Our People

Dave Ancel

Dave Ancel, Ed.D., has co-founded three consulting practices, Interplay Learning Corporation, Emergent Solutions, Inc., and Leaders Toolkit Corporation – focused on executive development, strategy & organization development, and change management.  Most recently, he served in-house as the worldwide head of change management and organization effectiveness for Becton-Dickinson – a global medical devices company.  His current practice – Leaders Toolkit – continues Dave’s deep focus on strategy-into-action and associated organization design.  He is an experienced executive leadership coach with over 20 years providing guidance and support to the C-suite across the Life Sciences and Technology industries.

Dave’s professional interests lie at the intersection of strategy and leadership. A strong background in interpretive organizational theory supports his work with his clients.  He has led the development of a robust strategic narrative process to keep leaders on track in forming, communicating and promoting their business strategies. Dave has scoped, organized and led large scale strategy and business transformation initiatives and has effectively coached numerous executives to align their strategic intent with clear and measurable actions.  His work is tools-based and outcome-focused, keeping business objectives in mind and partnering to get the work done. He brings a strong international flavor to his engagements having lived and worked in Indonesia, Chile and the Netherlands.

Dave works with his clients to:

  • Think through and draft Strategic Narratives
  • Develop and deploy action plans in support of large scale organizational change
  • Strengthen leadership competency in influencing and driving organizational initiatives
  • Bolster process thinking at the leadership level to better understand how work flows through their organizations
  • Deploy themselves as leaders in more intentional ways


  • Doctor of Education (Ed.D) in Organization and Leadership from the University of San Francisco
  • M.A. in Intercultural Administration from the School for International Training
  • B.A. in International Relations from San Francisco State University


Dave is based in Berkeley, CA where he lives with his wife and garden.