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Dennis Dennis, Ph.D.

Philosophy Statement

“Having differences makes a difference.”

  • The foundation for effective leadership is built upon trusting relationships.
  • Trust engenders predictability, safety, security, innovative risk, and valued results.
  • Great minds do not always think alike, but they must converge on a solution.
  • High performing teams require skillful navigation through predictable phases.
  • Leaders serve others who have explicit, implicit, and often conflicting expectations.

Leaders must identify, prioritize, and formulate a strategy to meet or exceed stakeholders’ expectations with available and/or attainable resources. Their most important resource is the talent, commitment, and performance of other people. Because leadership is shaped by the unique personal characteristics and skills of the leader, leaders must possess deep understanding of self, their behavior, and the varied effects they may have on others. Leaders must harness and guide differences to inspire teams that generate innovative solutions while avoiding destructive outcomes. I am committed to helping leaders and teams identify, mobilize, and coordinate their collective talents and resources to predictably exceed the expectations of those they serve.


Dennis Dennis, Ph.D.

(425) 753-2523

Areas of Expertise/Results

  • Develop a deep understanding of self as leader
  • Leverage conflict as a means to invigorate teams and stimulate innovation
  • Align leadership practice and development with the organizational culture
  • Transform apathy and antipathy to engagement
  • Reestablish trust following betrayal, bad publicity, or investigations


  • Navigate through “bad news” scenarios, such as budget and/or staff cuts
  • Revitalize underperforming staff
  • Transform a hostile workplace to one with respectful engagement
  • Strengthen resilience and minimize recovery time from adverse events

Experience/Selected Projects

  • Assistant Secretary, Washington State Department of Health (2009 – 2010). Responsible for Epidemiology, Health Statistics, and the Public Health Laboratory.
  • Eckerd College Mediation Training Institute (2004 – present). Advisory Board member and Master Trainer with global training responsibility.
  • Vice President Human Resources & Organization Development, Colony Homes, (2000 – 2003). Responsibility for all human resources, leadership development, selection, and training for a $350M company in several cities.
  • Clinical Faculty, University of Washington, School of Nursing and Department of Psychology (1982 – 1995). Clinical supervision of nursing students and clinical psychology doctoral students.
  • President, Washington State Psychological Association (1989). Strategic leadership of professional society, including lobbying on Capitol Hill.
  • Assistant Professor, Master of Science in Organization Development program, Central Washington University (1984 – 1996). Teach graduate courses and chair masters’ thesis research in an executive program in organization development.
  • Assistant Professor, School of Nursing & Psychological Sciences Department, Purdue University (1980 – 1982). Developed and taught experiential leadership development.


  • Duke University, School of Medicine, Team STEPPS Certified Master Trainer (2012)
  • Harvard University, National Leadership Preparedness Initiative (2010)
  • University of Washington, Foster School of Business, Management Program (1999)
  • Human Resources Certification Institute, Senior Professional in HR (1996)
  • Albert Einstein School of Medicine/MIT, Organizational Culture, Edgar Schein (1994)
  • Purdue University, PhD, Clinical and Organizational Psychology (1980)
  • NTL Institute, Apprentice Program in Professional Development (1976 – 1978)
  • United States Navy, Officer School, Newport, RI (1972); Lieutenant (1971 – 1977)
  • University of Buffalo, BS, Nursing (1972, Honors); BA, Psychology (1971, Honors)

Selected Clients

  • Alaska Airlines
  • Bank of America
  • Bellevue College
  • Boeing
  • Bonneville Power Administration
  • Federal Aviation Administration
  • Harborview Medical Center
  • Highline Community College
  • Kennesaw State University
  • Microsoft
  • Seattle Children’s Medical Center


  • Seattle University
  • South Seattle Community College
  • The Plaza Hotel (New York)
  • University of Washington
  • VA Medical Centers (CA, FL, MI, TN, NY, WA)
  • Veterans Affairs, Office of Resolution management, Washington, DC
  • Virginia Mason Medical Center
  • Washington Department of Corrections
  • Westin Hotels
Washington State University