Following my passion is something I have always subconsciously done. For me, it was a natural escape when life hit me hard. I just chose to go to my “happy place.”  To create a new “something,” learn a new skill, or volunteer to help humanity – those are my joys.

In every newly created future, unexpected opportunities became available; my adventurous side took over and I jumped in!  These cycles of re-discovering myself with each new “thing” allowed me to avoid complacency and change course, grow, and build deeper connections with others and myself.  Now I share this learning with you.

As a certified executive coach, I have the expertise to help you look at your problems and issues, to resolve the unanswered questions and help you manage complex challenges. All with humor and grace.

I live my life by these 4 Pillars: Community, Passion, Laughter, and Peace.  Now is the time for you to dive in and Dare to Live Brave, too!  Are you ready I’m looking forward to speaking with you.

I am a life-long learner and have a variety of certificates and degrees. My education is centered around communicating, efficiency, and helping people in different ways: 

  • BA in Communications with a Minor in French – Rider University (lived in Aix-en-Provence)
  • Masters in Legal Studies/Dispute Resolution – Montclair State University
  • Associate Certified Coach (ACC) – International Coaching Federation
  • Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance Certificate – Rutgers University
  • Project Management Professional (PMP)
  • Certified Meeting Professional (CMP)

I love to teach, organize, and have people walk away with practical skills.  I have…

  • Taught at Kean University, Rutgers University, and Stevens Institute on several topics including “How to Read and Dismantle a Contract” and “Negotiations;”
  • Written over a dozen articles that were published in various meeting planning magazines (see articles tab);
  • Delivered multiple “Mastering the Art” series webinars for PMI, Girl Scout Leadership, Rutgers, and the Institute for Dispute Resolution;
  • Created and led customized workshops: How to have Difficult Conversations, Mediation, and Conflict Resolution; 
  • Had the honor of being a speaker at PMXPO 2020 – Mastering the Art of Human-ness in Project Management.

I am a huge believer in giving back. I am lucky to live a life where I can lend a hand in these passions:

  • Girl Scouts Service Unit – Supporting our girls!
  • CASA (court-appointed special advocate) – Making sure kids in foster care have an advocate as they navigate their journey.
  • Court Mediator – Helping people to resolve conflicts through open communication.
  • Treasurer for the local PTA and Girl Scouts – Fiscal responsibility is my HUGE passion. Knowing and having control over your finances is a key to freedom.

– I am a black-belt in MMA (and now training for my 2nd degree) and have an advanced brown belt in Goju Ryu traditional Okinawan style karate.

– I manage and am the bookkeeper for our family-run animal hospital along with my husband.

– I love new cultures and adventure…. and can often be found backpacking around the globe along with my husband, mom, and two children. 

You can reach me directly at dana@DLBcoaching.net or LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/danabernstein 

Contact me if you are ready to Dare to Live Brave!