Dawn W. Dickson is a serial entrepreneur with over 15 years of experience in marketing and business development. She launched three successful cash flow positive companies since 2002, her most recent ventures Flat Out of Heels, LLC and Solutions Vending International (SVI) in April 2011 after identifying a need to create a product to provide women with convenient relief after hours of wearing high heels.
Dawn has received numerous awards and accolades for her business savvy and pitching skills, recently taking home the $25,000 cash prize at Essence Festival for winning the PowerMovesNOLA ‘Big Break’ pitch competition. As an entrepreneur Dawn has been invited to speak on numerous panels and workshops and featured in countless media outlets including Upscale Magazine, the Miami Times, The Miami Herald, Ebony.com, Women’s World Daily, and the CNBC/Yahoo series ‘The Biz Fix’ with Marcus Lemonis in May 2014.
A recognized millennial leader, Dawn is featured in Who’s Who in Black Columbus, Who Who’s in Black Atlanta, honored as one of Legacy Miami’s Top 40 Under 40 Black Leaders in South Florida, and listed among the ‘50 Young Visionary Women Leaders to Watch in 2015’ by Innov8tiv Magazine. Dawn is a member of the Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce and currently sits on the boards of Fashion Inspires More and the Nelson Foundation where she can continue her life’s passion of working with women and minority entrepreneurs.
A native of Columbus, Ohio, Dawn received her B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University, she currently resides in Miami, FL with her 11 year-old daughter, Nia.
[Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.]
Programming descriptions are generated by participants and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of SXSW.