Dawn Christian is the Head of Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity & Cultural Marketing at GCI Health, a Belonging Speaker + Thought Leader. She proudly lives her identities out loud as unapologetically BIPOC, a woman, and a mother. This intersectionality drives her and fuels her leadership as an IDEAS (Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, Access, and Social Consciousness) Champion & Practitioner. In this inaugural role for GCI Health, Dawn is a certified IED practitioner. She leverages 22 years of healthcare industry experience to spearhead the development of the IED strategic plan including, implementing the agency’s multicultural marketing offerings executing culturally competent learning and development, establishing our corporate social responsibility activations and partnerships, and establishing our IED thought leadership point-of-view and engagements.
Inspired by two decades of corporate experience – often being the “only one in the room” – her methodology is anchored on a simple concept: belonging. Belonging is the foundation of all her work. At GCI Health, Dawn strives to make IED the standard in all we do – not an add-on. Dawn leads belonging, inclusion, and diversity initiatives by counseling and coaching senior-level executives and staff on nurturing and developing a culture of inclusion.
Dawn is a sought-after speaker, podcast contributor, and IDEAS advisor. She has been a recurring speaker, keynote, panelist, and moderator at FiercePharma, The Public Affairs Council, Women in Research (WIRE), The Global Fluency Summit, Cornell University Johnson Graduate School of Management Diversity Summit, and the ZeroGap.co Global Leadership Summit. Dawn’s perspective has also been featured on the Stay Awhile, Power Banking, and Global Fluency podcasts. Dawn is a recurring Belonging, Diversity, and Inclusion thought leadership columnist on FairPlayTalks.com.
In 2021, Dawn was recognized as a National Diversity & Leadership Conference Leadership Excellence Awardee. In 2020, Dawn was appointed strategic counsel for the Insights Association’s Board of Directors founding the IDEA Council. She is a member of ColorComm, Raise Your Voice Op-ed Cohort, Ellevate, Forte Foundation, INROADS, Management Leaders for Tomorrow, and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.