Dawn was educated at Michigan State University with a BA in Advertising.

1989-90 – She was Watch Captain on board Maiden.

1996 – As CEO and captain of America True, Dawn was the first woman to manage an America’s Cup sailing team. She’s raced on four Americas Cup campaigns and two Whitbread (now Volvo Ocean Race) in the 1993-4 race she was Skipper of Heineken.

Dawn is a former president of the Women’s Sport Foundation and President, founded by Billie Jean King and is active in many public service and political activities. Dawn serves as a board member of the NGB – US Sailing and the SCS Democratic Club.

She was co-author of ‘Taking the Helm’ an autobiographical story of the Round the World Race.

Dawn is a television commentator and experienced public speaker, she has spoken on topics ranging from entertaining adventure stories to motivational seminars in team building and personal success.


Dawn’s newest challenge is creating and running Oakcliff Sailing Center, a unique training and coaching centre that is Building American Leaders through sailing. Dawn believes that this centre will prove to be significant in creating leaders inside and outside the marine industry.

She considers herself to be a well–rounded accomplished businesswoman, community leader and youth sports advocate, author, speaker, TV commentator and committed philanthropist.

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