About Dale Dobson

As to Iconiclinx’s effectiveness in assisting you to activate your branding efforts, the founder of Iconiclinx, Dale Dobson,  is a highly skilled entrepreneurial executive, producer and artist.

She was the Executive Director of Maysles Documentary Center (MDC) from 2017-2023, a nonprofit leader in documentary film exhibition and education, founded by documentary film pioneer, Albert Maysles. At MDC, she increased the organization’s brand visibility through event partnerships with associates that included: Harlem Stage, Film at Lincoln Center, The Cannes Film Festival and the European Union. During Dale’s tenure at MDC, earned revenues and contributions increased upwards of 200%.  

Business Achievements

Dale honed her product and media licensing expertise at Bill Gates’ privately owned film and photo archive, Corbis. Clients included HBO, Viacom, and the Bram Stoker: Dracula Estate.. She was responsible for more than two million dollars in annual revenue where she exceeded targets each year of her 14-year tenure.

As a founding committee member of the Ralph Ellison Memorial Committee (REMC), Dale co-led a Community Engagement campaign that linked public support and philanthropists with local politicians to preserve Ellison’s legacy as one of the most important authors and cultural figures of the 20th century. Through a variety of fundraising events and artistic endeavors, the Committee raised more than a half million dollars in public and private funds. The outcome was the commission of a commemorative sculpture by the lauded African American Sculptor, Elizabeth Catlett, memorializing Ralph Ellison’s work and cultural contributions.

In 2023, Dale and the Committee Chairman, architect John Reddick, reconvened to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the monument with its partners– The Studio Museum in Harlem; Harlem Stage; The National Jazz Museum; Riverside Park Conservancy; Music on the Inside; The Schomburg Center and Maysles Documentary Center, for a series of public events across multiple artistic mediums –keeping the Ellison legacy alive and visually prominent in New York City’s Harlem community–one of the renowned artistic and cultural destinations in the world.

As the exclusive licensing agent for Maysles Films, LLC, Albert Maysles private company now led by his daughter, Rebekah, Dale oversees and negotiates the distribution rights of iconic documentaries including: Gimme Shelter, Grey Gardens and Salesman.

Dale’s culturally rich background informs her acute aesthetic awareness. That awareness is directly linked to her extensive global travels. She grew up in NYC, the Caribbean and Italy and now owns a home in Puglia.

Her appreciation of film is due to her father’s influence; he was a willing accomplice in  relieving her of the drudgery of a school day to join him for all-day movie marathons in New York City’s then decaying cinema palaces. Her obsession with beautiful objects and interior design began early, studying rooms from Architectural Digest, World of Interiors and Southern Accents. She often accompanied her mother on her decorating excursions to select distinctive fabrics and furnishings. It was then that she discovered Liberty of London, David Hicks and a host of other iconic brands and interior design styles. Her work with design luminaries such as her association with Mario Buatta and work withJan Kath Rugs boasts her love of color and sumptuous detail.

As an artist, Dale is currently developing a collection of custom made tiles and textiles inspired by the Puglian countryside where she is restoring two historic properties,  IL Colibri (The Hummingbird).

Dale  is a graduate of Barnard College with a Bachelor’s degree in Foreign Areas Studies, with a minor in Political Science and concentration in Italian. She holds a Certificate in Collective Leadership Supervisor Training from John Jay College of Criminal Justice. An astrology enthusiast, Dale is a Virgo and self-described “kitchen witch” who loves to cook and host dinner parties, large and small.