Dawn Leaks is CEO of The Lioness Group, a mass media company dedicated to creating innovative ways to empower and engage women around the globe. Under her direction, the company’s popular digital magazine, Lioness, has grown exponentially, adding live and virtual events, coaching, mentoring, training and leadership programming to its offerings.
She was named the “Top Woman in Life/Business Coaching” by Western Mass Women Magazine in 2015 and that same year was honored with the BusinessWest 40 Under Forty award. Dawn is on the Board of Directors for New England Public Radio Inc. and is a proud member of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc. She is the former state director of communications at the American Red Cross where she managed public affairs for the organization after the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing.
Dawn is a powerful teacher and trainer, providing leadership development workshops and classes to corporations across Western Massachusetts. An Adjunct Professor at Hampshire College, she has also served as an adjunct professor at Bay Path University and has guest lectured at the UMass Amherst Isenberg School of Management as well as Smith College.
She attended North Carolina A & T State University in Greensboro, North Carolina and earned a B.S. in Business from Bay Path University. She has an MBA in Entrepreneurial Thinking and Innovation as well as a Master’s in Communication and Information Management from Bay Path University. Dawn holds coaching and training certifications from The John Maxwell Team, Dream University and Leadership Greater Hartford. She resides in Springfield, Massachusetts and is an avid R & B Soul Line Dancer and Netflix watcher.