The STEMconnector Team

Denielle Pemberton-Heard

Denielle Pemberton-Heard is the CEO of STEMconnector. She joins STEMconnector after serving as General Counsel and Managing Director of the Diversified Search Group, a role she will retain. She brings decades of executive-level experience to STEMconnector through her roles at PBS, Thales, Time Warner/AOL and Discovery Communications, where she partnered with corporations, the Department of Education, foundations and on-air talent to elevate media commitment to news, public affairs, technology and the arts.

Denielle joined Diversified Search following fifteen years as Group Counsel, Programming and Business Affairs at the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS), the nation’s largest non-commercial media enterprise. There, she directed transactional work related to the production, distribution, and syndication of content across all platforms on behalf of PBS and its 300-plus member stations, and led negotiations between and among PBS, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, on-air talent, program funders, and foundations. Before joining PBS, she held legal and executive leadership roles at  Thales, Inc., Time Life (TWX). and  Discovery Communications, Inc (DSC).

Denielle began her law career in private practice as a commercial attorney in Connecticut and New York where she published scholarly works in the area of Copyright and Trademark Law . A past Regional Judge for President Obama’s Presidential Commission on White House Fellowships, Denielle is committed to emerging leaders, talent pipeline development, community service and corporate social responsibility initiatives.  She has in the past served as a Trustee of the Toy Industry of America Foundation; on the Advisory Committee of DCVLP (DC Volunteer Lawyers Program to end domestic violence);  on the Board of Governors of the Case Western School of Law; and as a member of the professional faculty of the Johns Hopkins University Carey School of Business, where she lectured on business law. She is a member of the Advisory Board of the Women’s Business Collaborative (WBC) and serves the greater Washington, Dc community through her memberships in The Links, Inc. and Delta Sigma Theta, a public service sorority.

Denielle earned be B.A. from Tufts University, her Juris Doctorate from Case Western Reserve University and is an Alumna of the Columbia University Graduate School of Business.

Denielle and her husband Greg are the proud parents of two college aged students. When not working, Denielle  is a home improvement enthusiast and also enjoys working out with friends, travel, classic films and dancing.