Denise Stewart is a wellness coach, motivational speaker, playwright, and actor. Over the past three years she has spoken to groups and events including Blogville, CASA State Conference, AORN Nurses’ Conference, the Women’s 4-Miler Training Program, Charlottesville Rotary Club, Martha Jefferson Hospital, and NRVCares of Blacksburg. Her corporate clients have included Real Estate III, Crutchfield Corp., MicroAire Surgical, CFA Institute, and Martin Horn, Inc. Stewart holds a master’s degree in playwriting from U.Va. and a bachelor’s degree in theatre from Catawba College. She is the executive director of Wellness Charlottesville, LLC. She also teaches wellness and self-esteem workshops for teenage girls, and recently toured her one-woman show, Dirty Barbie and Other Girlhood Tales, in Washington, D.C., New York City, and Edinburgh, Scotland.