Compelling confidence, Dawn’s message will resonate with youth and adult audiences.
“Making a difference in the world takes a strong voice and a powerful presence. A group of 30 students gathered, prepared to be bored and disengaged; they were anything but as soon as Dawn spoke. She pulled each student into her story, teased out emotions they like to keep hidden, and fully engaged them with her interactive style of speaking. She held their attention long after they would normally be ready to move on to something else. By answering questions, speaking from her heart, and building a connection with them she was able to impart a very powerful message to them- Accept your self for who you are.”
– Dr. Synthia Parish-Duehn, Principal of Prosser Falls/Special Services Director/HIB Compliance Officer/504 Coordinator
***** Keynotes *****
Choosing to Be YOU
Most of us, especially young people, feel pressured to fit in. We are often told what we should do, who we should or should not spend our time with, and even how to think. But the only person qualified to make those sorts of choices is YOU. This presentation addresses:
- Dealing with outside influences that affect the decision-making process
- Weighing the needs of others against your own
- Considering the ramifications of each decision (Who are you doing it for, really?)
- Becoming more attractive to others, regardless of your appearance.
Through her personal stories and challenges, Dawn conveys how we all make choices that determine our identity, including how we are seen by others. Worrying less about what others think gives youth a positive tool for combating the effects of bullying.
Another Face of Diversity (Relating to People with Facial Differences)
Curiosity is normal. It’s part of being human. So are assumptions. In a society in which people often judge by appearance, people with a facial difference have to deal with the adverse effects of both curiosity and assumptions on almost a daily basis. This presentation will:
- Explore our reality- What it means to be living with a facial difference
- Examine common biases and assumptions associated with facial differences
- Shift your perspective in terms of the way you regard people with facial differences
- Increase your ability to respectfully interact with them.
Through her personal stories and challenges, Dawn conveys what life is like for people with “different” faces, both in society and in the workplace.
This session is accredited by the Human Resources Certification Institute (HRCI): “ORG-PROGRAM-161375”
Dawn and her husband Ian
Living Beyond the Reflection
What we see in the mirror can be a source of disappointment and stress, yet each of us have a set of talents and experiences that make us unique. In this presentation, I will:
- Demonstrate how attitude trumps appearance
- Give you tools to recognize your positive attributes
- Increase your understanding of the choices you have and how they affect your life, which is a key step toward taking control.
It’s up to each of us to find our own form of happiness and satisfaction by learning to live from the inside out.
If you are interested in having Dawn speak to your employees, association, class or organization about these or related topics, please reach out to her via the contact page.
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Previous Speaking Engagements:
- Mount Mourne School, Mooresville, NC
- Port of Seattle Diversity Group
- Ocean Shores Eagles and Community Toastmasters
- Puget Sound Community School
- The Bremerton Eagles
- Prosser Falls High School
- Prosser High School
- Silverwood School
- Poulsbo Rotary Club
- Happy Trails Horsemanship at Faire Moon Equine
- Salvation Army Women’s League
- East Bremerton Rotary
- North Mason Rotary
- Rotary Club of Gig Harbor North
- West Sound Human Resource Management Association
- Bainbridge Business Connection
- Society of Women Engineers (Region A Conference)
What people are saying about Dawn as a speaker:
“The best part was when Dawn acknowledged that her face was in fact an asset that is serving her to be a messenger and to spread the concepts of acceptance and embracing differences in this world. In this way, she is so powerful. Because she is not the victim, she is in fact the fortunate soul that gets to find out what really makes a person lovable, worthy, beautiful….In my mind, this is a lesson that we all can learn.” – Katherine Van Slyke, CPC, ACC Intality, Professional Health Coaching www.intality.com
“I attended the West Sound HR Management Association (WSHRMA) chapter lunch on January 8th and found Dawn Shaw’s session to be informative, balanced, and insightful. I was particularly taken by her generosity in sharing her experience which contributed to the value of lessons I learned from her presentation.” – Michele Roberts, SPHR Membership Director for the West Sound Human Resources Management Association
“Her presentation was funny, informative and inspiring!” –Carol Blakley, Wounded Warrior Coordinator and Disabilities POC, Office of Civilian Human Resources, Silverdale, WA
“Dawn broke down barriers to understanding how to relate to people with facial differences. I connected to her story right away. I appreciated her personal story and strength. She answered the questions many might wonder, such as what it was like growing up, the challenges of courting, and day to day difficulties.” – Bill Breakey, Human Resources consultant; member, WSHRMA
“I love that Dawn doesn’t let her difference slow her down. She has a great personality and lets it shine through to where you don’t even notice the difference anymore.” –Trisha Gatch, stage manager and event coordinator, Admiral Theater
“What impacted me the most is when Dawn emphasized the importance of not giving up and using ‘disadvantages’ to my advantage. This was a very encouraging event. I was born with a physical difference so it hit home” – Francis Jacobson
