Dian Killian


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Dian Killian, Ph.D.

Consultant. Coach. Author. All about effective communication, collaboration, and leadership.

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About Dian Killian

Dian Killian, Ph.D., is the founder and director of Work Collaboratively and shares Collaborative Communication with organizations, groups, and individuals.

She designs and leads transformative communication trainings in the U.S., Europe, and Asia for diverse organizations including large NGOs, multinationals, non-profits, startups, and Fortune 100 companies. Her clients have included the U.N. Nations Development Program (UNDP), New York University, Merck Inc., HCL Technologies (India), Americorps, and Maryknoll Missionaries, among many others.


Author and Entrepreneur

Dr. Killian 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 and German), and Urban Empathy: True Life Adventures of Compassion on the Streets of NY.  She also publishes a blog and podcast and has been featured frequently as a guest speaker/trainer.

Work in Companies and Organizations

Dian works with companies and organizations in the following ways:

  • Culture Change "Resets."
  • Meeting/Retreat Design & Facilitation.
  • Managing/Integrating Change.
  • Leadership Development.
  • Team Building.
  • Management Skill Development.
  • Mediation/Conflict Resolution.
  • Executive and Group/Team Coaching.
  • Anger management and workplace "bullying."


Work with Individuals

Dian coaches people with a focus on:

  • More effective communication at work and at home.
  • Deep healing & inner transformation.
  • Self-acceptance and self-empathy.
  • Choice in responding to triggers.
  • Couples Coaching.


Partner Organizations

In addition to her work with individuals and 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 others. She is also on the faculty of the NVC Academy.


Other things about Dian

In addition to her work as a coach and trainer, Dian has published poetry, essays, and fiction and performs regularly as a singer-songwriter on Appalachian dulcimer.