Bold, Brilliant, and Best Practice driven, Dawn Kirk has epitomized consistent excellence in and out of the boardroom. Dubbed one of Georgia’s 100 Most Powerful and Influential Women, Dawn’s real-life approach towards professional and lifestyle management has supported an impressive 26-year corporate climb to senior executive levels at two, Fortune 100 Corporations. Dawn challenges the status quo and is goal and solutions-oriented. Her core values are Faith, Family, Integrity, Wellness, Diversity/Inclusion, Leadership, and Continuous Learning. Dawn’s family have inspired her mission to demonstrate for professionals how you can have a family and excel in the workplace. She is married to her husband of over 25 years and has two talented sons.
-26 years of corporate leadership, 16 years as a senior- executive level.
-Due to leadership strengths, Dawn had only three interviews in her career advancing with 50% lateral moves and 50% promotions to higher roles.
-As Vice President of Sales and Operations for the Southeast at Coca-Cola Refreshments, she led a cross-functional team of over 5,000 associates with revenue of over $2.8B.
-As a servant leader, Dawn pioneered the advancement of diversity and inclusion through her works with Business Resource Groups and Councils
-Gained experience in organizational transformations, reorganizations, and descaling businesses across industry verticals
-Coached, trained, and developed 10,000+ people in Fortune 100 companies.
-Dawn birthed BestU4Life LLC as a catalyst to pour into the lives of other professionals to help them design and live their best life through transformational coaching and leadership development.
"I understand the challenges of running the business while transforming the organization. I show you how to close the gap between strategy and execution to deliver results!"-Dawn S. Kirk
I have been coaching leaders for over two decades for Fortune 100 companies, and educational background is in Business Administration (BA), Accounting. My career began in the CPG industry at Frito-Lay, Inc. Throughout my 18.5 years with Frito-Lay, I was in eight Sales Leadership and cross-functional roles in Finance, Operations, Marketing, and National Account Sales enabling me to reach the senior executive level. After resigning as Director of National Accounts-Drug Channel from Frito-Lay, I joined CCE as the Vice President of Sales and Operations Planning and quickly promoted to Market Unit Vice President within six months of joining the organization. At that time, CCE has just integrated with the Coca-Cola Company's North America operations and became known as Coca-Cola Refreshments (CCR). I was able to demonstrate my ability to quickly build trust and navigate a large organization through an imminent transition. In 2013, I was promoted to Vice President of Sales and Operations for the Southeast Region. I led a sales and merchandising organization of over 2,000 associates. Our team represented 30% of the East Region's volume and profits with over 160MM cases sold that represented $1.6B in revenue annually. In 2014, CCR reorganized it’s East Region, and my Sales and Merchandising Organization became comprised of 5500 associates, with six vice presidents as direct reports. While leading this team, we were responsible for $2.8 billion in revenue, with a $380M operating budget. My professional experiences afforded me the opportunity to coach and develop many as well as lead in a variety of Employee Resource Groups, including the Coca-Cola East Region Diversity and Inclusion Council and Multicultural Leadership Council. I am immensely passionate about leadership and the development of others. I am proud to have set an example for young men and women of how to navigate a successful career and live a fulfilling life as a spouse and parent. In addition to my professional experience, I am certified by the John Maxwell Team, Career Direct, Personality I.D., The Health Coach Institute (Life & Health Coaching), and C.E. credit from the International Coach Federation. I am also the co-author of the best-seller "The Success Blueprint" with Brian Tracy.
2013- Corporate Phenomenal Woman Award by The Black Women’s Expo in Chicago, Illinois.
2014- Georgia’s 100 Most Powerful and Influential Women by Women Works Media Group in
2015- VIP Woman of the Year Circle by the National Association of Professional Women
2016- Awarded best-selling author by National Academy of Best Selling Authors for the book co-authored with Brian Tracy, "The Success Blueprint".
Nov. 2017 & 2018- Appearance on "Married to Medicine" for Lifestyle Coaching
Feb. 2016- Cover Feature by the Atlanta Tribune – "The Women of Coca-Cola - 17
Game Changers Tell Us Their Secrets to Success."