Dorine Lawrence-Hughes

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Dorine Lawrence-Hughes, J.D., Ed.D., specializes in leadership coaching and professional development training for clients who work primarily in higher education institutions and non-profit organizations. She  has worked in law and higher education for over 25 years in various capacities and she is passionate about helping others who wish to be more intentional about building their own capacity for leadership. Her most recent administrative leadership experience includes the role of Assistant Dean of Undergraduate Education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Prior to her tenure at the University of Michigan, she served as the Associate Director of Faculty and Student Development in the Annenberg School of Communication and Journalism at the University of Southern California where she was also appointed as a Clinical Associate Professor. As a faculty member, she was especially committed to improving the teaching and leadership experiences of faculty and staff.

As a licensed attorney, Dorine worked in private practice at the California law firms of Best, Best & Krieger, LLP, and Gresham, Savage, Nolan and Tilden. Her corporate and municipal transactional legal work focused on the representation of private corporations, non-profit organizations and public entities including school districts, community college districts, and cities. For several years, she operated her own practice and her areas of focus included contracts, wills and trusts, affordable housing, family law and property law.

Often described as a strategic thought partner, Dorine is effective at helping clients work through the challenging realities of academic and corporate culture. A strong proponent of peer and group coaching, Dorine is a co-creator of the UCLA Women’s Leadership Academy and has served as a leadership mentor and faculty fellow for the Higher Education Resource Services (HERS) leadership institute. Her coaching and consulting expertise is grounded in positive psychology, creative problem solving and education leadership literature as well as her extensive faculty and administrative experience in higher education institutions.