The Wooden Floor CEO Dawn S. Reese is Today’s Honoree

Dawn S. Reese, Chief Executive Officer of The Wooden Floor, is a social innovator who leverages her unique blend of expertise in business, technology, education and the arts to passionately break down socioeconomic barriers to propel young people forward. 100 percent of The Wooden Floor’s graduates finish high school on-time and immediately enroll in higher education through the power of dance and access to tools to make them college-competitive. Most students of The Wooden Floor are classified by HUD as extremely low income, and most are the first in their family to enter higher education.

Dawn S. Reese has leveraged over 25 years of business and nonprofit management experience to be a life-changer for low-income youth and help propel The Wooden Floor forward. Dawn’s unique blend of talent and experience working in business, arts, education, and technology adds to the mission-driven, business-minded focus of The Wooden Floor.

During Dawn’s eight-year tenure, she was promoted from General Manager and Chief Financial Officer to Executive Director and Co-CEO in 2012, and in 2016 she was promoted to Chief Executive Officer. She has created organizational clarity focusing on aligning priorities with delivering impressive programs, increasing visibility, and driving results for the $3.2M organization. Dawn led the efforts to take The Wooden Floor’s model national and signed their first licensed partner in Washington, DC in November 2015 and recently announced plans to expand in Santa Ana to serve 100 more students in 2017.

Dawn is a coach, mentor, consultant, and national conference presenter on the topics of strategic planning, board governance, leadership development, and youth development, as well as college access.

Dawn began the first 10 years of her career with The Oaktree Consulting Group, a management consulting firm specializing in CEO Coaching for the high technology industry, and this is where she learned the best practices of business strategies and corporate governance. Dawn received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from California State University Long Beach and she lives in Huntington Beach with her husband.

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