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Dawn E. Christian is the CEO and Founder of Belong by Dawn Christian®, a leadership consultancy founded on the principles of Belonging as the core foundation of Inclusion, Diversity, Accountability, and Social Impact (IDEAS) practices.  Belong by Dawn Christian is changing the conversation and the focus.   Here, we are Claiming + Creating© Belonging. We believe Belonging is the critical foundational skill senior-level executives need to bring more humanity to their practice and organization.  Belong by Dawn Christian navigates executive leaders to and through their Belonging + IDEAS practice by coaching them to uncover their values and leverage their unique ethos. Dawn is an expert at leading Belonging + IDEAS initiatives through counseling executive leaders/teams, leveraging her proprietary framework of Ethos-Driven Leadership© principles, creating organizational culture strategies, and integrating industry best practices.  She and her team empower professionals from all backgrounds to be active Belonging + IDEAS practitioners as they Claim + Create© spaces for authenticity. Belong By Dawn Christian is introducing a new era of leadership.


Dawn is a sought-after speaker, IDAS advisor, Coach, and podcast contributor.  She is a Fellow at the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School, holds an MBA from Cornell University, a  BA in Sociology from The University of California at Berkeley, and a Diversity & Inclusion Leadership certificate from Cornell University’s International Labor Relations School. She is a Bowman Foundation-certified Mental Health and Wellness practitioner and a fellow at the Institute of Coaching at McLean Hospital, Harvard Medical School.  Her board appointments and civic and community memberships have included The Insights Association and IDEAS Council Board of Directors.  She is the President-Elect of The PRSA Board of Trustees.  She is a founding member of information and The Gathering Spot DC, a member of Chief, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and a legacy member of Ellevate, Forte Foundation, INROADS, and Management Leader for Tomorrow.  Dawn graduated from The Shine Hard Legacy Accelerator program and The McKinsey Black Executive Leadership Program.

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Inspired by two decades of corporate experience—often being the “only one in the room”—her methodology is anchored on a simple concept: I belong where I am. As I am… This is her personal mantra which also serves as the charter for the birth of the company namesake.

Claiming + Creating Spaces to BELONG is meant to both inspire and empower members of marginalized groups to evade the grasp of “the imposter syndrome” while invoking a sense of urgency and inclusivity. At the same time, the motto is meant to be a conversation starter poised to ignite a visceral discussion that will evoke storytelling. Dawn believes that sharing your personal story creates human connections that eventually build trust across margins, identities, and backgrounds. She believes that every story embodies the gift of a lesson. Ultimately, her mission is to drive the idea that everyone belongs right where they are... As they are. Claiming + Creating Spaces to BELONG is both a statement and a cause for inspiration and action. 

We Claim + Create spaces to belong through our flagship Belonging Conference and our new executive leadership summit, Belonging Camp (aka BeCamp). BeCamp: An Authentic Ethos Experience for Executive Leaders will debut in Fall 2024. 


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