Give Dr. Emerick a work culture that is imperfect and she'll show you an advancing organization with loyal and inspired teams [and customers] who embrace, adopt and utilize change in their day-to-day work. She delivers trauma-informed change management and Change Ambassador training to small and medium-sized, public and private organizations. Dr. Emerick is a straight shooter, a truth teller and can help you address some of the uncertainty, disruption and trauma so many of us and our organizations are experiencing right now. 

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. She is former non-profit CEO and county/city government executive who has successfully planned, managed and executed several enterprise-wide, complex organizational restructuring efforts using organizational design and change management theory, employee engagement, and qualitative and quantitative data collection and analysis. Her leadership and change management approach have produced [sustained] increases in employee morale by up to 10% and company revenue by 17%.

Her evidence-based, Trauma-Informed 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


Dr. Emerick is the host of Leadership Uncensored podcast, a national speaker on organizational design and change management, and a proven transformational leader who will work in partnership with you and your team to find innovative solutions to problems, placing people at the center of the process.

Originally from the DC / Maryland metropolitan area, she graduated from Frostburg State University with a degree in Health Education. Dawn is a two-time alumnus of the University of North Florida where she received her Masters in Public Administration and her Doctor of Education Leadership. In 2018, she was accepted into the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health’s Population Health Management graduate program. Dr. Emerick became a Prosci® Certified Change Management Practitioner in February of 2021.

Dawn is a member of the Association of Change Management Professionals, Association of Consultants for Non-Profits, International City/County Managers Association and Engaging Local Government Leaders.