Dana Theus is a compelling and engaging leadership speaker, motivating mid-level and executive audiences to seek professional success through personal growth and development. She gives voice to the value of women in the workforce and their leadership assets – energizing women and men alike to tap into their full potential for authentic leadership styles that balance organizational cultures. Her research-based talks are inspirational, action-oriented and inpowering.
As a leadership consultant and executive coach Dana helps her clients through the personal growth that results in career success and life mastery. With her support, individuals access their power to present a confident, authentic personal brand and lead true and lasting change – at work and in their lives. She specializes in supporting professional women and emotionally intelligent leaders through her blog InPowerWomen.com, recognized by Forbes as a top 100 women’s blog, and her online coaching community at InPowerCoaching.com. Dana has spent her 25-year career helping individuals and organizations succeed as they venture into new territory, working inside and alongside fortune 100 companies, entrepreneurial startups, government agencies and non-profits. Her experience spans international government affairs, marketing, branding, communications, product development, product management, strategic planning, change management, leadership development, consulting, entrepreneurship and coaching. [Scroll down for audience-specific short bio statements.]
I was really impressed with how easily you made “soft” skills interesting and appealing for both women and men – in the same session! The interaction and engagement was great. – Senior Leader, NASA Marshall Space Flight Center
Some Facts about Dana
- Washington DC Host, Executive Leader’s Radio (#1 business talk radio station in the mid-atlantic)
- Forbes 100 Women’s Leadership Blog – InPowerWomen.com
- Leadership blogger on Huffington Post, Switch & Shift, Smartblogs on Leadership (Smartbrief) and Lead Change.
- Top 100 Most Socially Shared Leadership Blogs (3 blogs)
- Top 25 Blogs: HR Examiner
- Top 75 Human Business Champion
- Instructor George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership
- Certified Lean Six Sigma Champion
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Speaking Topics & Samples
Want to bring motivational, practical and powerful insights to your organization? Dana speaks powerfully on the following topics in both motivational talk and workshop formats. Dana can speak to your whole group, conduct a half day workshop, advise your planning committee, support leaders on a one-to-one basis – and all of the above! All sessions are appropriate for women-only and mixed gender audiences. Contact Dana to schedule your event.
Suggested Key Note & Executive Programs
The VUCA Crisis in Mid-Management Leadership & How To Fix It
The typical organization is not well-equipped to thrive in a Volatile Uncertain Complex Ambiguous (VUCA) business environment (i.e., today’s market!). Productivity gains are on the brink of backfiring, beginning to threaten competitiveness by stretching knowledge workers – and the corporate cultures they work in – beyond the point of optimum effectiveness. To respond to VUCA competitively an organization must nurture a creative and innovative culture while enabling market-speed decision-making in middle management. They must move off the “training model” of employee development and adapt the “coaching model,” which supports individual’s personal styles and strengths.
The Changing Face Of Leadership (and Why It Looks More Feminine)
Modern leadership principles emphasize the situational and emotionally intelligent aspects of a leader’s personal style. Supporting this is data that demonstrates the value of leaders who master the entire spectrum of relational capabilities – from those traditionally categorized as male, and those thought to be female. The most effective leaders in today’s environment learn to integrate this spectrum into their own style and lead from a deep confidence in themselves and a keen understanding of the situation. This “hands-on” keynote gives audience members a new way to see their own strengths and plot their way into their leadership stretch zone.
11 Ways Women, Millennials & Men Are Changing Workplace Values
Two key employee demographics – women and millennials – are half way out the door and the reasons why will help everyone find satisfaction in their work if only we can adapt our corporate cultures fast enough. Join Dana for this tour of the 11 human values you and your workforce need to thrive, and walk away with a personal action plan you can use to help you become the leader everyone wants to support.
7 Strategies for Attracting an Executive Sponsor – Develop and Action Plan to Go Higher, Faster! (Includes 12 eBook & Action Plan)
Research shows that leaders with executive sponsors get higher, faster; but how do you get a sponsor? Exploring how sponsorship and mentorship differ, Dana gives you 7 strategies to give your personal brand an upgrade. Your audience will walk away with action items they can put to work the next day to help them get on the radar of people who matter and can help their career go higher, faster. The accompanying eBook with self-coaching and peer coaching exercises is included for all participants free of charge.
The Woman Effect – How to Activate Your Female Leaders & the Innovative Leadership Styles They Bring With Them
This active session starts with mythbusting the stories told about women in leadership, explores what the research says is really going on between women and men in the meeting room and ends with a challenge to women to help them step into their full potential in the workplace.
