Elevate Your Thinking to Amplify Your Message

Advising Mission-Driven Financial Institution Leaders on Story-driven Communications Strategies that Convey Their Impact, Engage Core Audiences, and Establish Their Thought Leadership

Dahna M. Chandler, Principal
Doctoral Researcher | Strategic Communications Consultant | Award-Winning Finance Journalist
Providing strategic communications expertise since 1997.

I'm a strategic impact communications consultant offering mission-focused organizations solutions that help them refocus and revamp your current messaging to amplify your impact. 

The core of my solutions is premium, data-backed, and rigorously researched storytelling supported with a content strategy that fits seamlessly into your communications strategy. 

Adhering to Google's E-E-A-T (Experience, Expertise, Authority, and Trust) and Y-M-Y-L (Your Money or Your Life) standards, my tactical approaches also ensure your content helps your organization reach its search (SEO) objectives. More importantly, because it's people-first content, it also reaches, engages, captivates, and converts your core stakeholders with compelling stories and thought leadership. 

My targeted communications offerings help you provide the content experiences your audiences value. That's imperative in the era of generative AI, where you're competing not only with chatbots, but also with Google's latest algorithm update, "AI Overviews."

Financial Inclusion Advocacy is My Core Professional Value

I continue to provide project-based writing solutions to select B2B and B2C financial services firms specializing in personal wealth growth and preservation like those shown below. 

But, I'm now dedicated to using my unique skill set as an strategic communications consultant to partner with CDFI loan funds focused on democratizing access to capital, especially for home buying, foreclosure avoidance, and small business development financing

I'm also committed to proving strategic impact communications consulting to CDFIs aligning climate justice with social justice and helping finance clean energy solutions in low- and moderate-income communities.

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"Dahna and I worked together on several projects for a financial client. She is a strong communicator and writer with deep knowledge of financial issues. She also is skilled at finding data and research to support her work, which has made her a good fit for these projects. In addition to her professional skills, Dahna is easy and pleasant to work with. I highly recommend her for any data- and research-driven financial communications project." —Lisa, Contently Managing Editor.
Lisa requested I exclude her last name from this testimonial to protect her privacy. Contact me for verfication of her recommendation.

Advancing Social Impact through Strategic Communications

For over 25 years, I've helped leading financial institutions communicate their messages and build connections with clients through impactful brand storytelling and content strategy

Now, I'm leveraging my experience and rigorous education to strengthen the messaging of mission-driven organizations committed to generating social impact in the financial sector.

I specialize in storytelling wrapped in expert impact communications strategy, especially in the social finance sector. My work involves forming strategic partnerships with senior communications executives at established CDFIs, sustainable and socially responsible banks, and wealth managers who are committed to social impact investing.

My goal is to empower your organization to clearly tell its stories, deepen relationships with stakeholders, and further its ability to drive positive change through purpose-driven communications expertise.

Distinctive Value Proposition

I'm not just a writer; I'm a doctoral researcher, experienced strategic communications consultant, and storyteller who specializes in crafting narratives that resonate powerfully with your key stakeholders. Then I help you develop your social impact communications strategy so your stories reach them where they are.

My approach to strategic communications is uniquely adaptable and revelatory. Rather than applying a one-size-fits-all framework, I engage deeply with each client to intuitively understand your singular challenges and opportunities. This enables me to craft strategies that are not just effective but also enlightening, often leading to 'a-ha' moments that drive meaningful change.

As your thought partner, I help you amplify your mission by crafting content strategies that are in perfect alignment with your vision.

I also enable you to effectively engage your core community members and partners through targeted digital channels with my social web expertise.

Strategic Advantages of Partnering with Me

I've been a strategic communicator in the finance industry developing exceptional content campaigns since 1997, long before the term "content marketing" was coined. From strategy to execution, I deliver targeted solutions that not only engage your ideal stakeholders, but also inspire them to take action, forging lasting connections with your organization.

From stakeholder analysis to crafting resonant messages and measuring real-world impact, every step is meticulously planned and executed. What makes me distinctive is my intuitive ability to adapt to the particular nuances of your social finance sector organization. 

I focus on cultivating strategic communications partnerships that achieve results through enjoyable collaboration. My goal is to build thought partnerships that aren't just successful but also fulfilling for all the professionals involved in our engagement.

Let's Explore a Collaboration

Given the specialized nature of my consultancy and the high demand for my unique blend of academic rigor and industry expertise, I offer a limited number of complimentary 30-minute introductory calls each month. 

That's because my commitment to delivering exceptional results for my existing clients means I have the capacity for only a select number of long-term engagement clients.

If you're committed to making a meaningful impact in the social finance sector, let's connect to explore how we can collaborate to achieve your strategic communications goals.

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