Dave Dresden


BMC Software
CA State Fund Insurance
City National Bank
Lucas Film
Mattel Inc.
Sony Entertainment


MS | Northern Illinois University


New Ventures West
Myers-Briggs (MBTI)
The Birkman
5 Dynamics
The Energy Project
Ultra Leadership


Endurance training
A challenge of any kind

Dave Dresden

Executive Coach & Leadership Consultant

Los Angeles, CA


Dave Dresden partners with senior executives, high potential mid career leaders and intact business units to define and achieve strategic goals, improve teamwork and optimize workplace environments.

His specialties include:

  • Executive Leadership Presence
  • Building High-Performing Teams
  • Leadership Brand
  • Overcoming Barriers – Women & Minorities in Tech
  • Driving Innovation & Creativity
  • Delegating, Coaching, Self-Care & Resilience

Dave brings a unique in-the-trenches perspective honed through 25 years of first-hand experience in corporate leadership roles. He understands the challenges and opportunities clients face and is a stickler for development that’s relevant in day-to-day business context. Dave’s clients are challenged by his direct, results-oriented focus. Paired with his compassionate, good-humored support – they soon make habit of moving beyond limits – to great rewards and lasting change.


Prior to his consulting & coaching career, Dave was an accomplished brand marketing professional. He held senior line-management positions at Warner Bros., Lucas Film, ESPN, Mattel, and in advertising agencies: Foote, Cone & Belding and J. Walter Thompson. His leadership had extraordinary impact building powerhouse iconic consumer brands like: Hot Wheels, ESPN, Disney, Nintendo, Star Wars, Doritos & Tabasco Pepper Sauce. A swift alliance builder, Dave was also known for collaborative relationships with customers, clients and cross-functional team members. He has a proven track record of training, developing and motivating others.


Dave is able to see all the details of a scenario. He asks tough questions and pushes clients to find new perspectives and approach problems from multiple fronts. It’s difficult but he makes it easy with his smile and caring nature. Make no mistakes, he’s tough & direct – that’s what makes the difference.
– Head, Cisco Services Software Innovation & Incubation

Dave’s broad marketing and business background helped him become one of the best leadership coaches in the region. He is dedicated to client service and satisfaction. He brought credibility and relevance to his consulting, and he was able to bring a strategic mindset to his senior level coaching clients.
– Strategic Partner, Right Management