Diane L. Dixon, EdD

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Diane L. Dixon is a leadership and organization development educator and consultant. She has more than 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 various sizes and complexity. Her consulting work has been primarily in the healthcare and human services sectors.  Clients have included healthcare 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 at various stages of strategic planning and has served on six boards.  References are available upon request.

Diane is an adjunct lecturer in at the University of Maryland School of Public Health.  She has taught healthcare leadership and communications in the Master in Health  Administration degree program since 2014.  Previously, Diane was an adjunct instructor at Johns Hopkins University, where she taught leadership and organizational behavior in the former Business of Medicine Program and business communication in 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