Dori Stiles, PhD

Founder and CEO

Your coach and partner for a better future.

Hi, I’m Dori! I believe that the power of positive change lies within every individual. I can help you discover, set, and achieve your goals.

My Story

My name is Dori Stiles, and I founded Turning Points in 1995 to serve both individuals and organizations. By using my natural talents of insight, practical problem solving, collaboration, and persistence, I energize individuals to identify and achieve their goals. In partnership with organizations, I enhance the professional development programs they already have in place. Whether as a group or as individuals, my approach results in changes to the one thing every person can control — themselves.

The unique combination of education and experience I’ve acquired make me ideally suited for the role of coach and advisor. My PhD is in Industrial/Organizational Psychology, where I learned the tools and techniques to effect change. Seven years of taking on progressive responsibilities inside an organization provided me with real-world experience (I went from being an individual contributor to AVP). Teaching at two universities in psychology and management departments and advising undergraduates showed me the importance that initial approaches to career-related decision making are to establishing productive or unproductive patterns over a lifetime. And years of coaching since then have honed my listening skills and made me an effective advocate for change in your life. 

My Approach

My service mark describes my approach:  Awareness · Clarity · Action · Accountability℠  All four steps are necessary to affect lasting change.


There is very little lasting change without understanding. And there are many well-intentioned actions that miss the mark. That’s why, no matter your objective, my first step is to increase and refine your self-awareness. More important than my understanding is your understanding of yourself or your team.


Equally important is understanding new awareness contextually. I listen carefully to provide an objective, outside-the-system perspective to make sense out of your current realities and to inform your future actions.


Working collaboratively, I help you identify specific steps and actions to progress toward specific outcomes. With a heavy dose of reality, I work with you to design next steps that are intentional and laser focused.


My intention is to help you reach your goals. I believe in your dedication and also know how easy it is to lose focus due to immediate demands. That’s why I take my job as your accountability partner seriously. Not only that, I’m a great encourager and cheerleader!

Client List

I’ve been privileged to work with a wide variety of clients over the past 25 years. Below you will find a list of highlights from the organizations that I’ve worked with, organized by group type (education, corporate, and public sector). I love working with individuals, too, although for the sake of privacy you won’t see any individual names listed.


  • Atlanta Public Schools
  • Bleckley County School System
  • Bulloch County Schools
  • Carrrollton City Schools
  • City School of Decatur
  • Dalton City Schools
  • Dooly County Schools
  • Douglas County Schools
  • Dublin Middle School
  • Episcopal Collegiate School
  • Forsyth County School System
  • Franklin County Schools
  • Fulton County School System
  • Georgia School Superintendents Association
  • Georgia School Boards Association
  • Gordon County High School
  • Greene County Schools
  • Gwinnett County School System
  • Lamar County School System
  • Muscogee County School System
  • Newton County Schools
  • Northside Elementary
  • Northeast Georgia RESA
  • Northwest Georgia RESA
  • Oconee County School System
  • Paulding County Schools
  • Pierce and Morgan County School Systems
  • Pinecrest Academy
  • Rockdale County School System
  • Sonoraville High School
  • Thomaston-Upson Schools
  • Union County Schools
  • Washington County Schools
  • Winder-Barrow County Schools

  • Butler College
  • Florida Southern College
  • UGA College of Veterinary Medicine
  • UGA Genetics Department
  • UGA Leadership Scholars Program
  • UGA Fulltime, Professional, and Executive MBA Programs
  • UGA Foundation Fellows


  • AFA Services
  • BellSouth
  • Carter & Sloope, Inc.
  • CharlesSchwab
  • Chase Bank of Texas
  • Check Free
  • Cisco Systems
  • Coca-Cola
  • CORE Credit Union
  • Cott Beverages
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Head-Beckham AmerInsurance
  • Highlands Company
  • IBM
  • Kaiser Permanente
  • Marriott
  • Matrix Resources
  • Morris Manning & Martin
  • NEA Insurance
  • Ontario Teachers Pension Program

Public Sector

  • Center for Disease Control (CDC)
  • Leadership Oconee
  • Carl Vinson Insistute of Government
  • Gwinnett County Government