Diversity and Mentorship In Investing
Dawn Dobras is focused on three sectors of leadership: Board Membership & Consulting, CEO consulting and Start-up advising. She is a recognized retail CEO and entrepreneur, who has built consumer businesses from start-up to private equity backed and public companies. After a successful corporate career, including 13 years at Gap Inc, Dawn built consumer brands in beauty, fashion and home with a deep focus on retail, DTC and omni-channel in settings.
As former CEO of Credo Beauty (largest clean beauty retailer in the US), Dawn led a high growth and innovation culture which FastCo recognized as the “World’s Most Innovative Beauty Company” in 2021. In addition to growing the company by 4x, she led the launch of private label brands, a BIPOC accelerator program for clean beauty and strategic partnership with Ulta Beauty.
She has a unique ability to be the champion for the customer, unlocking revenue growth, customer loyalty, and amplifying the brand story. Her long track record of achieving high growth through innovation and creating fast moving “test and learn” culture, results in businesses that outpace the industry. Dawn is passionate about building high performance teams through coaching and has a leadership style that energizes others around collaboration and genuine enthusiasm for building business together.
Ms. Dobras is currently an Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Harvard Business School’s Rock Center for Entrepreneurship with a focus of supporting female and BIPOC founders. She has served on the Stocker Foundation Board for 20 years including 8 years as Investment Chair, which funds early childhood STEM literacy for economically disadvantaged populations. She speaks on topics including female leadership, ESG and entrepreneurship. Dawn is an active angel investor and engaged start-up advisor in the sustainability, consumer and supply chain space.