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Belonging and Healing - Creating awesomeness for yourself and others

In Belonging and Healing, author Dr. Dave A. Cornelius uses the Ubuntu principles followed by Archbishop Tutu and former South African President Nelson Mandela to help individuals and groups working in professional coaching, organizational coaching, and DEI to create genuine experiences among colleagues and teams.

Dr. Cornelius shares with leaders how Ubuntu principles can help to improve the psychological and physical well-being of colleagues and improve engagement and performance within the business environment.

Belonging and Healing explores the unique backgrounds that each person brings to the workspace including:

  • People of color
  • People with LGBTQ+ identities
  • Neurodiverse people
  • And people with mobility diversity needs

These principles are explored and presented, making it a practical, thought-provoking book that takes self-help concepts and puts them to work in the context of business success.

About Dr. Dave Cornelius aka Dr. Dave

Dr. Dave Cornelius, aka “Dr. Dave,” is a business, executive, and organizational coach, partnering with leaders and teams in for-profit, startup, and non-profit organizations to deliver a level of awesomeness that meets their goals. He works with Fortune 50 to Fortune 500 companies, helping them to deliver more than $1 billion in customer value. His clients include General Motors (GM) Financial, Pet Smart, Schneider Electric, Accenture, Improving, Centene, and others.  Dr. Dave is a coach to university researchers to facilitate the commercialization of their startup ideas and bring them to market. 

Dr. Dave delivers in-person and virtual immersive learning experiences in agile (Scrum, Kanban, SAFe, etc.), design thinking, lean startup, and professional speaking. His doctoral manuscript focused on “The Value of Scrum to Organizations” in support of his management and organizational leadership doctoral path. He also holds a BS in computer science and an MBA.

Dr. Dave is a big community contributor and the founder of the Agile for Humanity conference and meetup that supports the BIPOC community to have a voice in the product development and technology fields. He is the founder of the 5 Saturdays ( STEAM program that empowers under-estimated high school students to pursue knowledge and careers in STEM fields.

He is the author of five books (Transforming Your Leadership Character: The Lean Thinking and Agility Way, Elastic Minds: What are you thinking?, Prayers to my Abba Father God, Belonging and Healing, and Deliver Value). 

You will find his monthly podcast and blog, KnolShare with Dr. Dave, on popular streaming services as well as

Dr. Dave is a husband, dad, and grandfather.

What People Are Saying

  • This book was a great read! A lot of thought-provoking content for me. I especially enjoyed learning about the Ubuntu principles and hope to apply them more in my life's journey. The book made me reassess my willingness to act and support in certain areas of my personal and professional life where I want to move beyond empathy and into compassion (there it was on page 15 - had me thinking right out of the gate and never stopped). Thanks Dr. Dave!  -- Phil


  • What gets in the way of belonging is fear. Dr. Dave's work serves as a guide to building the awareness of this and moving past it to lean into healing. It takes courage to do this work. This quote resonates for me as I think of Dr. Dave's compassionate and human expression in this book. -- Alicia


  • The work he has done in this book is a refreshing approach on the important topic of DEI and introduces the fascinating practice of Ubuntu, which is a spiritual healing journey and has great potential to help many people peel off the effects of not belonging in a society where all humans should be honored as they hold a valuable and unique space in the world. -- Cherie


  • By coupling the sense of belonging with a sincere focus on the diverse level of healing that may be required to obtain this state of being, Dr. Dave has written a book that not only informs, but also has the potential to significantly improve the overall performance of individuals and organizations. -- Earl
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Belonging and Healing Podcast Episodes

A special thank you to Tracy Treacy, founder of D & S Healing Center, for sharing her knowledge in the KnolShare with Dr. Dave podcasts on the topics of  belonging and healing covered in this book. Tracy is my lifelong sister, friend, and partner in healing. We found a project that we can collaborate on to bring about healing for others.

Gratitude to Nobantu Mpotulo from Ubuntu Coaching in South Africa for sharing her knowledge about the practice of Ubuntu. Nobantu helped me understand the foundational premise that Ubuntu is the way of being, a way of life that takes into consideration the importance of interconnection, the importance of working with others, and the importance of seeing the good in others.

Ubuntu: A Conversation with Dr. Dave and Nobantu Mpotulo

The Language of Belonging: A Conversation with Dr. Dave and Tracy Treacy

The Root Before the Fruit: A Conversation with Dr. Dave and Tracy Treacy

Why Is Belonging Important? A Conversation with Dr. Dave and Tracy Treacy

Sense Your Space for Belonging: A Conversation with Dr. Dave and Tracy Treacy

Healing, the Antidote to Trauma: A Conversation with Dr. Dave and Tracy Treacy

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