Dana H. Born, Ph.D., Senior Consultant

Dana H. Born, Ph.D. is a Senior Consultant for the Authentic Leadership Institute, a leadership consulting firm committed to creating leaders and organizations with a deeper purpose and the courage to transform their business impact.

A Brigadier General and USAF Retired, Dana is a Lecturer in public policy at the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government.  Dana brings a wealth of experience leading teams and organizations during times of peace, crises and conflict.  She has decades of real world, hands-on involvement in the world’s largest leadership laboratory (United States military) conceptualizing, designing and delivering programs to develop leaders of character with the ultimate measure of a leader’s success defined by mission accomplishment and lives saved, versus financial bottom-line.  She has served as chief architect designing leadership programs instituted in response to issues of national importance, resulting in completely transforming an organization’s culture, climate and values while enabling individuals, teams and organizations to reach their next level of excellence.  She is passionate about inspiring others into become character-based leaders in order to reach their fullest potential, and advocates that a leader’s success is measured by the success of others.

Dr. Born is a frequent speaker to government, military, private and public groups on character-based leadership development, organizational change, human capacity and performance, inclusive excellence and decision-making.

Client work with the Institute has included both the government and banking industries.

Dana retired in 2013 following thirty years of service in the United States Air Force, most recently serving two terms as the Dean of the Faculty at the United States Air Force Academy where she also served as Chair of the Academy's Behavioral Sciences and Leadership Department.  Previously, Dr. Born served as an Exchange Officer with the Royal Australian Air Force; Assistant Director for recruiting research and analysis for the Assistant Secretary of Defense (Force Management & Personnel); Deputy Chief of Personnel Issues Team for the Department of the Air Force (DC/S Personnel), Aide and Speech Writer to the Secretary of the Air Force; Squadron Commander, and in Afghanistan in support of Operation Enduring Freedom.

Dana is the Recipient of the Air Force Distinguished Service Medal, Legion of Merit, Secretary of the Air Force’s Eugene M. Zuckert Management Award and the Air Force Association’s Hoyt S. Vandenberg Award for Aerospace Education. Publications in which Dana's work appears are focused on a range of issues addressing character, leadership, decision making, optimizing human capacity and performance and inclusive excellence/diversity.  

Dana holds a B.S. in Behavioral Sciences from the United States Air Force Academy, M.S in Experimental Psychology from Trinity University, M.A in Research Psychology from the University of Melbourne, a Ph.D. in Industrial and Organizational Psychology from Penn State University and an honorary Doctorate of Humane Administration from Simmons College.

Dana serves on the Board of Trustees of the United States Air Force Academy’s Falcon Foundation and the Board of Directors for the Apollo Education Group, and is a member of the International Women’s Forum.   She lives in Lexington, MA with her husband and two children. An avid outdoors and sports enthusiast, Dana treasures spending time with her family skiing, climbing, and mountain biking at their vacation home in Colorado’s high country and breaking away to the local beaches at Cape Cod.