Speaking and Training

Keynote speaker and executive trainer Dana Brownlee has helped audiences and organizations around the world reach new levels of performance. She thrills audiences with an intoxicating blend of practical, insightful advice, relatable stories, and engaging humor.  She speaks on a variety of topics that support professional development as well as personal enrichment. Her diverse client list includes: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Environmental Protection Agency, Emory Professional Learning Program, Learning Tree International, OCI Chemical Corporation, Southern Company, Southface Energy Institute, and many others. View a more extensive client list here.

Facilitation Skills Training

Three Leadership Styles

Sample Presentation Topics

Please note that this is a sample topic listing only. If you have specific topic interests not reflected below, please contact us to discuss additional options.

The Unwritten Rules of Managing Up: Surviving the “Difficult Boss”…and Thriving

A key to success for virtually everyone in the workplace is adopting a “managing up” mentality that focuses on how each of us can help our bosses (and other senior leaders) be successful – even if they’re not the “perfect boss”. This presentation defines “managing up” – what it is/isn’t, then explores proven techniques for managing up with a few common varieties of the “difficult boss”: The Tornado, The Clueless Chameleon, The Wishful Thinker, and The Micromanager

Antiracism 101: Demystifying Terms and Concepts for Improved Collective Understanding

One of the biggest challenges with addressing race is the misconceptions about terms and key concepts. Clarifying these terms and issues is a critical first step for anyone seeking to learn more about what it means to be “antiracist”. In this session we’ll define key terms, distinguish confusing concepts and answer common questions.

Secrets of The Thoroughbred Leader

Most of us can dramatically improve our leadership abilities and become the leaders that teams love by rebalancing our task/relationship focus. This presentation explains why the “Thoroughbred Leader” is not only respected but embraced. We will share characteristics that define the “Thoroughbred Leader” and explain how their approach differs from other leadership styles.

Facilitation Skills For Those Tricky Meeting Situations

If you’re often flustered by difficult personalities in your meetings and not quite sure how to manage them effectively, this presentation is for YOU! Using these tips and techniques, you will not only benefit through increased productivity but also enhance your credibility with your team. Whether you are new to the workforce or a seasoned executive, these are the facilitation secrets you need to know!

No More Slackers! Building a Culture of Accountability in Your Organization

This presentation explores the accountability dilemma and provides specific facilitation techniques that you can use to foster a culture of accountability within your team. Don’t let slackers drag down the productivity of your team. Learn some effective techniques to easily address that behavior and begin using them immediately!

10 Ways to Promote Racial Justice in the Workplace

Many employees throughout the organizational hierarchy want to move beyond book clubs to start taking real action to combat racism in the workplace, and this presentation provides ten ways they can do just that! We’ll explore difficult questions that organizations and individuals should confront to determine how they can do more to advance anti-racism.

Embracing Change with Confidence

Explore key mistakes that many leaders make when faced with leading change and learn key components of a change management plan and tips for leading staff through a change more effectively. Managing change can be a lifelong challenge – learn simple techniques to help you begin to embrace change in your daily life.

Tactics for Courageous Workplace Conversations About Race

While courageous conversations about race may be necessary for organizational progress, they’re not always easy. There may be times when we feel the need to address offensive comments, unjust policies or questionable practices, but we just don’t know how to do it. We’ll explore eight specific techniques that anyone can use to address these uncomfortable situations with clarity and focus.

Mompreneurship: The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly

For many moms entrepreneurship sounds perfect – trading the corporate jungle or the stay at home grind for a utopian balance of pilates in the morning and business calls in the afternoon (promptly ending at 3 to make carpool). But, the truth is that the reality often comes with twists and turns and more than a few lessons learned. We’ll explore the good, the bad, and the ugly of entrepreneurship based on Dana’s personal experience.

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GREAT Clients Dana’s Worked With

Environmental Protection Agency
Centers for Disease Control
Emory University
AGL Resources
Newell Brands
Georgia Power

Sample Speaking Events

  • PMI Virtual Experience Series | Virtual 9.9.20
  • NYSERNET Conference Keynote | Syracuse, NY 10.3.19
  • Association of Interior Designers Conference | Atlanta, GA 7.18.19
  • ATD 2019 International Conference & Exposition | Washington, D.C. 05.19.19
  • Jr. League of Atlanta Women’s Leadership Forum | Atlanta, GA 4.26.19
  • PMI Palmetto Conference Keynote | Greenville, SC 3.12.19
  • BambooHR Virtual Summit | 11.08.18
  • PMI Global Congress EMEA 2018 | Berlin, Germany 05.08.18
  • International Association of Business Communicators World Conference | Washington, DC 06.14.17
  • Association for Talent Development 2017 Exposition | Atlanta, Georgia 05.23.17
  • ProjectSummit*BA World | New York, New York 12.06.16
  • The Advantage Conference | Las Vegas, Nevada 10.20.14
  • Home Depot Women’s Leadership Conference Atlanta, Georgia 04.05.13
  • American Family Business Accelerator Webinar | Atlanta, Georgia 10.08.13
  • PMI Global Congress EMEA | Marseilles, France 05.08.12
  • PMI Global Congress EMEA | Milan, Italy 05.11.10
  • Central America/Caribbean PM Congress | San Jose, Costa Rica 09.23.10

In addition to the speaking topics listed above, we offer customized training workshops on a variety of topics.

Broad topic areas include the following:

  • Leadership Skills
  • Meeting Facilitation
  • Communications Best Practices
  • Project Management
  • Building Effective Teams
  • Individual Productivity

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Thank you for your interest in our presentations. To request Dana Brownlee for a speaking or training event, please email us at info@professionalismmatters.com.

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