Dawna is the National Program Manager of Colgate-Palmolive Company’s “Bright Smiles, Bright Futures”. For 16 years, she has managed the company’s integrated dental health awareness initiative that is targeted at children and families across the United States. With demonstrated experience in public relations, event marketing, media relations, and coalition-building, she utilizes these skills to access more than 12 million children annually on behalf of Colgate. Dawna is charged with building and managing external and internal partnerships. Her past work experience includes:
- A Vice President of Event Marketing for GW&J Marketing Communications where she created Western Union International’s community outreach efforts to emerging markets in more than 32 ethnic communities throughout the nation and abroad.
- Manager of Public Relations and Public Affairs for the New York Daily News. In this role, she implemented media relations strategies, public affairs programs and special events for daily newspaper.
- Director of Public Relations at Circulation Experti, Ltd. where she launched her career after a 10 year stint –through high school and college. There she served as lead on several accounts including, Seven-Up, Philip Morris, Ciba-Geigy, Cheseborough-Pond’s, Wonder Bread and Miller Brewing.
Dawna is a graduate of Fordham University (MA/BA-English Literature) and she attended George Washington University as an undergraduate.
Her career in community outreach is reward in itself, however she has been a member of, or a recipient of honors from many respected organizations. These organizations include: NAACP, Committee for Hispanic Children and Families, Continental Societies, Inc., National Council of Negro Women, Inc., Selective Corporate Internship Programs, The LINKS Incorporated, Sister to Sister, New York Black Agency Executives, Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., New York Women’s Agenda; Jack & Jill; and she was the recipient of the Estee Lauder/Project Legacy’s “Pearl Award” for her “can-do” spirit.
Dawna Michelle serves on the board of Black Women’s Agenda and was named National Chair of the Bethune Height Recognition Program for the National Council of Negro Women, Inc.
Her expertise in community outreach and volunteerism, has lead Dawna Michelle to be a speaker and panelist at many forums, including The 2014 International Association of Volunteer Efforts in Brisbane, Australia.
Dawna Michelle resides Westchester County and is an Elder at the First Presbyterian Church of Mount Vernon, NY. She also spends time at her family’s homesteads in rural Virginia and North Carolina.
“If I can help somebody, as I pass along; if I can cheer somebody, with a word or song; if I can show somebody, how they’re travelling wrong; then my living shall not be in vain.”