Denise is a leading-edge thinker, educator, and practitioner in biomimicry, biomimetics, and sustainable innovation. She combines her grounding in engineering with her passionate vision to bring pragmatism to progressives and rational thinking to radicals. She is equally passionate about bringing radical innovation, co-creativity, and leadership inspired by nature to conventional organizations, catalyzing their journey of radical transformation.
Denise is Director and co-founder of BCI: Biomimicry for Creative Innovation, a vibrant network of unique innovators, professional change agents, and design professionals with a shared passion for radically transforming businesses and organizations to be in harmony with nature.
She is also , Education Director at the International Living Future Institute and an adjunct faculty at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) where she teaches two online courses, Creative Leadership and Biomimetic Design, as part of MCAD’s 100% online Master of Arts in Sustainable Design program.
DeLuca has also run her own sustainable resource consulting business Emergent Solutions, was Outreach Director for The Biomimicry Institute, and was Project Lead for Swedish Biomimetics 3000.
Denise finds tremendous joy in working with individuals and organizations to re-discover their natural paradigms and to begin the process of realigning themselves and others with Nature and their own human nature, thus releasing their full natural potential. Inspired by Nature, she embraces paradoxes such as creativity & productivity, radical & rational, profound & practical to help create and share emergent abundance.
And she has a particular fondness for pinecones.
Denise is currently living in Seattle, WA (USA).