About Steve Dennis

My day job

I’m the President of SageBerry Consulting, a strategic advisory firm focused on innovation and growth strategy for retail, luxury and social impact brands, which I started in 2008 after 25 years of selling my soul to corporate America. My last “real job” was as the head of strategy and multichannel marketing for the Neiman Marcus Group. I am also on the advisory boards of Invodo and Nectarom and an Executive In Residence at RevTech Accelerator.

My perspectives on digital disruption and the reinvention of retail are shared through keynote speeches, in the press and as the author of a popular retail innovation blog. You can find it here.  I also write for Forbes. With any luck my first book–A Really Bad Time To Be Boring: Reinventing Retail In The Age of Amazon–will be out mid 2018.


My side hustles

Since leaving the full-time corporate world in 2008, I’ve served on several non-profit boards including chairing both the Social Venture Partners Dallas (where I have been a partner since 2010) and the DFW Retail Executives Association Boards. I currently am on the boards of the United Way’s social innovation accelerator (The GroundFloor), Education Opens Doors and The First Unitarian Church of Dallas.

I have done pro bono work on strategic planning, social enterprise and marketing for more than a dozen non-profits including The Akola Project, Bonton Farms, Children at Risk, Leadership ISD and Trinity River Mission.

I’m also active in mentoring students and entrepreneurs. I have a hard time saying “no.”

Family stuff

I have two wonderful daughters. Elena is a graduate of Northwestern and lives in Chicago where she works for a major foundation. Claire is a junior at Willamette University in Oregon.  Below I’m pictured with my one and only sibling Shari Parker. She appreciates my wicked sense of humor.