professional Bio

Yon Na, PhD, is an organizational psychologist who helps executives, leaders & teams accelerate performance by applying organizational psychology principles.

Throughout her career, Yon has led Organizational Effectiveness and Leadership Development efforts in Fortune 100 and high-growth companies, including Warner Bros., The New York Times, Microsoft, Johnson & Johnson, and Nordstrom. She partners with clients to accelerate performance by leveraging research and assessments to design customized solutions. 

Yon’s research area centers on identity and its impact on leadership potential. She shares her peer-reviewed research on Asian women in leadership at conferences, companies, and colleges. Yon is also the founder of Radiance HQ, an organization dedicated to advancing Asian women in the workplace. She developed the Radiance Leadership Development Program, which combines her research, organizational psychology, and her experience leading in Fortune 100 companies.

Yon holds a doctorate in Organizational Psychology from the California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University. She received her Master’s in Applied Psychology and a BA in Business Administration from Golden Gate University. Yon is a certified executive coach.

Yon is a member of the Society for Industrial and Organizational Psychology, Society of Consulting Psychology, Society for the Psychology of Women, and the International Coaching Federation. She is certified in Korn Ferry’s Emotional and Social Competency (360) Inventory, Leadership Styles Assessment, and Organizational Climate Survey.

Why I do This Work

Finding Meaning

There was a time when I thought that having a meaningful profession meant achieving financial success. It was early on in my career, but I earned a lucrative salary in advertising sales in New York City.

On Sunday afternoons, I would often sit quietly and stare from the window of my Brooklyn loft. Off in the distance, I could see the Twin Towers standing tall. Then, during the time of the September 11th terrorist attack, when the world had turned upside down, I experienced an awakening. 

I realized that what mattered most to me was adding value to organizations by developing its people and cultivating their potential. So I left the advertising world and went back to school to pursue higher education. Soon after, I began a new career in organizational effectiveness and continue to evolve in this field. I look forward to working with you.