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, more recently she founded Flat Out of Heels, LLC, the creator of the innovative Flat Out rollable flat and Solutions Vending International (SVI), the creator of the Flat Out rollable shoe vending machine. She launched the companies in April 2011 after identifying a need to create a product to provide women with convenient relief after hours of wearing high heels.
Dawn received her B.A. in Journalism from The Ohio State University. She is a graduate of the inaugural class of the Ray Miller Institute of Change and Leadership; A graduate of the United Way Project Diversity; a member of Miami Young Professionals Network; a member of the Miami Dade Chamber of Commerce; and she currently sits on the board of Miami based non-profit. Fashion Inspires More and the Nelson Foundation where she can continue her life’s passion of working with women and minority entrepreneurs to start and scale their small businesses.
Dawn remains a constant community advocate, donating proceeds from Flat Out of Heels purchases to several causes locally and nationally including her most recent involvement with the Lotus House, Miami-Dade Public Schools Project Upstart, Miami Homeless Trust, Be a Role Model, 40 Girls and Some Shoes and AIDS Walk Atlanta, where a portion of proceeds from Flat Out of Heels purchases were generously donated to each organization. Likewise, she has been recognized for her involvement and commitment to sustain awareness about philanthropy by becoming an award recipient of the IUPUI Millennium Scholarship for Philanthropic Studies. Additionally, Dawn was selected to participate in the New ME Accelerator program in San Francisco and recognized as one of the nations top entrepreneurs on the rise.
As an entrepreneur she has won several awards and accolades for her business plan and pitch competitions. Including the following:
-2nd Place National SBA InnovateHER Business Competition (Washington, D.C.,2016)
-1st Place Local SBA InnovateHER Business Challenge (Miami, 2015)
-1st Place PowerMovesNOLA Big Break pitch competition (New Orleans, 2015)
-2nd place REVOLT Music Conference Pitch Competition (Miami, 2014)
-1st Place Shark Attack (Atlanta, 2014)
-1st Place Miller Lite Tap the Future 2 minute pitch competition (Miami, 2014)
-1st Place Tech Cocktail Pitch Competition (Miami, 2014)