Dawn Kaiser is known as the Global Joy Refueler and the author of “Joy Notes: 90 Days of Delight.” She specializes in helping weary, hopeless and stuck entrepreneurs and other professionals to go beyond burnout and experience greater joy and success in their businesses and their lives. Burnout is a place that is personally familiar to Dawn and she shares with thousands of people yearly how she got back up again to create a joy-fueled business and life. She is now on a mission to empower others to live their entrepreneurial and audacious purpose without burning out. She believes that by following the pathway to joy, entrepreneurs can massively impact the world as they rediscover the harmony between health and hustle. The Joy-Fueled Experience™ is based on Dawn’s 20 years of coaching, training and research. She has worked both as an internal and external coach, consultant and learning and development specialist. Dawn has her Masters of Education, PHR, SHRM-CP and a whole host of other alphabet letters, all which boil down to she has experience in business, in Human Resources, leadership and life.
Each year, Dawn is a featured keynote speaker, workshop presenter and retreat leader at more than 40 events across North America, including the Women’s Business Summit, the International Spa Association (ISPA) Conference, the Westburg Symposium, Healthcare Horizon Conference, Mount Carmel Women’s Retreat, Inspire Women’s Conference and Women of Today. She has a passion for empowering others to step out of their comfort zone and into their courage zone where joy abounds and dreams are possible. Dawn has contagious enthusiasm and as one person said, “when you listen to her speak she just makes you feel good about yourself.”
Additionally, Dawn has appeared on the North Dakota Today Show as a regular guest for the past two years and she has published articles in such magazines as Perspectives and ISPA Pulse.
-The Ordinary Me-
The above is my standard bio, the way it is supposed to be done, but the truth is, it makes me sound way more polished and put together than I really am. Now, I want to show you who the everyday, ordinary me is and how I find joy in my journey as I am building a business and a life I love.
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I was born with JOY!
Became a big sister and started learning how to lead (even if she didn’t always follow).
My parents encouraged me to go see the world and so I took a bold leap of faith. I moved 4 hours north to Duluth, MN. (Hey, it was almost in another state!)
Four months after graduating from the University of MN Duluth with a BA in Human Resources, I became a consultant and worked with an amazing group of folks who taught me about joy, leadership and teamwork.
Discovered how to find joy in the midst of a trial when my dad was diagnosed with cancer.
I started volunteering as Director of Children’s Ministry, which allowed me to strengthen my leadership muscle. Plus I got to hang out with students who reminded me how to laugh and find joy in the simple things.
I became an Auntie and started to see joy through a child’s eyes.
Began to daydream about starting my own business which led to Simpliciti Consulting being born. A month later, it got put on hold because I landed my “dream job” and started speaking 125 times a year.
Graduated from the University of Illinois Urbana Champaign with a Masters of Education and went on my first mission trip to Africa.
Began to study joy which lead tot he creation of the Joy-fueled Experience™.
Leapt full-time into being an entrepreneur and published my book “Joy Notes: 90 Days of Delight.”
Held the first Joy-Fueled Retreat in Chicago, IL.
Took my Joy-Fueled classes and retreats on a U.S. Tour and coached 180 leaders.
Took another leap of faith and moved out to Portland, OR to begin working with Africa New Life, while still running my business.
Fun Fact #1
The Auntie: While Dawn doesn’t have any children of her own, she is very active in the life of her niece. She is not above having a dance party in the kitchen, painting joy rocks or going roller skating. (Although that last one didn’t turn out so well.)
Fun Fact #2
The Book Dragon: Dawn has close to 1,000 books in her home and on her Kindle. She believes that although you can’t buy happiness, you can buy books and that’s almost the same kind of thing.
Fun Fact #3
The State Park Enthusiast: Dawn and her niece have explored over 20 state parks and are well on their way to filling their park passport with all 75 Minnesota parks. They have also started exploring National Parks!
Fun Fact #4
The Chocolate Addict: Dawn is addicted to pretty much anything with chocolate in it. She finds no need to overcome this addiction, rather she is all about embracing it and may even consider leading a chocolate retreat in the future.
Fun Fact #5
The Gelato Aficionado: After a trip to Italy and a gelato making class, Dawn has become a fan of eating gelato over ice cream, although she rarely will she turn down ice cream if that what’s being served.
Fun Fact #6
The Water Girl: Dawn loves being by water whether it’s a lake, a river or an ocean. She doesn’t need to swim in it, rather just sit by it and let the calming sounds wash her soul with peace.
Fun Fact #7
The Philanthropist: Dawn sponsors two children over in Africa through World Vision and Africa New Life and has gone on 5 mission trips to the continent to show God’s love to those in need.
Fun Fact #8
The Friend Fan: She has watched the “Friends” series way too many times to count and can usually be heard making some type of “Friends” reference in conversations.
Fun Fact #9
The Wonderer: Dawn has a passionate curiosity and strong desire to chase down answers to profound questions and loves being filled with a sense of wonder as she explores this world.
Fun Fact #10
The Wanderluster: She has a craving to travel this world and explore new places and meet new people. Her goal is to speak in all 50 states and visit all 7 continents before she turns 57!
My Definition of Joy and Success
Success: “To laugh often and much; to win the respect of intelligent people and the affection of children; to earn the appreciation of honest critics and endure the betrayal of false friends; to appreciate the beauty; to find the best in others; to leave the world a bit better, whether by a healthy child, a garden patch or a redeemed social condition; to know even one life has breathed easier because you have lived. This is to have succeeded!”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson