Trauma-Informed Leadership

America is on a collision course between high levels of anxiety and the continued practice of authoritative styles of leadership. Leading dynamic organizations is already difficult. It's even harder to be productive when navigating through the effects of the personal trauma we all bring into the workplace.


Think of the organization you currently lead or worked for. Review the questions below to assess how trauma-informed your organization is. Make a mental note each time you answer yes to the following six questions.


Is this organization:

  1. Emotionally safe?

  2. Transparent about major decisions?

  3. Collaborative with staff at all levels?

  4. Cognizant of the impacts of racial trauma, discrimination, and culture impact experiences at work?

Does this organization

  1. Acknowledge and give space to staff’s trauma?

  2. Ensure staff have a voice within the organization?

If you answered yes to three or fewer of these questions, your business may need a reset. Click below to schedule your call and we can start the process together. 


What I Specialize In

Meet Dawn

2021 TEDx Jacksonville Speaker

Prosci® Certified Change Management Practitioner

Certified Mental Health First Aid

Dr. Dawn Emerick is a speaker, trainer and coach and now add a TEDx Jacksonville speaker to her portfolio. Over a span of 25 years, she crafted her leadership, organizational development and engagement skills at various private, government, and non-profit organizations in Florida, Minnesota, Washington, Oregon and Texas.

Her evidence-based, Trauma-Informed Leadership & Change Management framework has attracted interest from human resource professionals, trauma-informed training organizations, change management associations, consultants, and national conferences all across the United States.


Client and Partner List

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“Dawn is a strong leader who is innovative and strategic in the work she does. She is intentional with her decisions and works to move programs/systems forward rather than allowing the “this is how we have always done it” mentality to persist. She has very strong leadership skills that allow for others around her to be better leaders. She is fearless in her leadership and drives other around her to also be so.”

- Dannielle Brown

Behavioral Health Deputy Director, Benton County Health Department

“Dawn is a shining star; a source of inspiration and a fountain of innovation... Dawn brings dynamic energy to her work and her leadership approach. Her internal compass points towards lifting people up. She is willing and capable of navigating even the biggest lifts - from government reform, to creating healthy communities through outreach and collaboration, and still consistently making time to lift her team and its individual members. Working with Dawn is always exciting and inspiring. She aims to make a difference and she hits the target.”

- Jose Zayas


“Dr. Emerick is an innovative leader who works tirelessly to make teams and situations better. On a professional level, she is a critical thinker and thorough, and on a personal level she is thoughtful, kind and loyal. I know Dr. Emerick will be a great addition to any team she is a part of in the future.”

- Paul Jimenez

Chief of Staff at San Antonio City Council, District 10

What My Colleagues Say