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From Cell to C-suite: Dawn Chamberlain’s Journey from Incarceration to Influence

From Cell to C-suite: Dawn Chamberlain's Journey from Incarceration to Influence
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Dawn Michelle Chamberlain’s story is not that of your conventional business leader. It’s an epic saga of resilience and rebirth, of incarceration and influence, that unfolds over two years, two months, two weeks, and two days – the exact time she spent in a federal prison for running a multi-million dollar criminal enterprise. 

In 2004, Dawn had everything many dreamed of. The CEO of a growing tax preparation agency, she used her knack for numbers to empower her community, helping them leverage tax credits for better financial freedom. Her business, however, had a dark side. In her zealous quest to boost tax returns for her clients, she crossed the ethical and legal line, a misstep that would cost her dearly. 

Fast-forward to 2008, Dawn was implicated in a five-year tax fraud investigation against the United States. In 2013, she was indicted, her world came crashing down in 2014 when she was imprisoned. She lost her business, family, and the life she knew. The farewell gathering she held felt more like a funeral, marking the beginning of a daunting, isolated journey. 

However, her release in 2016 was a turning point. She emerged not a defeated woman, but a fierce leader, driven by the desire to help others and influence the next generation. Today, she’s an international keynote speaker, master trainer, coach, and author, teaching business owners to expand, elevate, and eliminate excuses. Her life story of overcoming failures, including her stint in prison, serves as a catalyst for her audience to embrace their own fierceness. 

As the CEO of Dawn Michelle Enterprises Inc. and the Chief Visionary Officer of Felon Friendly Foundation, she’s dedicated to guiding clients to their ideal business growth and purpose. She’s the mind behind No Hustle University, a unique coaching program that educates entrepreneurs about resources, monetization, compliance, and business ownership. 

Dawn is also recognized for her advocacy for The Second Chance Act and her commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, especially for those affected by the justice system. She chairs the Hooper Councill Positive Potential Project, a nonprofit organization that aids the successful integration of high-risk individuals, enhancing community safety. 

Adding to her accomplishments, Dawn is set to host an upcoming Onstage Plus Network TV series and is pending her new book, “Stop Playing! Get Your Shiii Together: From Fed Life to Legit Business Life.” This book, laden with her personal experiences, will guide readers on establishing successful businesses despite their past or present challenges. 

Dawn Chamberlain’s journey from a Cell to CEO, from federal life to legit life, is an unparalleled tale of resilience and redemption. Are you ready to find your fierceness and stop playing? If yes, Dawn’s story is just the catalyst you need. 

Book Coach Dawn Michelle Today! 

You can connect with Dawn at info@coachdawnmichelle.com, www.coachdawnmichelle.com or Facebook: DawnChamberlain / Instagram: @coachdawnmichelle / Linked In: @coachdawnmichelle / Tik Tok: @coachdawnmichelle or @Iamfelonfriendly on all social media platforms. 

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