Dr. Connie Whittaker Dunlop brings more than 20 years of experience in leadership, team, and organizational development.
Connie served as executive director and lecturer at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business. Over 14 years, she coached more than 1,500 students through the personal and professional transformation that often occurs in business school. While at Darden, she taught three courses: Professional Advancement, Experiential Learning, and Leadership Coaching. When she wasn't teaching or coaching students, she delivered the Experiential Leadership Development Program – an innovative career development and leadership development experience that places students in actor-led and biometrically tracked high-stress simulations followed by self-assessment, peer reflection, and expert coaching. The courses that she taught and the programs that she managed were among the most highly ranked in a school that is consistently recognized for teaching excellence.
Connie led multiple transformation projects for Deloitte Consulting, and later for Capital One. A typical project involved transforming the enterprise by implementing strategy, process, policy, and/or technology changes through people. In her favorite transformation project, she delineated roles and responsibilities for the CEO and each member of his executive leadership team. With her amazing team of four employees and two external consultants, she documented those responsibilities in position descriptions and designed and delivered executive-level training, while she was pregnant with twins.
Connie's educational experiences support her teaching, coaching, and consulting work. She holds a doctorate in human and organizational learning from George Washington University, where she was awarded the Founders’ Research Fellowship for her dissertation titled Degrees of relevance. A basic qualitative study of how MBA students make their education relevant as they cross boundaries between school and work. She earned an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and a BSBA from the University of Richmond. She also earned a Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance certificate from George Mason University. The International Coaching Federation recognizes her as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC).
"I definitely attribute my success to your support. I am forever grateful and feel well positioned to tackle the challenges of the new year."
"The team assessment and follow-up coaching established a strong foundation, gave us a clear purpose, and provided a set of goals and shared values that has guided our work as a team."
"Thank you for sharing your knowledge, skills, and insight with our group. There were so many wow moments that it will take me some time to integrate it all."