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Our Mission

We build resilient leaders, teams and companies grounded in emotional and EDI intelligence.

Our Vision

We envision strong and diverse leaders building inclusive and impactful teams, engaged companies and equitable, just communities (where everyone belongs).

Our Values

-Lifelong Learning
-Intentional Listening
-Collaborative Impact
-Measurable Results

Our Story

Resilient Leaders emerged from years of leadership keynotes, coaching and trainings that led back to the importance of emotional and EDI intelligence as the keys to strong leaders and strong teams.  We found that keynotes, trainings and even coaching too often got “left at the door” due to work environments that lacked a broader understanding of differences, shared language for conflict resolution, safe training environments and a commitment to an engaged workforce.  From board rooms and C Suites to teams at every level, Resilient Leaders provides the complex skills development and learning tools to create measurable, positive change.

Our Team

Dr. Allison Jackson-Dyer

Allison Jackson-Dyer, Ph.D., is the Chief Executive Officer of Resilient Leaders, LLC.

Allison has led complex teams in companies large and small for more than 20 years. Allison is a thought leader, keynote speaker, trainer and coach to leaders at every level of companies committed to building stronger teams and more impactful results. She delivers results through a better understanding of trauma, emotional intelligence, conflict resolution, cultural differences, mindfulness and the importance of vulnerability in authentic leadership.

At the height of her career, she served as National Vice President of Clinical Operations for an international healthcare organization and as a National Trauma-Informed Care thought leader with the National Council of Behavioral HealthCare leading 17 national teams through the Council’s Trauma- Informed Learning Collaborative.

Allison has recently expanded her portfolio of services to reach beyond traditional human service and educational organizations, to now include corporate, tech and engineering oriented cultures committed to enhanced diversity, inclusion, equity and belonging.

As a Certified Dare to Lead™ Facilitator as well as the lead content developer for Resilient Leaders own curriculums and simulation practices, Allison is committed to co-creating even more opportunities with organizations and leaders invested in increasing empathy and self-compassion in their workplace culture which translates into greater well-being and connectedness within society as a whole.

Bob Dendy

Bob has been leading healthcare, human services and financial institutions for more than 40 years. As a collaborative CEO, he invested in leadership, talent development, board development, employee engagement and building resilience into diverse and inclusive teams. He has led several acquisitions and the resulting integration of people and cultures. Bob has also served on boards and advisory boards channeling his passions for leadership, entrepreneurship, business development, EDI and at-risk populations.

Donise Farmer

Donise Farmer has over 16 years of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion(DEI) experience. As a healthy disruptor and thought leader, she serves as Director of DEI of and uses her expertise in multiple capacities through training, facilitation, presentation, coaching and feedback. Donise is also the owner of a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Consulting company. Her sought-after voice, questions, and actions inspire others to think differently, see views from various perspectives, and lean into uncomfortable conversations. She has used her dynamic voice as an instrument of good and of positive impact. She can be seen and heard on multiple stages, panels, and podcasts, speaking about the importance of DEI. Her goal is simple; she’s dedicated to creating environments where everyone is deserving of having a great place to work, having a great place to live, giving back to their communities, while being their true and bona fide selves. To learn more or contact Donise:

Cameron Howe

Since she was young, Cameron’s motto has been “You only think you’re smart because it’s the smartest you’ve ever been.” As a lifelong learner and self-advocate through adversity, Cameron has worked diligently for over a decade to help others and strengthen communities. Cameron’s experience includes working with at-risk populations and children with mental health needs, advocacy in the non-profit and community sector, and business management in the private sector.

In addition to her work with Resilient Leaders, Cameron works as project manager for the non-profit, HumanKind and serves as the Vice President of the Board of Directors for the Greater Lynchburg Transit Company. She is a registered qualified mental health professional who received a Bachelor of Science with a double major in psychology and philosophy from the University of Lynchburg. Cameron received her Master of Science through the University of Maryland School of Pharmacy as part of the first graduate class in the nation to study medical cannabis science and therapeutics. She graduated in the top of her class and received membership in the honor societies of Phi Kappa Phi and Rho Chi.

Cameron’s expertise in mental health (autism, ADHD, mood disorders, substance abuse, and trauma), diversity, equity, public speaking, collaboration, resilience, and leadership have allowed her the opportunity to transform hearts and minds for the better. Her inquisitive nature prompts open conversations (even when uncomfortable), heightens compassion, and furthers engaging outcomes that we all play a role in achieving.