Dawn Costick

Dawn CostickDawn Costick, M.A., PCC, has focused her entire life and career around the central themes of communication, learning, adaptation, and most importantly the idea and experience of interdependence, the feature that binds and/or derails people working to be personally accomplished and professionally successful.

Through a process of focused conversation and modeling, Dawn invites her clients to rediscover their capacity for learning. Further exploration related to contemplative practices, reading and performance-based exercises result in her clients gaining confidence in their ability to think and speak on their feet; to connect and act decisively; take risks; adapt to unexpected issues or circumstances; engage conflict; and essentially develop the competency to build the trust that great conversations and collaborations rely on.

Dawn’s expertise includes working with leaders to identify organizational dynamics that help and/or hinder effective communication across departments and between levels of responsibility. Also, as a thought partner, Dawn offers a process of inquiry where new insights may well emerge; insights that often reframe existing dilemma’s that open the door to new discoveries or point to a need for clarification and the perfecting of existing strategies. These types of adjustments increase the odds for communicating more effectively and efficiently in progressing towards positive outcomes and accomplishments.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Inter-professional Communication Specialist
  • Interpersonal Literacy
  • Cross Cultural Consultant
  • Leader Effectiveness
  • Trusted Advisor and Thought Partner
  • Communication Infrastructure Analysis, Design & Development
  • Problem Identification and Process Consulting
  • Conflict Management & Facilitation
  • Change Architect, Strategist & Messaging


  • Trusted consultant, often acting as thought partner and adviser – helping executives navigate organizational culture; diverse stakeholders; and change with a focus on leveraging core leader and communication competencies related to building key relationships while maintaining personal and professional integrity.
  • Task oriented consultation and Spot coaching for specific time sensitive projects and issues.
  • Known for coaching leaders in transition from one profession to another and/or clients adjusting to a new position and title with an emphasis on aligning personal aspiration and principals to professional development, responsibilities and goals.
  • Accomplished intervention strategist and facilitator in averting the furlough of Executive Director at a high profile company as a result of a lack of communication regarding transition planning and oversight by the newly installed executive board committee.
  • Created a comprehensive framework for analyzing organizational, group and individual synergies; along with accompanying model based on communication & connectivity, looking at the soft-structure, that promotes fluency in the exchange of ideas and information while illustrating a way to support the activity that not only makes an organization profitable, but can also create a sense of positive agency and accomplishment in the people who do the work of the organization.
  • Designed a knowledge and practice based leadership program outlining five competencies – Identity, Thinking, Change, Communication and Presence.
  • Planned and presented seminar on The Cycle of Change: Exploring Individual Response to Planned and Unplanned Changes and Relevant Support.
  • Designed and facilitated workshop exploring cognitive flexibility and the development of empathy.

Selected education & certifications

  • M.A. Intercultural Communications – The McGregor School at Antioch University in conjunction with ICI
  • B.A. World Classics – The McGregor School at Antioch University
  • Professional Certified Coach – New Ventures West Integral Coaching

Dawn’s writings were recognized as a contribution of original scholarship. Through an inductive method of inquiry, Dawn carried out a comparative analysis of two fields of study to explore possible synergies of first and third person research methodologies as a means of addressing the limitations of a strictly empirical approach to unraveling the unpredictable nature and outcomes of people in communication. In conclusion, a more vigorous study of second-person inquiry methods emerged.