Christopher S. Dawson, Ph.D


Chris Dawson is President of Dawson Consulting Group, a management consulting firm based in Silicon Valley, California. The firm builds client capabilities in three practice areas: Strategy, Culture and Leadership. Dr. Dawson has 25 years as trusted advisor to C-suite executives and Boards of Directors, aimed at improving business performance to create shareholder value.

Areas of Expertise

Dr. Dawson has subject matter expertise, numerous tools and methods in strategy implementation, talent management, organization design, culture change, and executive effectiveness. His book Leading Culture Change: What Every CEO Needs to Know was published by Stanford University Press in May 2010, and he is a frequent speaker and author in the organizational effectiveness area. The new book is a practical handbook for senior executives, HR and organizational effectiveness consultants and graduate students who aspire to be CEO's. It contains numerous case examples, practical tools and a framework for leaders to successfully change their culture in the service of value creation. His educational background - first as clinical psychologist working with families and then MBA in strategy and culture - provide a unique blend of capabilities in people and business.

Much of his work has been with technology firms in Silicon Valley, helping executive leadership teams shape and change their organizational culture through focus on strategy alignment and modeling of authentic behaviors. He also has extensive experience in optimizing the interface between family dynamics and the Family-run Business, creating culture change and optimizing IT capability in Healthcare, in Financial Services and Professional Services firms.


Colleagues




Rebecca Turner, Ph.D.


Rebecca Turner is a talent professional and consultant to organizations, drawing upon 30 years of diverse professional experience in consulting, teaching, administration, and as a principal investigator in scientific research. As a consultant to businesses and other organizations, Rebecca works with individuals and groups to enhance leadership effectiveness and conducts assessments that inform their decision-making and planning. She provides coaching to organizational leaders in areas that draw upon knowledge in the social and organization sciences, including developing stronger working relationships with business partners, navigating transitions and change, managing conflicts, and facilitating change for strategic organizational initiatives. Consulting with executives and professionals in both small and large (Fortune 100) companies, and other non-profit and government organizations, her clients include individuals and teams in technology, medicine, healthcare, architecture and design, law, professional services, manufacturing, and academia. Rebecca holds a Ph.D. in psychology from The George Washington University.


Victoria Hendrickson


Victoria has a background in human resources, executive search and organizational development. She works with mission driven organizations to drive change in order to best serve their constituencies. Currently, Victoria manages the Human Resource function at Berkeley Food and Housing Project, where she supports the development of social service leaders working to ease and end the crisis of homelessness. Victoria also works as a consultant with OrgVitality, specializing in quantitative survey analysis and interpretation for non-profit, non-government, and revenue driven organizations. Other recent consulting engagements include implementation of a new Performance Management system at Stanford University, culture assessment of a recently acquired digital ad agency, and development of a customized leadership competency model. Victoria has conducted and presented research on decision-making in organizations and organizational ambidexterity. Her current research includes organizational survey methodology, workplace gossip and competencies of ambidextrous leaders. Victoria completed her BS in Social Psychology at Saint Mary's College of California in Moraga, has completed her Master's, and is currently pursuing a Ph.D. in Organizational Psychology at California School of Professional Psychology in San Francisco.


Ryan Dawson


Ryan Dawson is a consultant with Dawson Consulting Group. He has a background in psychology, education, film and entrepreneurship. He is a graduate of UCLA (BS Psychology 2005) and currently enrolled in the MS Organizational Development program at University of San Francisco - (expected graduation 2016)

Ryan founded (in 2007) and continues to run a successful tutoring and student coaching business (ryandawsontutoring.com), where he acts as an academic coach and has helped many students gain admission to top universities. He also teaches a class in public speaking at Stanford University and Crystal Springs Uplands School in the Bay Area.

His organizational interests are in leadership, executive coaching and organizational culture. He has written several movie scripts, assisted in the direction and production of short films, and has a passionate interest in all things Shakespeare.