Meet Dr. Dalavai

Global Talent Development Professional, Executive Coach, Public Speaker, Servant Leader, and Professor

Dr. Emmanuel Dalavai is passionate about helping others LIVE OUT LOUD.  He first came across this concept of "living out loud" while studying French literature at the University of Kansas. The quote originated from Emile Zola, and had a profound impact on him when he heard it again a few summers later whilst studying in Paris, France. From this initial brush with the phrase live out loud, it would eventually inspire Dr. Dalavai to devote part of his professional life (many years later) to help others be their authentic selves, and to unpack what it means to have 'positive psychological capital' whether it be in their personal lives or professional settings. Living out loud also means that you are able to articulate succinctly your PVE, or Professional Value Equation (click on the video to learn more about building your PVE). 

Inspired by his father, Jayakar F. Dalavai, PhD., the younger Dalavai felt a calling to pursue a career in global business. Passionate about cultural awareness and improving the multicultural literacy quotient of his clients, Dr. Emmanuel Dalavai has taught people from around the world to understand each other better. He has lived on three continents in places like India, Kansas City, Dallas, London, Paris, Lausanne, Lyon, and has traveled extensively for work and pleasure. Dr. Dalavai is a lifelong learner and President of EVD Enterprises, a firm he started in 2003 that helps global business leaders better understand the complex worlds in which they live. Dr. Dalavai practices the principles of two important philosophies: “M-cubed” (Making Moments Matter) and “B-cubed” (Building Business Bridges).

Dr. Dalavai’s corporate career began in technical sales with SBC Communications and AT&T. From that position, he held several roles of increasing responsibility before leaving the company to devote himself to training and education in other fields. As a global business leader, he has worked in the telecom, healthcare and aviation/aerospace industries. Dr. Dalavai has helped leaders to promote the positive aspects of increased cultural awareness, to bridge the cultural divide among various people groups, and has delivered cross-cultural and global language solutions to companies worldwide such as Marriott International and NASA.

Most recently, Dr. Dalavai was employed with one of the largest public county hospitals in the U.S.A., where he was responsible for oversight of HR/Talent Management strategy, and was also involved in executive coaching and strategy integration across the enterprise. Previously, he was employed by the Boeing Company, where he was the global leader of training, talent management, and leadership development for all 42 branch offices of Boeing’s largest supply chain super-subsidiary (Boeing Distribution, Inc.).  Currently, Dr. Dalavai serves as an Executive Coach in the Fortune 50 space, an Adjunct Professor at the University of Dallas (and provides guest lectures at other academic institutions) in the Dallas/Ft. Worth, TX region and around the globe. He possesses a passion for public speaking, and is sought after globally for his knowledge base in the areas of servant leadership, positive organizational scholarship, emotional intelligence, and executive presence. He is committed to training professionals and students to equip themselves with the tools necessary to become transformational change agents in the marketplace.

Dr. Dalavai is a "Midwesterner" at heart and received his Bachelor of Arts degrees in both chemistry and French from the University of Kansas. He earned dual master’s degrees after beginning/completing his MBA and Masters in Telecommunications Management at Texas Christian University and the University of Dallas, respectively. He also holds a degree in project management from Stanford University and is a Stanford-Certified Project Manager (SCPM), and in 2018, Dr. Dalavai received his Executive Doctorate in Business Administration from the University of Dallas in Irving, TX. He is fluent in several languages – most notably French, conversational Spanish, Italian, and German... and now, after almost 25 years in the Lone Star State, he even speaks….Texan!