Dawn Hetzel, Former Global President of the JCI.
Dawn Hetzel is a global leader with a proven track record of inspiring individuals and teams toward success around the world. She is a focused change maker who is not afraid of a challenge. Utilizing a combination of motivation and empathy, she assists in the development and empowerment of everyone around her. Dawn has 17 years of experience in public speaking and facilitation in front of groups of all sizes- from 2 to 4,000 people. She has delivered keynote speeches, provided motivational sessions, and facilitated trainings in over 60 different countries. As a team leader, Dawn has 12 years of experience leading, managing, and building teams. She has worked with international teams spanning multiple countries and has experience facilitating individuals working and interacting remotely. Dawn also has 15 years of experience in advocacy and negotiation, having worked as a lobbyist at the Indiana State House for six years and an Assistant Attorney General in Michigan for four years. In addition, Dawn has spoken and advocated in front of large international entities such as the International Chamber of Commerce and the United Nations. Dawn is passionate about giving back to her community and building up the next generation of leaders. Dawn joined Junior Chamber International (JCI) Indianapolis in 2002 and over the last 18 years has served in leadership roles at the local, state, national and international levels of the organization. She has dedicated herself to moving the organization forward, while providing support and encouragement for new and emerging leaders. Her notable roles within the organization include 2008 JCI Indiana State President, 2009 JCI USA State Presidents’ Coach, 2012 JCI USA National Vice President, 2014 JCI Executive Vice President for the Americas and 2017 JCI President. In 2018, while serving as the JCI Immediate Past President, Dawn also led the JCI Strategic Planning Committee to develop and present the JCI Strategic Plan for 2019-2023. Dawn continues to support JCI as an alumni member and is currently working for JCI USA as Executive Director. Dawn received a Bachelor’s degree in Business Management from Purdue University in 2000 and post-graduate degrees of Doctor of Jurisprudence and a Masters of Business Administration from Indiana University, Indianapolis, in 2009. She was admitted to the State Bar of Michigan in November 2009. In her spare time Dawn enjoys running and triathlon training. She has completed several half-marathons, marathons, sprint and Olympic distance triathlons, and one half-ironman distance triathlon. On most evenings Dawn can be found at the dog-park with her dog, Toby. .