By mastering yourself in relation–
Developmental coaching, organizational culture consulting, and team facilitation with Dara Blumenthal, PhD.
Dara is an interdisciplinary coach, facilitator, and consultant who is committed to to presence-based work. She believes the key to living a richer, more deeply meaningful life, lies in how we relate to ourselves and each other every day. This means each day is full of moments that we can leverage to make ourselves anew.
In her approach to working with individuals and teams, Dara draws on her experience as a sociologist, cultural theorist, scholar of identity and embodiment, educator, body-awareness practitioner, Usui Reiki Master, meditator, and organization designer and workplace strategist.
Dara's academic research focuses on fear, anxiety, shame, and embarrassment, as well as, sameness and difference as lived through embodied self-identity in relation to others. Her doctoral research is published as a book and informs her unique coaching methodology.
Some of the teams Dara has been fortunate enough to work with are inside GE Crotonville Management Training Center and GE University Leadership Program, NBC Universal, Sephora, American Express, VaynerMedia, and PepsiCo. In 2018 Dara is serving as a panel member for the National Science Foundation Small Business Innovation Research Program.
Dara holds a PhD in Sociology, an MA in Critical Theory, and a BA in Sound and Embodiment. She is currently completing her 9-month certification as an Integral Facilitator with Ten Directions.
Dara recently moved to the Bay Area from Brooklyn with her lovely partner.
"Dara is a calming force of kindness, empathy and understanding. She leads by listening and genuinely hearing you out before adding her intellect to the discussion. During this past year of working with her, I've learned so much about how to lead in your feminine power. How to be more mindful and practiced. How to revel in the ups and downs. Dara encourages you to be your best self while constantly learning and growing her own skill set. I believe the future is female, and Dara is one sister who will help guide that culture transformation. Thank you for your strength."
"Working with Dara was a joy. She's open and engaged, she's passionate and bright. She brought out the best in me (and my team) through her belief in our potential. She's a wonderful human who makes it effortless to move beyond the typical constraints of client relationships. She is the future of work."
"Two words immediately come to mind when I consider what it's like working alongside Dara... brilliant and kind. These two attributes are inextricably linked within Dara's personality. The complexity and breadth of what she's capable of handling is unlike anything I've encountered in my 20+ years leading teams. She is highly capable of solving multi-dimensional problems and she becomes more engaged and alive in the face of obstacles. Her ability to listen with an open heart/mind and truly understand people allows for genuine trust to be built and breakthrough ideas emerge, almost naturally, in the presence of her leadership."
"What can be said about Dara but that's she one of a kind? One of the most earnest, sharp, studied, empathetic, and wise colleagues I've ever known. Her writing is fantastic. Her comfort and steady hand with clients is sought after. Her partnership is intense, playful, and joyful. You need Dara. So many cultures do."
Dara sits down (and walks around) with Joseph White, Director of Workplace Strategy, Design, and Management at Herman Miller. They discuss everything from the corruption of the cubicle to what people need and want in their workplaces today. Here are some highlights of their conversation.
Dara sits down with Culture Amp's VP of People and Experience, Julie Rogers to talk all things People Ops: from how the function is evolving to what the world is in need of. Here are some highlights of their conversation.
Dara is currently growing her practice and is available for coaching, consulting, and facilitation. If you would like to schedule a 20-minute consultation with her please click the button below. If you would like to connect by email please use the form below.