Brooks Darrah, Ph.D.
Transformation Architect | Executive Coach
For over 20 years, Brooks Darrah has advised and coached people in organizations of all sizes to achieve measurable results and lead happier, more meaningful work lives.
As Managing Partner of DarrahDhillon Strategic Advisors, Brooks is recognized as an expert in transformational change and team collaboration, which emerged from firsthand management experience, consulting leadership, and academic research. Brooks draws upon this wellspring of experience and knowledge to co-design custom strategies with her clients that are aligned to their goals. Brooks’ clients have found her evidence-based tools and supportive approach to be invaluable in their journeys to greater success and satisfaction.
Brooks has a proven record in supporting leaders and teams to:
• Drive strategic plans forward
• Design their organizations and cultures
• Thrive through change
• Collaborate better
• Engage and develop employees
• Strengthen working relationships
• Reduce stress and overwhelm
As a business leader in Fortune 500 media and entertainment companies, Brooks held a broad range of roles in product development, operations, business development, and technology. Brooks launched operations for and led three major feature film production companies while based at 20th Century Fox and Sony Pictures Entertainment. She also managed product portfolios for top Hollywood film directors and producers and contributed as a creative producer to films such as The Nightmare Before Christmas for Tim Burton and Titanic for James Cameron.
Brooks is a Certified Change Management Professional (CCMP™) and Certified Prosci Change Methodology Practitioner, which adds significant value to leaders and teams seeking to make positive changes in their work lives and organizations. In addition, she holds certifications in a variety of performance instruments, such as DiSC, Five Behaviors of a Cohesive Team, EQi 2.0, Myers-Briggs (MBTI), Creative Problem-solving Profile, Cpi260, Hogan, and Korn-Ferry’s 360.
Brooks completed her PhD in Human and Organizational Systems from Fielding Graduate University, where she also earned her MA in Human Development and her Professional Certified Coach (PCC) coaching credential. Brooks received her MS in Organization Development from Pepperdine’s top ranked Graziadio Business School—where she served as Associate Faculty—and graduated Magna Cum Laude with a BA in Dramatic Literature from the University of Southern California’s School of Theatre.
Select Consulting/Coaching Clients: Nike, Converse, Fox Corporation, Sony Pictures Entertainment, DIRECTV, Activision, Accel-KKR, Roche/Genentech, McCann, WPP, TBWA/Chiat/Day, Media Arts Lab/Apple, Elizabeth Dole Foundation, Toyota, AECOM, State of Alaska, City of Los Angeles, multiple high-tech middle market companies.