Dayna Sear, Vice President, Consulting, brings to her role as consultant over 30 years of public and private sector experience creating businesses, advancing high-profile projects and programs, crafting fundraising and development strategy, and leading financial reorganizations and turnarounds. She has held executive positions as CEO, Executive Director, Program/Project Director, Business Manager, Strategist, and Board of Directors in the arts, entertainment, education, philanthropy, investment, insurance, legislative advocacy, and social service industries.
Throughout her career, Dayna has pioneered many innovative cutting-edge programs, events, and service delivery platforms to stimulate economic development, expand reach, increase competitiveness, and deepen mission impact. Within her many business start-up and turnaround roles, she has tailored forward-thinking strategies and developed cost-effective, solution-oriented implementation plans that inspire investment, mission advocates, stakeholder buy-in, media recognition, growth, and change.
As a creative entrepreneur, Dayna developed and lead two successful for-profit arts related businesses and a nonprofit youth ballet company. During her 12-year tenure at Clarion University, she served as Professor in the Speech Communication and Theatre Department, Marketing and Development Coordinator for University Theatre, and Director of University Theatre Dance Concerts. She has also served as a speaker and adjunct professor in nonprofit management and fund development.
Passionate about arts, business, and education one of her graduate thesis’ regarding creative education and workforce development was published as a book in 2010 entitled, Educating in the Creative Age: Implementing Arts Learning and the Creative Design Process. Dayna has presented and published several papers on creative education and workforce development and has also published many articles on the arts and economic development as a guest newspaper columnist.
Dayna holds a Bachelor of Science in Economics from Allegheny College, Master of Business Administration from Clarion University, Master of Arts in Arts Administration from Goucher College, and has also attended the Nonprofit Management Institute at Stanford University.