Dana Smith

Dana M. Smith MS

C-Suite Advisory | Executive Presence

Location: Annapolis, MD
Language: English, Spanish

Named one of Maryland’s Top 100 Women by The Daily Record for her professional achievement, community leadership, and mentoring, Dana understands the importance of performance and perseverance. Throughout a diversified career, she has partnered with others to create significant organizational value and build exceptional cultures. Dana has developed Board members and executives to manage change, improve performance, and increase profitability. She has coached hundreds of professionals who are flourishing in their roles and impacting organizations and communities today.

Dana’s extensive corporate experience and empathy provide her with multiple lenses to appreciate and support her clients’ aspirations. She helps leaders sharpen their own resilience and agility by bringing her deep listening skills and rich business background to the coaching relationship. Dana has seen companies from the perspective of operating businesses and private equity/venture capital as well as throughout full economic cycles. She has also acquired new businesses, liquidated a company, and sold two publicly traded organizations in back-to-back transactions (a strategic deal and an asset acquisition).

Since 2006, Dana has led HR and other functions for publicly traded companies (CapitalSource, American Capital, and Hannon Armstrong), focusing on advancing culture, strategy, and organizational development. Additionally, she led human resources at subsidiaries of Constellation Energy and Sylvan Learning Systems and worked in various positions domestically and overseas for Citicorp earlier in her career.

As a member of its Executive Committee and Chair of its Nominating and Governance Committee, Dana is currently serving her third term on the Board of Directors of The Y in Central Maryland, a mission-driven, charitable organization dedicated to developing the full potential of every individual through programs that build healthy spirit, mind, and body for all. Dana is also an Advisory Board Member for Via Group Partners, a preeminent leadership advisory firm. Furthermore, she recently led a Board Development project for theatreWashington

Dana holds a Master of Science in Organizational Counseling from Johns Hopkins University and a Bachelor of Science in Economics from The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. She completed CTI’s Professional Coach Training Program and also received an Executive Coaching Certificate from Wharton Executive Education. She is certified to administer the Center for Creative Leadership Benchmarks 360 Assessments, Hogan Leadership Forecast Series, the Hermann Brain Dominance Instrument, AIIR’s Coaching Mindset Index, and AIIR’s Team Effectiveness Survey. Dana is recognized as a Senior Professional in HR (SPHR) by the HR Certification Institute and Senior Certified Professional (SHRM-SCP) by the Society for Human Resource Management.

Dana is also a public speaker and has been featured in or contributed to publications such as Smart CEO Magazine, Employee Benefits News, The Washington Post, and Washington Business Journal.


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