Dion McInnis served in leadership positions in university advancement for four universities over nearly three decades. He has developed many unique, successful approaches to team development, management, fundraising, external relations, facilitation and sales. He now serves as consultant and coach. His programs, as well as his writing and photography, are based on three steps: see differently, change perspectives, and grow authentically.
While in higher education, he raised millions of dollars, engaged thousands of members, empowered hundreds of volunteers, facilitated scores of committees, and orchestrated dozens of events…all of them, one friend at a time. He brings to organizations the lessons learned in those experiences in meaningful, easily understood ways; he brings to individuals the empowerment to find and utilize their creativity in any situation.
Dion finds wisdom in everyday stories and uses them to guide, inspire, teach and engage. For example, he has used for years the story of an interaction with a shoeshine man to teach sales and fundraising; stories about homeless and beggars to provide insights into marketing and messaging; and, childhood stories involving several of his friends to teach leadership principles. He also offers free “Make It Happen Monday” sessions for nonprofit leaders and fundraisers to help improve nonprofits’ success and ability to serve the community.
He has authored several books, including “Daddin’: The Verb of Being a Dad,” “Listen to Life: Wisdom in Life’s Stories,” and “The Seeing, Not the Taking: A Guide to Seeing for Photographers.” His 13th book, titled “Empowered Creativity In All Your Life” is due in late 2016.