Diane L. Dixon, EdD

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Diane L. Dixon is a leadership and organization development consultant and educator.  She has over 30 years of experience in the field of human and organizational learning focused on leading and managing change, leadership development, team development, strategic planning, and training and staff development in organizations of all sizes and complexity.   Her most recent consulting work has been in the health care and human services sectors.  Clients have included health care delivery organizations, small and large nonprofit service organizations, associations, academia, and the federal government. Prior to becoming a consultant, Diane was director of human resource development for a health system and previously worked in training and development positions for two Fortune 500 corporations. She has also worked with nonprofit boards on various stages of strategic planning and has served on six boards.  References are available upon request.

Diane is a part-time lecturer at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.  She  taught health care leadership and communications for the Master in Health Services Administration degree program for four years.  Previously, Diane was an adjunct instructor at Johns Hopkins University, where she taught leadership and organizational behavior for the former Business of Medicine Program and business communication for the Carey Business School. She was faculty for an academic partnership with Johns Hopkins University and America’s Health Insurance Plans’ (AHIP’s) former Minority Management Development Program for six years.

Diane holds a Doctorate in Education from the Executive Leadership in Human and Organizational Learning Program at George Washington University (research focus: transformational leadership and hospital chief executives); a Master of Education degree with a concentration in Administration from Loyola University Maryland; and a Bachelor of Arts degree in Sociology with a psychology minor from Howard University.

Her current research is focused on racially/ethnically diverse hospital/health system CEOs’ career trajectory experiences and leadership competencies that led to the C-suite.


Numerous presentations have been given to a wide variety of organizations and groups. Several topics include:

  • Effective Leadership in Complex Change and Transitions
  • Impact of Cultural Diversity in the Global Workplace
  • Embracing Change: New Roles, New Opportunities
  • Discovering Who You Are: Making the Most of Your Career and Life
  • Take Control of Your Professional Development in the Midst of Change
  • Managing Group Dynamics in a Diverse Workplace
  • Leveraging the Unique Challenges: Leaders of Color on the Executive Path
  • Transforming Board Leadership: The Challenge and Opportunity of Inclusion
  • Managing Change and Transitions:  Reorganizations and Downsizing
  • Developing Effective Interdisciplinary Teams