Denise Arruda, PhD, PMP

Senior Manager Software Electronics Fire Suppression Products

Johnson Controls Inc.

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Speaker Bio

Dr. Denise Arruda is the Senior Manager of Software Electronics for Fire Suppression Products at Johnson Controls. She is responsible for leading a global development team to implement the right digital solution to solve the right business problem. Dr. Arruda is a leader of leaders, driving strategy, vision, and technology direction while leading, coaching, motivating, and inspiring her team to deliver on their commitments. She is located in Cranston, RI.

Dr. Arruda brings a strong technical and project management background to this role. Before becoming a Sr. Manager, Denise was a technical Program Manager driving execution excellence to exceed stakeholders’ and customers’ expectations. Dr. Arruda received her doctorate in IT, specializing in Project Management from Capella University in 2019. She has been a certified Project Management Professional (PMP) since 2004. In 2018, She extended her knowledge to include Agile practices and obtained a Professional Scrum Master (PSM-1) certification. Dr. Denise Arruda is an adjunct professor of Project Management at Boston University in the Metropolitan College Administrative Sciences program.

Fun Fact: During the Covid lockdown, I learned how to build and program robots for fun. I have a collection of three different robots I built.

The first one is driven manually and has a claw that I used to pick up the tennis balls my dogs did not retrieve. The second looks like a car. It is programmed to follow a line. I laid out a track with black electric tape on my kitchen floor. The third is a two-wheel robot that uses a gyroscope to balance.

Speaker Sessions


Motivating the Next Generation High Performance Team

60 mins
  • Track - Workshop
  • Leadership
  • Premium Ticket Holders Only
  • Denise Arruda, PhD, PMP

    Senior Manager Software Electronics Fire Suppression Products

    Johnson Controls Inc.

As frontier leaders, we need to guide and develop a high-performance team to deliver the next-generation products. We are often challenged by how to inspire, engage, and motivate our team to deliver on our vision. Research has shown that most teams and organizations continue to be misaligned on how to truly motivate today’s knowledge workers, yet we keep instituting programs to provide incentives for better performance and to drive innovation. Is there a more effective way?

This workshop will discuss practical research and theory behind motivation aligned to today’s knowledge worker’s intrinsic motivators. This workshop will combine hands-on challenges, discussions, and engaging lectures to uncover motivational techniques aligned with today’s knowledge workers and beyond.

Key Takeaways:

  • Motivational practices based on pay for performance are not aligned with today’s knowledge workers
  • Motivational practices that are aligned to intrinsic motivators are more effective to inspire and motivate today’s knowledge worker
  • How to keep your team motivated against daily challenges and uncertainty


Personal Branding Hub

60 mins
  • Track - Networking
  • Career Development
  • Networking
  • Supriya Bakshi

    Director - Data & Analytics Lead for Digital Health

    Alexion Pharmaceuticals

  • Denise Arruda, PhD, PMP

    Senior Manager Software Electronics Fire Suppression Products

    Johnson Controls Inc.

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