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Dian Killian

Speaks English
Certified Trainer since 2006
"My passion is sharing NVC in groups and organizations, fostering transformational change in how people work and collaborate together. I also share via public workshops Somatic-Based Empathy (an NVC-based healing process I developed) as well as ‘Street NVC’ and empathy hacking. In addition to training, I work one-on-one and with teams via executive coaching."

Dian Killian, Ph.D., is the founder and director of Work Collaboratively and shares Collaborative Communication (as she calls Nonviolent Communication) with organizations, groups, and individuals around the world.

She designs and leads transformative communication trainings for diverse organizations including large NGOs, multinationals, nonprofits, startups, and Fortune 500 companies. Her clients have included the U.N. Development Program, New York University, Merck, Johnson & Johnson, AmeriCorps, and the Camphill Foundation, among many others.

Dian is also a certified executive/life coach (graduate of the Coaching for Transformation program), and founder and former director of the Center for Collaborative Communication. She is the co-author of two books, Connecting Across Differences: A Guide to Compassionate, Nonviolent Communication (in English, German, Simplified Chinese, and soon, traditional Chinese), and Urban Empathy: True Life Adventures of Compassion on the Streets of New York. She also publishes a blog and podcast and is currently working on a new book for Puddle Dancer Press on empathy hacking.

Via coaching, training and facilitation, Dian helps teams and organizations create transformative and sustainable culture change empowered around collaboration, compassionate (servant) leadership, authenticity, accountability, and trust.

In addition to her work with organizations, Dian designs and leads workshops and retreats for the general public, including the International NVC Women’s Retreat, which she founded, as well as programs at the New York Open Center, Kripalu, Life Labs, the Omega Institute, and the 92nd Street Y, among many others. She is also on the faculty of the NVC Academy. In 2022, she was the lead trainer and organizer of the first International Intensive Training (IIT) in Dublin, Ireland. She has also been on IIT teams in the U.S. and Asia.

Dian is currently based in Dublin, Ireland, while continuing to work with clients in the U.S. and around the world.

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