hero image
Connie Whittaker Dunlop, Ed.D., PCC - Fielding Graduate University. Washington, DC, US

Connie Whittaker Dunlop, Ed.D., PCC

Associate Faculty - Evidence Based Coaching | Fielding Graduate University


Illuminating potential paths so that others can find their way.



Dr. Connie Whittaker Dunlop develops leaders, teams, and organizations through coaching and training. Connie has more than a decade of leadership development experience at the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, where she taught three courses and coached more than 1,500 students on topics related to the personal and professional transformation that often occurs in business school. Connie also has experience developing teams and organizations for Deloitte and then for Capital One, where she led enterprise transformation projects that involved implementing strategy, process, policy, and/or technology changes through people. Connie holds a doctorate in human and organizational learning from George Washington University, an MBA from the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business, and a BSBA from the University of Richmond. She also earned a Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance certificate from George Mason University. The International Coaching Federation recognizes her as a Professional Certified Coach (PCC).

Areas of Expertise (7)

Leadership and Leader Development

Professional Advancement

Organizational Behavior

Management Education

Experiential Learning

Leadership Coaching

Executive Coaching

Accomplishments (3)

Transformational Faculty Award, University of Virginia, Nominee


Poets and Quants, Favorite MBA Professor, Best MBAs – Steve Neece


Executive Leadership Program Founders’ Fellowship, George Washington University


Education (3)

George Washington University: EdD, Human and Organizational Learning 2020

University of Virginia, Darden School of Business: MBA 1998

University of Richmond: BS, Business Administration 1992

Affiliations (7)

  • Forbes Coaches Council : Contributor, 2016 - Present
  • Academy of Management : Member, 2015 - Present
  • International Coaching Federation (ICF) : Member, 2012 - Present
  • International Coaching Federation (ICF) Capital Region : Member, 2012 - Present
  • Six Team Conditions : Team Diagnostic Survey for Team Coaching, 2021
  • International Coaching Federation : Professional Certified Coach, 2016
  • George Mason University : Certificate in Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance, 2013

Media Appearances (3)

Executive MBA alumni find advantage in tough jobs market

Financial Times  online


Connie Dunlop, Darden’s executive director for professional advancement, says the EMBA class receives even more attention than other postgraduate business students because they have a lot more going on in their lives, juggling study and work. “These students are so busy with all these aspects of their lives that it is difficult for them to show up and present themselves well in job interviews,” she says. “We think it is particularly important for them to know how to tell their stories.”

view more

Episode 93: An Interview with Connie Dunlop, Executive Director for Professional Advancement

The ExecMBA Podcast,  radio


In this episode of the podcast, we catch up with Connie Dunlop. Connie is a repeat guest on the podcast, and we recently sat down to discuss the decision to move the Professional Advancement Course (PAC) to Quarter 1 as well as the work she and Darden faculty have been doing to update the program’s experiential learning curriculum.

view more

Status anxiety? You need an EMBA coach

Financial Times  online


The greater challenge that schools face is getting students to open up on sensitive issues. Coaching was previously mandatory for EMBAs at Darden; three years ago the school made it optional. “We found that students who were forced tended not to engage,” says Connie Whittaker Dunlop, executive director for professional advancement. “They need to volunteer and be willing to open up to benefit.”

view more

Articles (5)

How to Make the Most Out of Your MBA

Harvard Business Review

Connie Whittaker Dunlop

2021 Here are four common reasons people pursue an MBA, and how you can use your own “why” to help make the most of your time at school.

view more

Restoring Broken Teams

TD Magazine

Steve Gladis, Connie Whittaker Dunlop

2021 What really works to guide teams from troubled to high performing.

view more

As We Return To The Office, Team Leaders Need More Than A Policy — They Need A Playbook


Connie Whittaker Dunlop

2021 Even though different companies are in different stages of returning to work, one thing remains the same: Team leaders who are charged with enforcing these policies among team members are wondering what to do.

view more

Degrees of Relevance: A Basic Qualitative Study of How MBA Students Make Their Education Relevant as They Cross Boundaries Between School and Work

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses Database

Connie Whittaker Dunlop

2020 The purpose of the study was to explore how working professionals enrolled in MBA programs make their education relevant.

view more

No More Idling

TD Magazine

Steve Gladis, Connie Whittaker Dunlop

2020 Put your career in gear with intentional job crafting.

view more