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Meet Dana

After nearly a decade of Fortune 500 corporate experience in project management and business strategy consulting, in 2003 Dana Brownlee founded Professionalism Matters, an Atlanta-based corporate training company. An energetic and innovative speaker and trainer, Dana has thrilled audiences with speaking events across the U.S. and globally providing blunt, transformational, no-nonsense advice on topics ranging from how to lead effective teams and speak truth to power to tactics for building antiracist workplaces.

An acclaimed project management thought leader, Dana has presented at Project Management Institute conferences in Berlin, Marseilles, Milan, San Jose and throughout the U.S. An avid workplace antiracism advocate, she blends nearly two decades of experience as a sought after leadership expert and team building facilitator with even more personal experience as a Black woman working in and around corporate America to provide an engaging experience that’s down to earth and relatable while insightful and profound.

Author of The Unwritten Rules of Managing Up (Berrett-Koehler, 2019), Ms. Brownlee is an acclaimed thought leader around managing difficult senior level personalities to positively impact organizational outcomes. Author of multiple LinkedIn Learning courses, her business expertise has been featured by CNN, Forbes, The Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Fast Company, Working Mother, Entrepreneur and other notable publications. She holds a BSIE, BS (mathematics), MBA and PMP. If you’re ready to take small steps towards big progress, Dana can help.

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Partial Client List

  • AGL Resources
  • Alabama Power Company
  • American Family Insurance
  • Amerigroup of Georgia
  • Anthem
  • Association of Utility Professionals
  • Atlanta Technical College
  • Bryan Cave, LLP
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Diversified Business Communications
  • Environmental Protection Agency
  • Emory Goizueta Business School Evening MBA Program
  • Emory Professional Learning Program
  • Future Foundation
  • Georgia Society of CPAs
  • Georgia Power Company
  • Gulf Power Company
  • Hemophilia of Georgia
  • Hudson Valley Hospital
  • Innovative Risk, Inc.
  • International Association of Administrative Professionals
  • Learning Tree International
  • Medscape
  • Metlife Insurance
  • Mississippi Power Company
  • Newell Rubbermaid
  • OCI Chemical Corporation
  • PMI East Tennessee Chapter
  • PMI Midlands Chapter
  • Society of Government Meeting Professionals
  • Southern Company
  • Southface Energy Institute