? Opportunities don't happen, you create them.  What widely held belief do you reject? Marriage inequality for same sex couples around the world.  What mega-trend most excites you? Door to door food service.  What mega-trend most concerns you? The rapid flow of information and its impact on our relationships and quality of life.

What actor would you choose to play you in the movie about your life? Jodi Foster.  Who would you like to spend an evening with, in heaven? My dad.  After your loved ones, what object would you first save from your burning home? Old photographs that are not digitized and important documents.  How would you choose to spend tomorrow, if you knew it was your last day on earth? On the beach with my family, playing games and having a lobster dinner.  What advice would you give your younger self? Everything happens for a reason.  What day in your life would you choose to re-live? My wedding day.  What period in your life would you do differently, if you could? College freshman year.

Personal motto: Be your authentic self.  Favorite quote: “You miss 100% of the shots you don't take” (Wayne Gretzky).  Desired epitaph: She always overcame.


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