Hello, I'm Dorian Baroni.

I'm an Executive CoachLeadership Retreats Faculty, and Organizational Advisor. My business experience has spanned a variety of industries - investment banking, global energy, consumer goods and art retail - and a number of countries - UK, US, Venezuela, Italy, Belgium.I joined the business world in 1983 as part of my research into the impact of automation on Wall Street. As a Masters candidate in Cultural Anthropology, I was intrigued by the potential for technology to significantly transform the dynamics of the industry. My working question was whether collaboration, trust and transparency would be enhanced by the advent of information systems in banking. Little did I know at the time that automation would actually have the reverse effect on the industry's culture. And yet because of that early interest I became 'hooked' on a business career, and on discovering what it might take to create a business culture that produces both financial rewards while enhancing the quality of life of employees, communities and customers.

What I focus on - One of my core beliefs is that a leader's individual journey towards wholeness is critical to addressing today's complexity and challenges. My experience shows that the core capacity of high performing teams is their ability to trust each other. Yet building trust across differences is often a low priority. And as a business woman, I am also particularly passionate about the role and power of feminine leadership to support the evolution of global mindsets, social systems and models of economic impact.

How I work - I work with both individuals and organizational teams. I help individuals develop a higher quality of self-awareness, so as to enable courses of action in which the truth of one's individual calling and the power of one's true gifts can more clearly 'show up'. When working with organizations, I look for the patterns in the organizational culture, systems or structures - whether hidden conflicts or self-defeating strategies - which are getting in the way of the creative potential of collective endeavors. Bringing to light such patterns allows for a different level of conversations in which the truth about such 'stuckness' can be seen, voiced and ultimately transformed.

My coaching and consulting business - Through DorianBaroni.Com I work as an independent Coach with a range of individual coaching clients: senior executives in corporations, millennials in their first professional experiences, middle managers who are feeling the strain of competing demands, entrepreneurs who are seeking to enhance their organization's unique cultures, and not-for-profit leaders who are striving for resilience while fulfilling their missions. I also laser coach Executive MBAs at the Yale School of Management. And I work with teams who are interested in achieving Highly Effective Team (HET) outcomes, grounded in trust and mutual respect, and fueled by shared motivation and alignment.

My social impact startup: Women Agents of Change. In late 2016 and early 2017, I took some time off to envision the legacy phase of my work in the area of leadership development and change. I then prototyped and soft launched the concept of a new venture focused on making change mastery knowledge, tools, resources and inspiration deeply accessible to women change agents. The current soft launch, Agents of Change (AOC) offering has leveraged an online change mastery program delivered via videocalls, webinars and through an online members only access platform. In 2018, Women Agents of Change will expand to provide access to video resources, linkages with partner sites, an e-book tentatively titled the 'The big(ish) book of change', conference sessions focused on inspiring women (and men) to equip themselves to make change happen - gracefully, powerfully and unapologetically.

Who I partner with - I also work as a Senior Associate, mainly in the US and in Europe, with a number of consultancies:

Morris Graham - focused on Systemic Change, Executive Coaching and Leadership Masterclasses

Pluribus - focused on Inclusion and Psychological Safety

Harthill - focused on Leadership Development Programs

Hub Consulting Associates - focused on High Potential Leadership Programs

The Eileen Fisher Community Foundation as a Board member and the Eileen Fisher Leadership Institute as a supporter and occasional mentor

The GreenHouse Social Enterprise, an Ethiopian social enterprise accelerator project founded by Beth Negash, as an Advisor.

Why women's leadership figures so prominently on my website - I am deeply committed to women's leadership development. As a successful business woman, I have reaped the rewards of a long and fruitful career without limitations. Yet, it was clear to me from the time that I was a high school pre-engineering math and physics major, that women are still not welcome with open arms in certain fields of study and work, are still paid less than men for equivalent work, and still find themselves having to combat overt or covert discrimination. We all have a role to play in bringing equality of opportunities to men and women. Mine is to support younger women (and more and more, younger men) who may not want to fit into outdated models of success, femininity or masculinity.  So I do my bit and encourage others to consider how they contribute to progress or the status quo.

I mentor women MBAs at my alma mater, the Anderson School at UCLA. Ihost women's leadership retreats. I am a committed supporter of the Eileen Fisher Learning Institute's summer program for young women. I invite men and women to consider the impact of unconscious gender bias in our day to day working environments and cultures. And between 2007 and 2015, I took a leadership role in the global expansion of the CIYO (Coming Into Your Own), a leadership retreat program for women.During that time period, I focused on the expansion of the network of faculty and alumnae, and its associated programs. I expanded the design of the core retreat offering to reach women in corporate settings, all the while enhancing the CIYO's reach as an affordable public offering.And as of 2017,I am the founder of a social impact startup: Women Agents of Change.

Location - I work with many of my clients virtually leveraging teleconferencing and Zoom videoconferencing. My current home base is in the Southwest of the US where I moved to be closer to parents, while I spend a significant portion of my working time in New York and Los Angeles, as well as in Europe (mainly in London and Rome).

Education, Certifications and Languages
MBA - Anderson School of Management at UCLA
BA Cultural Anthropology - College of William and Mary in Virginia
Coaching Certification foundations: Dialogos and Columbia University                                   Assessments certifications: Fascination Profile,MBTI, FIRO-B, TKI, Harthill LDF, Business Model You

Bilingual in Italian and English, with fluent working understanding of French and basic comprehension of Spanish.