Meet Denise Shull, The Hedge Fund Manager Whisperer -

In conversation with Fox Business’ Liz Claman


How to Take the Next Step in Being Your Best Self
Hear Liz Claman of Fox Business interview Denise Shull, the human performance architect who is often called “the real-life Wendy Rhoades” after the popular character in Showtime’s hit drama BILLIONS. Liz and Denise will discuss the little-known secret to exceptional human performances in the markets, sports and any endeavor where risk and pressure coincide. Ever wonder about how to take the next step in being your best self? The solution to that question may be more ‘negative’ than you’d think.

Denise Shull is a former trader and a student of the nexus between neuroeconomics and psychoanalysis. She has turned her combo of trading experience and research expertise into a radical, groundbreaking philosophy of human perception, judgment and performance under pressure. In this exclusive program, Denise will reveal her insights about the hidden secrets to exceptional performance. She will discuss such issues as combating performance demons, ending slumps and leveraging the totality of the human psyche. We are not as flawed as we think – we have just been taught the wrong view of emotion and the wrong strategy for our normal and useful negative feelings.

Denise K. Shull
Denise K. Shull MA, Decision Coach and Performance Architect, leverages her extensive research and training in psychological science to solve the challenges of mental mistakes, confidence crises and slumps in professional athletes and Wall Street money managers. Denise is known for her radical approach to emotion and her uncanny effectiveness in coaching, training and assessing for the X-factor of human performance.

A former trader and trading desk manager, Shull’s Wall Street career began in 1994 with traders from the Chicago Board Options Exchange. She traded equites at two of the early proprietary trading firms before running two equities desks. Switching to futures, Shull joined the Chicago Board of Trade and traded commodities for her family fund, Rossiter Capital. In 2004, she also began translating neuroeconomics -- the new science of the brain and risk -- into investing and trading profits at banks, hedge funds and proprietary trading firms. The head of regional trading for a global bank said:

“…the work I have done with her has enabled me to make more progress in my trading than my 15 years of experience did on their own.”

Her 2012 book, Market Mind Games, has been described as the “best of its genre” and a “Rosetta Stone of trading psychology”. Five years after publication it continues to garner 5-star reviews on Amazon while Shull continues to apply the work to hedge funds in the equities, commodities and foreign-exchange spaces and has worked with a wide range of AUM levels. Heads of bank desks at Citi, DB and HSBC have also depended on Denise for wise counsel.

In 2015, she was invited by Andrew Ross Sorkin to consult on Showtime’s drama BILLIONS and in 2016, Bloomberg’s Tradebook delivered the trader brain exercise (TBX) game based on her work. Shull also signed her first Olympic athlete – Pro Snowboard Cross Racer Lindsey Jacobellis – in 2016 and began work with a professional golfer in 2017.

An engaging speaker, Shull has received rave reviews for her keynotes at MIT’s Sloan Fellows program, WBR’s Equities and Fixed Income Leaders’ Summits, LiquidNet, Battle of the Quants, 100 Women in Hedge Funds Behavioral Finance Series and many other conferences.

The WSJ, FT, Bloomberg Markets, New York Observer and New York Times’ Dealbook have each profiled Shull’s work. In 2017, Business Insider covered Denise’s work extensively and in the years prior, she was also covered in Fortune, The Guardian, Toronto’s Globe and Mail and Risk Professional magazine. CNBC’s Squawk Box has featured Shull in both the US and Asia. She has also appeared on NRR’s MarketPlace, Bloomberg TV, Cavuto, PBS, The Discovery Channel and CNBC’s Halftime Report.

Shull graduated from Harvard Kennedy’s executive program in “Investment Decisions and Behavioral Finance” in 2009. She also holds a Master of Arts from The University of Chicago. Her thesis research, “The Neurobiology of the Theory of Freud’s Repetition Compulsion” was first published in 2003 in the Annals of Modern Psychoanalysis and was cited in 2013 as one of the first papers ever written in the emerging field of neuro-psychoanalysis. She had additional graduate-level training in modern psychoanalysis from The Mid-Manhattan Institute of Psychoanalysis and has been mentored by Dr. Charles Bershatsky, an exceptionally skilled and gifted psychoanalyst.

Shull resides in NYC but remains a lifelong fan of the Cleveland Browns and a relatively fast downhill skier.

Liz Claman
Liz Claman joined FOX Business Network (FBN) as an anchor in October 2007. She anchors the number-one rated Countdown to the Closing Bell with Liz Claman (weekdays 3-4PM/ET).
Her October debut on FBN included an exclusive interview with Berkshire Hathaway CEO and legendary investor Warren Buffett. Throughout her tenure at FBN, Claman has conducted exclusive interviews with every U.S. Treasury Secretary from John Snow to Paul O’Neill, Larry Summers, Timothy Geithner, Jack Lew and Steven Mnuchin. Claman has brought a roster of business leaders including JP Morgan CEO Jamie Dimon, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz, Twitter co-founders Jack Dorsey, Evan Williams and Biz Stone, Google/Alphabet Executive Chairman Eric Schmidt, and Microsoft founder Bill Gates to Fox Business viewers as well as world leaders, including Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Ukraine President Petro Poroshenko.

Prior to joining FBN, Claman served as an anchor at CNBC, most recently anchoring Morning Call and Wake Up Call, Market Watch, and Today’s Business. During her time at CNBC, Claman landed the first one-hour live one-on-one interview with Warren Buffett. Before CNBC, Claman, a two-time Emmy Award winner, served as an anchor and reporter for Boston’s WHDH-TV (NBC). She was also a contributing correspondent for NBC’s syndicated daytime program RealLife. Prior to that, she anchored a two-hour daily talk show, The Morning Exchange for WEWS-TV (ABC) in Cleveland. She received an Emmy for her work on The Morning Exchange.

A graduate of the University of California, Berkeley and the Sorbonne in Paris, Claman began her on-air career at WSYX-TV (ABC) in Columbus, OH as a reporter and later a weekend anchor. Earlier, she was a news associate for KCBS-TV (CBS) in Los Angeles where she was the youngest person in the station’s history to win a local Emmy Award for Best Spot News Producer. Claman is a member of the Board of Directors of the American Theatre Wing and is a Tony Award voter. She is an active fundraiser for Building Homes for Heroes, an organization that builds mortgage-free homes for severely wounded soldiers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. She has completed 7 triathlons and one New York City marathon.