Women’s Communicating With Confidence series
- Building an Authentic (Feminine) Leadership Presence
- Communicating with Confidence for Women
- Networking Skills for High-Achieving Women
- Building Influence Through Thought Leadership
- Mastering the Art of Authentic Persuasion
- Personal Branding For High-Potential Leaders
- Personal Branding For Business Success (for business owners)
We invited Dana to speak at our 2Q 2013 Financial Women Leadership Network event. We asked her to share her insights on how to master authentic self-promotion. Dana tailored “A Professional Woman’s Guide to Communicating with Confidence” presentation to our group’s needs and truly exceeded our expectations. She is very friendly, personable and was a pleasure to work with every step of the way. Dana was very flexible and made sure that her materials met outlined objectives and were interesting, relevant, thought provoking and empowering. She made her presentation very interactive and was able to engage a diverse group of women from those just starting their careers to those in various leadership roles. I highly recommend Dana for your coaching or professional development event! ~ Aksana Rajput, Sr. Tax Accountant, Exxon-Mobile (Top qualities identified on LinkedIn for this recommendation: Great Results , Good Value, High Integrity)
“I recently attended Dana Theus’ business roundtable discussion of ‘Become a Thought Leader on Social Media’ at the 2013 The Power Conference–Women Doing Business. As a newly formed business, I was very engaged in activities I deemed necessary to my startup plan. Missing was the core idea that my business needed to move to the next level. Since attending, I have not only used her technique, but it has shaped every decision moving forward.” ~ Jackie Mae, Author
Being a woman doesn’t make you a part of the weaker sex; we are a different sex and this seminar showed me that that’s ok and should be valued. ~Workshop participant
- Mastering Strategic Change & Transformation* – Learn the 5 agreements of Change and Transformation
- Mastering Group Dynamics for Team Leaders* – Learn to establish power across matrixed and cross-functional groups
- Establishing High Performance Team Agreements* – Diagnose and eliminate team performance inhibitors
Dana does a great job simplifying difficult concepts. Her insight is phenomenal. She is very patient and encouraging. – Leadership Development Seminar Participant, George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership
The PRIMES Leadership Lab we did with Dana is really about taking projects and diverse teams, breaking down those projects into areas to discover synergies, differences, and misconceptions. It helps us come up with an integrated approach to making sure we’re working on the same version of the truth.” Mike Howard, Chief Security Officer, Microsoft. See the full Microsoft video about this training.
This seminar helps you as women understand how to make the choices that work well for you, in life and work. Excellent tools to understand how to balance your life and the expectations associated with it. Arlene Handen, Staffing Manager
Coming into the seminar I had a strong belief that certain things were set in stone. Walking away, I now now that I have a choice… always. Dana Rivera
Dana does a great job simplifying difficult concepts. Her insight is phenomenal. She is very patient and encouraging. ~ Workshop participant
Listening to Dana made me look at life from a different window. There is more to life. Stay positive! ~ Workshop participant
Invite Dana to Give a Webinar to your Audience
SAMPLE: 3 Career Leadership Strategies To Get Into The Executive Suite
(recorded for the Venture Outsource GlobalNet Community’s “Women in Electronics” webinar series, June, 2014)
Interview Dana on Your Podcast or Video Channel
Dana speaks articulately on personal power, women in leadership, career development and business cultures (recorded 2012):
Selected Speaking Engagements
- National Association of Women MBAs – Washington, DC
- The Power Conference for Women – Bethesda, MD (2013 & 2014)
- Exxon-Mobil Women’s Leadership Forum – Huston, TX
- The Washington Network Group Women’s Leadership Forum – Washington, DC
- Microsoft – Seattle, WA
- TEDxMassAve 2012 (Co-hosted with TEDx Women) – Washington, DC
- The Washington Network Group – Washington, DC
- NASA Marshall Space Flight Center – Huntsville, AL
- Legacy Women’s Conference Northern Illinois University – Chicago, IL
- Women in Electronics/VentureSource – Online
Speaker’s Introduction (Sample Bios)
[To Corporate Audience] Dana Theus is President & CEO of InPower Coaching, helping emerging and established leaders avoid burnout and find professional success through personal growth. Dana offers innovative leadership development and coaching programs to companies and individuals capitalizing on her 25-year business career in marketing/business development, strategic planning, leadership development and coaching. She has worked for Fortune 100 companies, entrepreneurial startups, government and military agencies and non-profits. A prolific writer and perceptive coach, Dana has developed the InPower Leadership Development Competency Model, and she founded InPowerWomen.com (a Forbes Top 100 web site for women) and InPowerCoaching.com to bring an InPowered voice to leadership development. Dana is also a research-based advocate for women’s leadership initiatives and her articles are featured and syndicated on The Huffington Post, the National Journal and Smartbrief on Leadership. She is also a regular radio host on Executive Leader’s Radio, the #1 business talk radio show in the mid-atlantic states. Learn more and contact Dana at DanaTheus.com.
[To Individuals] Dana Theus is a leadership consultant and executive coach. She helps her clients through the personal growth that results in career success and life mastery. With her support, clients access their power to present a confident, authentic personal brand and lead true and lasting change – at work and in their lives. She specializes in supporting professional women and emotionally intelligent leaders through her blog InPowerWomen.com, recognized by Forbes as a top 100 women’s blog, and her online coaching community at InPowerCoaching.com.
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