Dennise M. Kowalczyk moved to New England, sight unseen, in 2018 from Portland, Oregon – and she LOVES her new home.
She is the mother of Lila who is a young adult embarking on her life as a college student this fall. Dennise has enjoyed a varied career, ranging from nonprofit work to community radio management to now owning her own business – CTD Creative Consulting – where she provides relationship marketing strategy support to women solopreneurs who seek to be seen and heard in the digital space.
She is also a big fan of giving back and supports several nonprofits in her community: New England Basecamp, Wilbury Theatre, ReEntry Campus, Social Enterprise Greenhouse, and Preserve Rhode Island.
She is also a podcaster once serving as the host of Artclectic New England – a show she created and produced in 2018/2019 featuring local arts and culture organizations and thought leaders. She is currently the host and producer of BroadBand the Podcast – a show featuring the wisdom of women entrepreneurs.
Dennise is the founder of Amplification Allies, an intentional peer networking group for women that focuses on peer marketing support strategies for women-owned B2B enterprises. She loves living the fullest life possible and hosts a women’s social group called Dames Who Do RI that hikes, dines, and attends other fun events in the community. Relatively recently, she stepped into the world of background acting where you can spot her in the ballroom scene of the final episode of Season One of The Gilded Age and she loves sharing a good story as a performer at Kismet Improv.
What do you do and why do you do it?
I am a 2nd Act multi-potentialite who loves to teach and convene others to connect. I am an online marketing manager who supports other 2nd Act women business owners with building their online community. I also curate a women’s social group called Dames Who Do RI and a peer to peer cross marketing group called Amp Allies. I believe we women have so much personal power to pursue our dreams and help other do the same.
What changed for you after age 50?
Confidence! Freedom to pursue my dreams! World travel!
What would you tell the 20 or 30-year-old YOU?
Keep doing the work, girl, because you are building an AMAZING life!
What do you think you’ll tell yourself in retrospect at the end of your life?
You did good. Well done, Dennise!
What impact do you think increased visibility can have on your business?
It is critical.
Who or what inspires you and why?
All women who step out of their comfort zone to try new things.