Executive Coaching and Consulting

Gain the ultimate competitive advantage of teamwork.

About Us

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Founder and Managing Principal, Dina Smith

Do you want to scale your effectiveness as a leader and elevate your impact? Do you need to make your team stronger? Do you want to improve communication or boost employee engagement? If any of these ring true for you or your organization, we can help you.

Cognitas Coaching & Consulting specializes in helping leaders and teams accelerate their success. Offering executive coaching, team development and leadership advisory services, we help our clients navigate challenges and take their performance to even greater heights ​through developing new awareness, outlooks, strategies and skills.

With experience working across a number of industries, and in major multi-nationals as well as smaller privately-owned companies, we understand the intense pressures leaders and teams face. We work as a peer and partner with our clients and are passionate about helping them perform at their best for the long term to create the individual and collective outcomes that are most important to them.

Whether you know exactly what you want or are just starting to explore, we'll collaborate with you to create a program that best fits your needs.

Testimonials For Cognitas Coaching & Consulting

  • Working with Dina was critical in enabling me to successfully lead my organization through a massive strategic change. Her insight, candor and support accelerated my development both as a leader and person, and our conversations always left me feeling energized, focused and with a fresh perspective on key issues.

  • Dina is an excellent executive coach. Her intelligence, her access to powerful questions and her personal commitment to growth make her a truly exceptional strategic partner and coach. The people I've referred to her have consistently given her rave reviews too. If you get a chance to work with Dina - take it!



  • Custom Team Development

    Despite a multitude of books about building effective teams, leading and participating on teams remains a significant challenge in most workplaces. As teams struggle with different issues, our programs are customized to help you with the specific areas where you might be stuck or have the greatest opportunity for positive change.

    The secret to the success of our approach is that it is deep and it is targeted to your situation. Our methodology can help you and your team look at up to fifteen unique dimensions of performance, and can be delivered through coaching, facilitation, or a combination – whichever is most convenient for you.

  • Executive Coaching

    Working with business leaders in a confidential and creative partnership, I help my clients navigate challenges and accelerate their success through developing new awareness, strategies and skills. My goals are to help my clients perform at their highest and best for the long term, more easily create the outcomes that are important to them, and experience greater satisfaction in their work and life.

    My work covers the spectrum of challenges that all successful leaders face, from driving and navigating strategic change, to leading a high performing team, to elevating their leadership presence and impact, and more. Recent clients have included leaders at organizations such as Intel, Adobe, Goldman Sachs, S&P Global, Sephora, Gap, PwC, Dropbox, Stripe, Lyft, and many smaller private companies.

  • Everything DiSC - Team Development and Group Training

    We provide rich, versatile learning programs that offer personal insight for learners at every level of an organization, using a consistent language of DiSC®. Our solutions leverage a research-validated learning model and provide in-depth information including tips, strategies, and action plans to help learners become more effective in the workplace.

    We offer 4 distinct Everything DiSC solutions:
    - Everything DiSC Workplace
    - Everything DiSC Work of Leaders
    - Everything DiSC Management
    - Everything DiSC Productive Conflict

  • Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team - Team Development

    Based on the work of Patrick Lencioni’s international best-seller The Five Dysfunctions of a Team, we offer team development programs leveraging The Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team framework. Our programs are highly experiential and help teams learn and apply The Five Behaviors™ model of Trust, Conflict, Commitment, Accountability, and Results to drive team effectiveness and productivity. The program also incorporates Everything DiSC, a tool that helps build effective team communication and relationships, to help participants understand their individual DiSC® style and discover how each style brings value to the team.