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    About Ann Dinan

    Dr. Ann Dinan, Ph.D., M.S.S.A., C.P.CWelcome!  I am Dr. Ann Dinan, founder of the Deeper Leadership Institute and an international leadership consultant, ICF-certified coach, facilitator, speaker, and author.  I am active in the emerging field of Peace Leadership, which I define as the nexus of both Positive Peace and Positive Leadership, which has applicability to CSR (Corporate Social Responsibility) mandates, culture change initiatives and a plethora of other applications.  Additionally, I am the co-convener of the Peace Leadership Affinity Group for the ILA (International Leadership Association) and previously on Faculty for the Whole Foods Academy for Conscious Leadership.

    Formerly I was the Head of North American Operations for the Globally Responsible Leadership Initiative (GRLI) and while working with GRLI in this capacity I invited and hosted the former Nobel Laureate and President of Finland, Martti Ahtisaari to keynote for the Business As A World Benefit conference. Discussions with President Ahtisaari helped me to recognize my purpose in life with regard to peace leadership and the wide spanning applicability of this emerging field.

    Currently I am writing several books and book chapters on Peace Leadership and Human Unity for Peace.  I have recently spoken at the Oslo Peace Week, sanctioned by the Nobel Institute.  Additionally, I have consulted for and coached with, major international organizations such as P&G, Great American Insurance, Whole Foods, Avendus (India), to name a few recent clients.  I have also worked with family owned and not for profit business at all levels from emerging leaders to Managing Directors, CEOS, Directors of Marketing and Sales and IT, Physicians, Nurse Leaders, HR leaders, General Managers, Superintendents, and VP levels.

    Additionally, I annually organize conferences and retreats around relevant subject matter around the globe. 

    I am an ICF-Certified Coach who has Certification in the Leadership Circle Products as well as many others, and have completed training in Organizational Relationship and System Coaching and Leadership and Self Deception. I have served as the Vice President of Program Development for The Greater Cincinnati ASTD (American Association of Training and Development), and as a volunteer consultant and coach for the non-profit, ESCC (Executive Service Corps of Cincinnati) and have lived and worked overseas and brings those experiences to her work through cultural competency and expatriate training and coaching.   


    My doctorate degree in social science research was earned from Washington University (St Louis), my master’s degree from Case Western Reserve, and my CPCC coach and leadership training from the Coaches Training Institute.

    You will find my research has appeared in a number of journals and I have presented research findings at numerous international and domestic conferences.  A full cv is available at your request.

    But no one does this work alone and I am grateful to work with a team that has diversity on many levels with work and life experiences, and as well with diverse leadership/coaching assessments and training products. We will partner with the organization to determine what will best suit their needs for sustained results.  In other words, we offer customized products for sustained learning; thus we start where the client is and go from there. We also have esteemed colleagues in India that we partner with depending on the project.

    In terms of our philosophy, we often think of leadership in terms of our official, professional positions. Yet, we at the Deeper Leadership Institute (DLI), maintain that we are all personal leaders: of ourselves, our families, our communities, and our work team. The Deeper Leadership Institute™ is an international organization comprised of global leadership experts who are passionate about creating a unified, caring, compassionate, respectful world using leadership and coaching techniques within organizations and schools that create sustained learning. Our international team is comprised of leadership researchers (Ph.D’s), International Coach Federation (I.C.F.) trained and certified coaches, and global intercultural practitioners who respect the leadership theories and bodies of knowledge that contribute to leadership development. We strive for the cutting edge and thus you will experience not just the latest, but the best and most effective thinking about global leadership development and coaching.



    To that end, we offer leadership consulting, training, educating and coaching in the following broad and more specific areas:


    • Broad Areas of Leadership Development:
    • Leadership Assessment (Individual and Organizational)
    • Holistic Organizational Approach from Hiring, to Onboarding, to Promoting and Retaining
    • One-on-one ICF-trained and/or certified Coaching
    • Leadership Education
    • Comprehensive Leadership Development Programs
    • Comprehensive Leadership Culture Development Programs
    • Specific Areas of Leadership Development:
    • S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) Leadership Programs
    • Conscious Conflict Management
    • Sustainability Efforts
    • Peace Leadership Efforts

    My Inspiration for the Deeper Leadership Institute™

    You have heard the adage that we teach what we need to learn. Not all that many years ago, I was 'playing small' in a toxic personal relationship, staying in a dead-end low paying job, frustrated, stressed, and lacking both personal and positional power. I was beating my head against the proverbial brick wall.

    I started to develop some of the exercises for our proprietary model and as I completed the Personal and Professional Assessments listed earlier on this site, I realized that my own life was completely out of balance! Furthermore, when I completed the core values exercise, I discovered that I was not spending personal or professional time on things that were in line with my core values. In short, I was not walking the talk.

    About a year later, I launched The Personal Leadership Institute designed to enhance an individual’s personal leadership and then about two years after that, I launched the Ubuntu Leadership Institute so the personal leadership work would have a broader context. Ubuntu Leadership provides that context by focusing on humanistic values.

    Then, just when Ubuntu Leadership was catching on, I decided to capture all of our Institutes under one umbrella institute, The Deeper Leadership Institute™. Why? I wanted people to come to one place that had all the valuable exercises, programs, and information that I took years to find. And, I wanted the information to be cutting edge, accessible, customizable, effective, and sustainable.

    Deeper Vision

    The Deeper Purpose:

    I believe each individual is on this earth right now for a very specific purpose–individually and collectively.

    I believe in the concept of Ubuntu such that we see the humanity in ourselves only after we can see the humanity in others.

    I believe that most of us are not fully aware of our potential nor our purpose(s).

    I believe we can effect deep and sustainable change.

    I believe in being of service to others and giving back.

    Our core value is hope.

    Who we are and how we will be with you:

    Open-minded, authentic, heroic/guiding, soul-driven, truthtellers, holistic, intentional, aligned, loving, courageous, and committed to deep change.