DENA LAWRENCEPrivate Sector Engagement Committee
A native of California, Dena returned to her sunny homeland in late 2018, after spending nearly a decade abroad in Dublin, Ireland. As a Pre-Sales Portfolio Manager for Microsoft, Enterprise Services Division, she manages a multi-million dollar portfolio of Dynamics 365 Consulting Services opportunities in the US market. With a specialized focus in the Justice and Public Safety vertical, she drives an extensive portfolio of industry leading digital transformation motions in state and local governments where the aim to is to harness the power of Dynamics 365 technology to drive improvements in criminal justice service delivery and outcomes that will benefit society at large.
In addition to her day job, Dena contributes a significant amount of volunteer time on behalf of Microsoft in diversity and inclusion related programs. She currently leads the Women at Microsoft community’s partnership with GGBC and previously served as a global leader in GLEAM, Microsoft’s LGBT+ employee resource group. While living in Ireland, she was named Ireland’s LGBT Role Model of the Year in 2015.
Dena has Bachelor’s Degree in International Business from San Diego State University and a MSc in Management and Organisation Studies from the Michael Smurfit Graduate School of Business (University College Dublin). Her master’s thesis on the role of hubris in the Irish banking crash in 2009 was published in the Journal of Business Ethics.
She is also a proud single mother to a bubbly, rambunctious toddler named Noah 😊