About Us

About Our Organization

The Why Behind What We Do

Hey – we get it. When it seems like the world just keeps getting more intense, keeping your head down and staying on “autopilot” can feel like the only way through. That’s why we’re here to help you shift gears.

Everyone may be feeling the stress of our hyper-connected world: being overworked, overwhelmed, and out of focus. And while you can’t change some uncertain seasons, there’s a lot you can do to keep yourself and your teams moving forward and enjoying the ride along the way. That’s where we can partner with you.

None of us can thrive with a one-size-fits-all, “just get through it” approach. We believe it takes customized coaching and team development to help you turn of autopilot and make positive shifts. It’s kind of like switching from a car with automatic transmission to a manual one. Until you intentionally shift gears and really “feel the road” of your own life – there’s so much you can’t do. You can’t clearly see your unique strengths, let alone leverage them at work when change comes your way.

So that’s really the core of what we do: we help you and your leaders get of the hamster wheel and get you heading towards a new horizon. We give you the empowering insights you need driven by your individual strengths. And then we show you how to harness your energy to leverage them, so you can meet change with possibility, not panic.

As a former senior HR and Organizational Development leader with Fortune 500 companies, I have directly experienced how much the stress and burnout from change can keep you from realizing potential (and I have the frequent flier miles to prove it!). For more than 25 years, I have taught thousands of people on how to make strengths-based shifts at all levels of leadership. Along the way, I have earned multiple certifications and credentials including those from Gallup®, ICF, and Columbia University and developed the deep experience to help you navigate new transitions, changes, and challenges for leaders, teams, and your organization as a whole. And the best part of the work I do is always helping you and your people identify and use the power of your natural gifts.

So, whatever season you or your team is working through, our team is ready to guide you. You’ll be in the driver’s seat, we’ll ride shotgun! It’s time to switch of autopilot and shift into high gear towards a better, brighter horizon. Let’s start that journey together.


Founder and Principal

Dawn Potter Sander M.Ed., ACC, PHR, SHRM-CP

An expert at helping leaders and their teams navigate new seasons, Dawn is a multi-certified executive coach, award-winning, former senior Human Resources leader, and the founder of DPS Leadership – a global consulting practice specializing in strengths-based coaching and team development. 

Dawn has spent more than 25 years developing leaders and energizing teams around the world, reaching thousands of people at all levels of leadership. In her work with HR leaders and executives today, she tailors her fresh, pragmatic approach to onboarding, transitions, and change for each individual and team. Dawn drives impact for her clients using multiple certifications in executive coaching, her expertise as a Gallup-Certified Coach, a bachelor’s degree in psychology, and a master’s degree in adult education. In addition, she is an ICF Credentialed ACC Coach, a Professional in Human Resources (PHR), and a Society for Human Resource Management Certified Professional (SHRM-CP). 

Prior to founding her consultancy practice, Dawn sharpened her skills in a variety of leadership roles in Human Resources (HR) and Talent Management for Fortune 500 companies, including Stryker and NCR Corporation. During her career, she received global recognition multiple times for her performance as a HR business partner and cultural champion.

When Dawn isn’t helping leaders leverage their strengths, she’s likely cheering for her favorite sports teams, running on the trails around town, or with her husband, chasing her twin daughters.


Dawn’s Clifton Strengths

Arranger | Individualization | Responsibility | Achiever | Ideation

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