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Community of Practice 
Trauma-Informed Leadership and Workplace


  • Domain #1: Getting Leadership Buy-In

  • Domain #2: Providing Trauma-Informed Support to Ourselves, to Each Other, and to Our Teams

  • Domain #3: Trauma-Informed Change Management

  • Domain #4: Employee Engagement and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion

Creating 1Million Trauma-Informed Leaders by 2031 and changing the way we lead cannot happen unless leaders, organizations, and systems learn from each other’s successes and failures and commit to changing the leadership paradigm. This requires a platform for asking and answering tough and necessary questions such as: "How do I balance meeting corporate output goals and creating an emotionally safe working environment at the same time?" " My company is afraid of the word trauma, should I use something else? "


Using her Trauma-Informed Leadership & Workplace National Standards as a foundation to change, Dr. Dawn Emerick is expanding her campaign to create 1M trauma-informed leaders by 2031 by launching a global Community of Practice. This forum will give leaders a space to discuss barriers, share results, cultivate new ideas, and support each other's leadership journey.


  • It connects people. Communities of Practice convene change agents across sectors, disciplines, and geographies to connect, share ideas and results, and learn from each other. Communities may work together in-person and virtually.

  • It sets goals and measures collective progress. These communities align participants around common goals, metrics (ways of measuring achievement), theories of change, and areas of practice.

  • It enables shared learning. Communities share learning from both successful and unsuccessful experiences to deepen collective knowledge.

  • It supports distributed leadership. The scope of a learning community allows it to offer a wide range of leadership roles and skill-building opportunities.

  • It accelerates progress toward impact at scale. These communities facilitate fast-cycle learning, measure results to understand what works for whom, and bring together the key stakeholders who can achieve systems-level change.


A community of practice is a term created in 1993 by cognitive anthropologists Etienne Wenger and Jean Lave.They define a community of practice as: “A group of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they interact regularly.

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