Elgin moves forward on diversity with new consultant

Elgin's new diversity consultant plans to administer an anonymous survey, followed by small group meetings, to help her understand how city staff members perceive their workplace. Read More.

From Elected Official to Government Consultant: How One Founder Builds Her Business Through Relationships

When Denise Barreto ran for a local government office in a Chicago suburb in 2009, she hoped to make a difference in her local community. After being elected, she discovered she'd stumbled onto something else: a career path that would change her life. “I realized how poorly run local government is, and thought, 'That's a business opportunity, big time,'" she says. Today, through her consulting company, Relationships Matter Now, she's working to help local government run more efficiently. Read More.

Meet Denise Barreto, founder of Relationships Matter Now and a Woman of Influence

The Chicago Business Journal named 50 honorees for its 2016 class of Women of Influence honorees. The program recognizes women business leaders in the Chicago area who innovate, succeed and "pay it forward." In the days ahead, we'll be giving readers a chance to hear directly from these women. Read More.

Am I Enough? Am I Too Much?

Accepting yourself wholly and completely at any given moment is a courageous act, according to Denise Barreto. This kind of acceptance is key to heroic action. In a speech given at the Hero Round Table Conference, Denise asks, "Am I enough?"

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McHenry County Magazine: Women Of Distinction

Introducing our 2015 honorees! In 2012, McHenry County Magazine began a tradition of honoring women who have given their time and talents to the community. Read More.

Editorial: Council woman's departure emphasizes the challenge of diverse leadership in the suburbs.

By all accounts, including our own 2013 endorsements, Denise Barreto has served with distinction as a Lake in the Hills village trustee. And as an African-American woman, she offered a different viewpoint than many in office in the suburbs, especially in McHenry County. Read More.

Constable: Diversity quest drives family from suburb.

Saying that she wants to move her family because Lake in the Hills doesn't offer enough diversity draws everything to Denise Barreto from unmitigated support to accusations of racism. Read More.

Lake in the Hills trustee resigns, cites county's lack of diversity.

Lake in the Hills village Trustee Denise Barreto is stepping down after six years on the village board citing a lack of diversity in the county. Read More.

Lake in the Hills trustee Denise Barreto plans to leave village in middle of term.

After 12 years in the village and six on the Village Board, Trustee Denise Barreto is saying goodbye to Lake in the Hills. Read More.

Professional Women. Personal Stories.

A. Michelle Blakeley's Professional Women. Personal Stories. is a series of interviews with women entrepreneurs and professionals who have had a life changing experience or catalyst that led them to start and grow their businesses. Here, she interviews Denise as part of the series.Watch.

First Business News

Denise was recently featured as part of the First Business News program. Watch.

YWCA Business Award nominee

Denise is proud to have been named a 2014 YWCA Business Award nominee. Read More.

2014 Influential Suburban Women in Business

The Daily Herald Business Ledger has named Denise to their 2014 list of Influential Suburban Women in Business. Read More.

Changing Faces | Northwest Herald

The Northwest Herald featured Denise in their article, "Changing Faces: Minorities Underrepresented in McHenry County Municipal Bodies." Read More (subscription may be required)


Listen to Denise on The Broad Experience podcast

Denise was recently a guest on The Broad Experience: A Conversation about Women, the Workplace, and Success, where she discussed entrepreneurship in "Episode 50: Starting a Business."


Listen to Denise on APM's Marketplace

Denise was featured on American Public Media's radio program Marketplace as they discussed "Why Women Lag in Winning Federal Contracts."


Have You Read Denise's Book?

From Here to There: Five Steps to Doing Your Life's Work Every Day, the first book from Denise W. Barreto, is available here on Amazon. Pick up your copy today!

SoFabCon 14

In 2014, Denise was proud to be a part of SoFabCon 14

-- Steve Jobs --

Denise on the Radio!

The Kristen Hagopian Show -- WFYL 1180 AM - Boston, MA
Host: Kristen Hagopian

Kristen Hagopian is a Personal Finance Columnist, Motivational Speaker and Author of Brilliant Frugal Living. Her weekly Talk Show, in addition to regular segments for Fox News and other major networks, bring her wealth-building message to millions.

Denise on the Radio!

Small Business Advocate Radio Network
Host: Jim Blasingame
January 22, 2013

Jim Blasingame is the creator and award-winning host of the Small Business Advocate Show, the world's only weekday talk show dedicated to small business. Conducting over 1,000 live interviews annually with his Brain Trust, the world's largest community of small business experts, Jim reaches a national radio audience, plus Internet listeners worldwide.

Jim's short feature, A Small Business Minute, airs daily on XM Satellite Radio's 24 talk channels.

Denise on the Radio!

Gabe Wisdom Show - Business Talk Radio Network (Syndicated)
January 2, 2013 Approx. 25 minutes

From giving surf condition reports on the California coast to graduating from Harvard Business School, Gabe Wisdom draws from a wealth of experience to give his listeners expert financial advice that anyone can relate to and benefit from.

Denise on the Radio!

Health, Wealth and Wisdom - WHNZ AM 1250 Tampa
Host: Evan Gold
January 8, 2013 Approx. 25 minutes

We bring you professionals like doctors, attorneys, financial planners and many other experts from around the Bay and around the Country that will enlighten you to a host of topics. It is probably the most well rounded shows for the 40plus population on WHNZ.

Denise on the Radio!

Ringside Politics - WGSO 990 AM New Orleans
Host: Jeff Crouere
December 27, 2012 Approx. 20 minutes

Denise on the Radio!

The Frankie Boyer Show - Lifestyle Talk Radio (Syndicated)
December 20, 2012 Approx. 15 minutes

The show is a forum for Frankie to direct people toward making proactive changes in their lives mentally, physically, and spiritually.