“As a school employee working with young children I appreciate Dawn’s direct approach with kids. I would love to see her with my students.” –Mary Jane Magnenat
“I was impacted by hearing, face to face, her story and experiences. This helps me feel existentially how she feels.” – Dave Kragen, Bainbridge Business Cooperative
“I admire Dawn’s determination and perseverance to live a positive, normal life. She has a very powerful story.” –Stan Liebenberg, retired veterinarian; member, Rotary Club of Gig Harbor
“Dawn kept our club interested and entertained throughout her talk. We laughed with her, we were inspired by her and when she finished we were better people for having listened to her message.” – Pete Buechel, President, North Mason Rotary
“Dawn has a desire and an ability to take what very easily could have made her bitter and introverted and uses it instead to better other lives as well as her own. She is complicated, in a good way, but awesome!” –Sherry Wallmark, co-owner Roze-El Stables
“Dawn’s talk far exceeded expectations. She blew the veil off a sensitive topic and helped give much better perspective on people who may generally appear to be physically different. Several members of our Club have approached me since her talk to say how much they appreciated her message.” – Victor Ulsh, Program Chairman, East Bremerton Rotary
“As Dawn was speaking, so many different things were impacting me. I was gathering ‘tools’ as a person, mom, grandma to be a person who doesn’t see people’s differences, but rather how we can connect. But as soon as she said ‘asset,’ it was like AHA! That is how we should live life- looking for the way to see all the package that we are as an asset to ourselves and others.” –Connie Bohannon
“Dawn Shaw spoke at my horsemanship camp and demonstrated one of her Icelandic horses. At the end of the day, all the kids were eager to tell arriving parents of their adventure and the ‘the cool lady~Miss Dawn, with the different smile and pretty horse.’ She definitely reached them all on some level!!!” – Amy Carpenter, Administrator, Happy Trails Horsemanship at Faire Moon Equine
“Dawn Shaw has a message that everyone needs to hear. Her personal story of courage, perseverance, and self-examination is inspiring. She has a unique ability to captivate and engage an audience with humor, stories, and gravitas. Dawn’s message is ideal for people of all ages and backgrounds. They will walk away with a deeper appreciation for life and overcoming adversity…and with a smile on their face!” – Dan Weedin, Consultant & Speaker; Member of the Poulsbo Rotary Club
“Making a difference in the world takes a strong voice and a powerful presence. On April 22, 2013 Dawn Shaw used her gift of strong voice and powerful presence to make a difference to students at Prosser Falls High School. A group of 30 students gathered, prepared to be bored and disengaged; they were anything but as soon as Dawn spoke. She pulled each student into her story, teased out emotions they like to keep hidden, and fully engaged them with her interactive style of speaking. She held their attention long after they would normally be ready to move on to something else. By answering questions, speaking from her heart, and building a connection with them she was able to impart a very powerful message to them- Accept your self for who you are. A simple concept that these particular students struggle with every day from the minute they wake up. I plan on having her return annually to speak to the students at the school. Dawn definitely changed the way everyone involved at Prosser Falls views things.” – Dr. Synthia Parish-Duehn, Principal of Prosser Falls/Special Services Director/HIB Compliance Officer/504 Coordinator
“I attended Dawn’s presentation on Tuesday April 22nd at Prosser Falls High School. I thought that Dawn was very honest in her presentation. I think that people of all ages and backgrounds would greatly benefit from hearing Dawn’s story. I easily related to Dawn and some of the struggles that she encountered growing up. Dawn seemed at ease when speaking to the students. She encouraged questions and was willing to answer anything they asked. The students talked about the presentation back in the classroom and they all had positive things to say. I heard a couple of students say that Dawn ‘was brave.'” – Beth Wyant, Paraprofessional, Prosser High School, Prosser, WA.
“Dawn’s story speaks volumes about struggle, perseverance, self discovery, and acceptance. The particular events of her life have thematic parallels to so many different trials that people confront, and the perspective that she has grown and nurtured through the events of her own life can be a real comfort to others.” – Ian McFeron, Singer/songwriter/musician | www.ianmcferon.com
“Dawn came to our school to talk to middle schoolers about growing up with a facial deformity. My goal in inviting her was to help students this age develop understanding for and appreciation about people with differences instead of making fun of them, which seems to be the more common reaction. The nature of Dawn’s presentation made this a complete success. She was able to share in such a deep, personal way that the students could relate to her on a personal level. Instead of seeing someone who is different, they saw someone who is the same.” – Andrew Smallman | Director, Puget Sound Community School, Seattle, WA
“Dawn Shaw brings an honest and compelling message to young audiences. She teaches her audience how to interact with people who look different in a way that is sensitive and sincere. Her presentation at Silverwood School resonated with all our students as embodied by this student reaction: ‘It was cool to hear about how much courage she had to accomplish her goals and inspire other kids. It helped kids to know how you are on the inside is what counts.'” – Susan Radtke, Head of School, Silverwood School, Poulsbo, WA