Dilip Abayasekara, Ph.D., A.S. has trained and inspired thousands of people in many different industries throughout the United States and nine other countries since he launched his training, speech coaching and professional speaking business in 1994. His firm, Dr. Dilip, LLC, empowers individuals and organizations to unleash their communication and performance potential and change their world.
Dr. Abayasekara (known affectionately as “Dr. Dilip”) has helped thousands of people discover their “new eyes” through his private customized speech coaching, seminars and workshops in the areas of communication & presentation skills, creative thinking, relationship building, customer service, leadership and spirituality and through his inspirational keynote speeches.
“If you want to change the world,” he says,”don’t wait for the world to change; just look at the old world with new eyes.”
Dr. Dilip is on the speaking circuit for the Institute for Management Studies as well as for Vistage International, the world’s largest CEO organization. He has served as the Strategic Advisor to the President of Central Penn College and has been an adjunct faculty member in the areas of oral communication and interpersonal communication for Central Pennsylvania College and Eastern University’s School of Professional Studies.
A partial list of his clients include: Hershey Corporation, Northrop Grumman, PNC Bank, Mid-Atlantic Corporate Federal Credit Union, Veterans Administration, Central Penn College, Baltimore City Community College, the US Army EEO office, The Government of Sri Lanka, The US Immigration and Naturalization Service, and the United Nations Development Program. He has provided customized, private speech coaching to business executives, small business owners, scientists and engineers, professionals, elected officials, candidates for elected office, and speech contestants
Dilip was twice a finalist at Toastmasters International’s World Championship of Public Speaking, placing second in 1992. He is among a small number of Toastmasters who have received accreditation by Toastmasters International for professional level speaking skills and outstanding contributions in public speaking. In 2005-2006 he served as International President of Toastmasters, with the theme, Find Your Voice, Serve Your World.
Dilip Abayasekara was born and raised in Colombo, Sri Lanka. He attended college in the USA, earning a Doctorate Degree in Organic and Polymer Chemistry. After working for 12 years as an industrial scientist, he surrendered to his avocation – connecting, influencing, and enriching others through the power of the spoken word.
AWARDS & HONORS
- Greater Newark Area Toastmasters Club, June 2015, lifetime achievement award
- Presidential Citation, Toastmasters International, 2008
- Nominee, Lifetime Achievement Award, Sri Lanka Foundation, 2006
- International President, Toastmasters International 2005-2006
- Author: The Path of the Genie — Your Journey to Your Heart’s Desire (Executive Books, 2004)
- 1996, Accredited Speaker, Toastmasters International
- 1992 Second Place, World Championship of Public Speaking
- 1993 Finalist, World Championship of Public Speaking
- Finalist, International Platform Association’s Speaking Ladder
- Fifty awards for public speaking excellence
- Chemistry Quality Award
- Listed in Men of Achievement
- Listed in International Leaders in Achievement
- Listed in Community Leaders of America
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- Wesley Theological Seminary, Master’s Degree, Divinity (Honors), 2015
- Virginia Commonwealth University, Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.), Organic & Polymer Chemistry, 1984
- University of Florida, B.S. Chemistry
- Palm Beach Community College, A.A., Science
- Royal College, Colombo, Sri Lanka GCE A/L Studies, Science