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Dayna Patterson (MBA ’05)

Consultant, Facilitator and Coach, Patterson Leadership

Executive Coaching

Dayna Patterson is passionate about leadership development and change.  She has engaged as a leadership coach and facilitator since 2007.   Her personal mission is to help others achieve their full potential.

Dayna has facilitated more than 2,000 sessions in a variety of soft skill areas including leadership development, management skills, change management, creativity and diversity and inclusion with a specific expertise in virtual facilitation.  Her work spans a wide range of industries and company sizes, including work with the US government.  She has also taught more than 50 courses at York University in the following subject areas- strategy, organizational theory and design and finance. Her sessions go beyond the traditional material – igniting ideas in her participants, and inspiring action.

As a leadership development coach, Dayna is most skilled at coaching leaders in executive presence, brand management, coaching skills, courageous conversations, performance management and presentation skills.   Her coaching style is challenging, yet empathetic.  She is results-focused which was instilled in her youth through 17 years of experience as a competitive swimmer, competing at both the national and international levels.  One of her natural strengths is empathy and when combined with her disciplined focus on results, she provides a safe space for reflection and action planning. Over the years Dayna has coached leaders of all levels, with the majority being managers, directors and VPs.

Dayna’s background includes numerous years of corporate finance experience with Scotiabank and Bank of Montreal.  Her work included complex transactions and the management of a portfolio of commercial clients exceeding $200 million.  Dayna holds a Masters of Business Administration from York University’s Schulich School of Business, a Bachelor of Business Administration from Wilfrid Laurier University and is a Distinguished Toastmaster.  She is also a Professional Certified Coach through the International Coaching Federation, a Certified Professional Coactive Coach through the Coaches Training Institute, a Certified NeuroTransformational Coach through BEabove Leadership, a Certified Positive Intelligence Coach through Positive Intelligence, a Certified Leadership Circle Profile Administrator, certified in Coaching and Debriefing Harrison Assessments for Employee Development, certified in the Team Management Profile through TMS Development International and previously held the Chartered Financial Analyst designation.