AUTHOR. CHANGE AGENT.
Dr. Dallas Dance is on a mission to help non-profits, corporations, and organizations, especially schools and colleges, inspire and impact their most valuable asset: Current and emerging leaders. As an executive and former superintendent of Baltimore County Public Schools, he has an over 15- year background in Talent and Leadership Development, Organizational Improvement, and Strategic Planning and Advising. He uses his expertise to pioneer equity-centered shifts and positively impact organizational culture. Outside of speaking, Dr. Dance is also the Managing Partner of Infinite Solutions Enterprises, a professional services consulting practices that assists clients in accomplishing their biggest goals and solving their toughest challenges through people and strategy.
LESSONS ON FEAR, FAILURE & THE PITFALLS OF PERFECTION
In this transparent, compelling memoir, a young, highly-successful black man reflects on the life he built for himself over the years, only to reach the middle of his life and realize it wasn’t a life he wanted. All his life, he’d followed the rules, excelled at all he touched, made historical strides in school andcareer, and gave every bit of himself to please others and be seen as “perfect.” It was a pressure-filled life that left little room for error or enjoyment. He succeeded in manufacturing a you-niverse, of which him being perfect was the center. In his mind, everything revolved around him being perfect, and without himbeing seen as perfect, the world would fall apart.
Carrying the weight of this responsibility on his shoulders was something he did with pride – that is, until he finally began to crumble under the weight of it. After a lifetime of painstakingly building his you-niverse, it seemingly imploded in an instant, forcing him into a period of profound self-reflection and a critical re-evaluation of what mattered most in life.
Written specifically as a letter to his own son and universally to every young person and aspiring leader, this memoir is a compilation of thoughts, lessons, entertaining stories, cautionary tales, and warnings about how to build a life centered on passion, purpose, and authenticity – a you-niverse to relishrather than one to regret.
DR. DANCE EXPLAINS . . .
Dr. Dance is available for workshops, keynotes, half-day training, and full-day onsite intensives.
HIS SIGNATURE PRESENTATIONS INCLUDE :
OWNING, EMBRACING, AND TELLING YOUR STORY
Presentations are designed for local, national, and international audiences. The lesson taught is to embrace and learn from your failures. Key points include overcoming obstacles, owning your mistakes, redemption, walking in humility, and boldly crafting your story to inspire others. This is a message about falling and rising and encouraging others that there is quality life after redemption and furthermore, there is power in telling your story and using your life experiences both positive and negative to uplift others.
LEADING FOR CHANGE
THE GIFT AND BRILLIANCE OF ENTREPRENEURSHIP
Presentations are designed for local, national, and international audiences. With over 50% of new businesses failing each year this presentation is crafted to inspire, reenergize, and leave savvy entrepreneurial spirit audiences with the tools they need to not just survive but thrive and have great success. Key points include business planning, perseverance, strategic financial planning, and strategic leadership. The end goal is to remind entrepreneurs why they chose their passion and who is depending on their success. This encouraging and educational message also reminds current and aspiring entrepreneurs that they are more than capable of achieving their goals and highlights the tools and networks that are available to bring their vision into fruition.
Calling all leaders! Presentations are designed for local, national, and international audiences that are comprised of business owners, executives, and decision makers. The objective is identifying efficient and successful leadership styles and types. There is an emphasis placed on understanding and implementing equity within your organization. Other key points include: strategic leadership, investing in talent and building a strong talent pipeline, being a visionary, cultivating positive and conducive work cultures, servitude, and humility.
HOW TO LEAD OURSELVES THROUGH THE POWER OF RESILIENCE
Let’s be honest! The toughest person we will ever lead is our self. And, very few of us know how to do that to the same degree and level of fidelity that we lead others. Bad stuff happens because there is no perfect person and therefore no perfect leader. However, the leaders who do the best job leading themselves understand that through the power of resilience, anything and everything is possible. This is a message about how we all have the strength to persevere and always rise above.
EDUCATION AND EQUITY
Presentations are designed for local and national audiences of students, educators, administrators, and parents. This presentation proposes challenging questions and offers thoughtful solutions that impact all students’ well being and chance of success both now and in the future. Key points include equity, prison reform and the school to prison pipeline, leadership, parental involvement, and the path to higher education. Leaders, decision makers, and all who support quality education will walk away knowing how to better advocate for the equity and enrichment of all students.
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Motivating teams and audiences of all sizes to develop and grow leaders, advocate for the issues that impact our future, seek and implement equity, reach their professional desires, and understand the ability and tools needed to reach their full potential. Audiences have included but are not limited to:
• Business executives
• Small business owners
• Leaders/decision makers
Presentations have been conducted at the international, national, state, and local levels at conferences, workshops, and in-services on various custom topics around, Leadership, Equity & Access, Education, Culture and Climate, Strategy, and Diversity. Many topics are welcomed but the keynote messages that are the most requested are:
• Diversity in the workplace
• Work life integration
• Educational topics
• Goal setting and reaching
• Professionalism and career advancement
• Talent and retention
• Work culture
• Overcoming failures
• Minority support
Any presentation that is needed for a specific audience to inform, inspire, and engage them on various topics can be uniquely created to serve any occasion. Download Dr. Dallas Dance's one sheet for more details.
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