What is trauma-informed leadership? 


Trauma-informed leadership is a leadership approach by which the leader acknowledges how their own social and emotional experiences influence the way they interact, communicate, influence and engage anyone who has an interest in the success of themselves, of others and their organization.  A trauma-informed leader understands the importance of assessing, executing, modeling and measuring the  3 ^ 3 The Power of 3  organizational design concepts. 

We are on a collision-course between high levels of trauma and an ill prepared workplace.


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. Employers are essential partners within the trauma-informed system, but are often excluded from these important conversations, leaving most businesses unprepared for the impending trauma-tsunami entering their businesses.


Do you know how to recognize signs of depression or suicide ideation? Do you know how to tell the difference between burnout and depression? Is your organization’s culture causing staff to resist change or even resign? Are you experiencing your own stress responses at work because of your unresolved trauma and attachment disorder? Is your leadership style triggering employee fight, flight, freeze, fawn responses?


Watch Dr. Emerick's TEDxJacksonville Talk. Afterwards, think of the workplace you currently lead or work 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 workplace:

  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 workplace

  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 workplace may need a reset. Click below to schedule your call and we can start the process together. 

What I Specialize In

Trauma-Informed Leadership+ Workplace

Meet Dawn

LinkedIn Learning Instructor

2021 TEDx Jacksonville Speaker

Prosci® Certified Change Management Practitioner

Certified Mental Health First Aid Instructor

Dr. Dawn Emerick is a hurt and recovering executive, a trainer, a coach, a TEDx Jacksonville speaker, and LinkedIn Learning trainer.


There is nothing more powerful than learning from and sharing space with people with lived, learned and recovery experiences, stories of self-awareness, and professional application. Dr. Dawn Emerick continues to do the hard work of detangling and acknowledging the connection between her unresolved childhood trauma with her relationships with her children, family, friends, professional peers, members of her team, and bosses. This journey of becoming more trauma aware and informed has fundamentally changed the way she approaches leadership, strategic planning, change management and workforce engagement.


Dawn is motivated as hell to start a new leadership paradigm today, right now. A paradigm that starts with creating 1M Trauma-Informed Leaders in America by 2031.


What Attendees Are Saying

Bryanna T.

I would definitely suggest this to any and everyone. This was a great course that I think all leaders and or employers should have to become a part of these days ... I will be visiting Ms. Dawns website to find more training on this and I have intentions of somehow asking her what I can do to get the word out and try and help her reach that goal of hers by 2031.  

Kerry D., MD

Crucial topic to address in our current workplace climate. It is refreshing to see that training in trauma-informed leadership is becoming more accessible.

Stacey S., PSPO, CSM, PSM 

Just finished the course “Become a Trauma Informed Leader.” Dawn Emerick's material is remarkably current and relevant, touching upon the aftermath of the global pandemic, the great resignation, and the impacts of ongoing national racial and gender inequality/unrest. Highly recommend.

Brittany G. M.Ed

I was so thankful to have taken this course. I came into this course with decent background knowledge of trauma. I felt that the course was a highly valuable learning experience.
Dawn’s course teaches how to develop and apply trauma informed practices to support the mental health & wellbeing of yourself & others.
I highly recommend it!

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