co-designing transformative possibilities for health, HEALING and creative abundance.

Photo by Jen White-Johnson, 2018 (collaged background by me)

Photo by Jen White-Johnson, 2018 (collaged background by me)

MEET Denise Shanté Brown


I’m a feminist entrepreneur living in Baltimore whose lifeswork centers the wellbeing and brilliance of Black womxn and folx who hold marginalized identities. Wholeheartedly and with no apologies. 

As the Creator + Cultivator of Design for the Wellbeing of Black Women, I’ve dedicated my holistic practice to actualizing liberating and vibrant futures through design. I believe that creative, hands-on healing experiences can shape possibility and embolden communities to develop the tools and strategies we need for collective wellbeing. My process and practice are grounded in design justice and healing justice principles, emergent strategy, nature, womanism, and the feminine economy.

Integrating the transformative power of design with the audacity to be well is at the heart of my lifeswork. I hold a Masters of Arts degree in Social Design from the Maryland Institute College of Art and have designed unique health interventions, community engagement strategies, and listening session models, facilitated creative dialogue on self-compassion and mindful social practice, and conducted design-led research that emphasizes the lived experiences of the people behind the data.

Possibility is my favorite word and I have a thing for books, astrology, tea and tiny objects. When pausing from the ever-evolving workflow you can find me making time for quiet reflection in nature throughout the city, writing reflections in my journal, capturing insights on post-it notes, and probably finding reasons to rewatch highly-melanated episodes of Issa Rae’s, Insecure



MA Social Design, Maryland Institute College of Art 2017

BFA Graphic Design, The Art Institute of Atlanta 2012

TRAININGS + Community experiences

DC Emergent Strategy Immersion, Emergent Strategy Ideation Institute 2019

Feminist Business School, Sister 2019

Black Diaspora Jam, Yes! 2018

Emotionally Intelligent Leadership & Social Justice-Informed Mental Health, BEAM 2017

Mental Health First Aid, Mosaic Community Services 2017

Compassionate Activism: Responding to Everyday Oppression with Love and Justice, Everyday Feminism 2016

recognition & Support

Baltimore Corps Elevation Awardee, 2018-2019

The Institute for Integrative Health Nature Sacred Fellow, 2017-2019

Robert W. Deutsch Social Design Fellow 2017-2018

Fred Lazarus Leadership for Social Change Award, 2017

Leslie King-Hammond Graduate Award, 2016

Photo by Hannah Shaw, 2019

Photo by Hannah Shaw, 2019


interesting facts

  • Myers-Briggs: INFJ
    StrengthsFinder Top 5: Strategic, Input, Intellection, Futuristic, Individualization
    Imperative Purpose Type: The Advocate
    Astrology: Leo Sun, Libra Moon, Scorpio Rising

  • I have type 1 diabetes (T1D) and a medical alert tattoo on my right forearm. I was diagnosed in 2013.

  • I love tiny objects! Things that aren’t typically small but were made into tiny versions light me up.

  • I collect feathers from every kind of space, especially while walking, and they hold a spiritual meaning that is connected to my father.

  • One of my favorite Pleasure Dates involves matcha lattes, browsing books, and walking the city for hours.

  • I started writing poetry and keeping journals in the second grade. Writing continues to be a therapeutic form of expression that keeps me centered.

  • I spent a significant amount of my 20’s living in Atlanta, my second home, but grew up in a small town in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.

  • One of my favorite shows is Issa’s Rae’s, Insecure, and she’s number one on my list of celebrities to hangout with.

  • The word that best describes my work is Possibility. Shifting from problems to reimagining what’s possible is a mindset I’m cultivating and integrating every day.