Dana Asher

Dana Asher

Location: New York, NY


Dana Bilsky Asher, PhD, is a certified executive leadership and team coach, keynote speaker, and facilitator, known for her expertise in improving organizational performance and enhancing the quality of work-life. With a focus on high-growth start-ups, C-suite executives, boards of directors, and rising leaders, Dana's work spans various industries, including professional services, finance, and the nonprofit sector, fostering individual and collective learning and growth.

As the founder of RELATED ExPERIENCE in 2017, Dana helps clients thrive in the face of rising demand and complexity, equipping them to navigate systemic stress effectively. Her proficiency lies in guiding leaders to adapt their interpersonal and communication skills to meet the diverse expectations of an intergenerational, multicultural workforce.

Dana served as a senior leadership advisor for The Obama Foundation, contributing to the development of a values-based global leadership framework. She co-led the implementation of a resilience curriculum for PWC's global partnership and provided training in diverse, equitable, and inclusive leadership for Microsoft's global community of facilitators. As Faculty at Columbia Business School Executive Education and The Google School for Leaders, and previously as Managing Director at Mobius Executive Leadership and The Energy Project, Dana has been instrumental in enabling leaders to perform sustainably and lead transformationally. During her tenure as Practice Manager in Capability for Performance at McKinsey & Company, her leadership teams delivered impactful results at scale.

Dana is currently working on her book titled ""Lead the Nest: The Playbook for Leading Well and Doing Good."" Beyond her professional pursuits, Dana actively contributes to her community, having served on a Police Reform and Reinvention Committee in New York and currently serving on the Board of Directors of the non-profit American Poetry Review/World Poetry.

Niche Areas of Expertise

  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Organizational Development
  • Team Effectiveness
  • Women & Leadership

Industry Experience

  • Financial Services
  • Government
  • High Tech
  • Metals & Mining
  • Pharmaceuticals & Medical Products
  • Private Equity & Principal Investors
  • Professional Services
  • Retail


  • English


  • Northwestern University - PhD, English
  • Grinnell College - BA, English


  • AIIR Team Effectiveness Survey
  • Institute for Psychoanalytic Training and Research (IPTAR) – Certificate, Organizational Coaching and Executive Coaching

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