Dawna Stone is an author of 5 books, entrepreneur, self-made millionaire and motivational speaker. Dawna believes her Wall Street finance experience and Fortune 500 Consulting background helped catapult her entrepreneurial success. Dawna launched the award-winning national magazine, Women’s Running, in 2004 and the Women’s Half Marathon Series (5 events across the country—San Diego, CA; Nashville, TN; St. Petersburg, FL; Minneapolis, MN and Scottsdale, AZ) in 2009. She sold both companies to the industry leader in 2012.
In 2015 Dawna launched the St. Pete Wine & Food Festival and LocalsDISH magazine. The festival became a huge success with over 10,000 participants and local and national sponsors.
In additional to speaking all over the country about business success, as a certified health coach, Dawna also appears regularly on local and national television for her health and wellness knowledge. Dawna has appeared on The Today Show, MARTHA, MSNBC, Bethenny, HSN, and morning news programs on all four major networks—NBC, CBS, ABC and FOX. She also hosted her own segment on FOX called “Healthy Living with Dawna Stone” and her own radio show on Sirius Satellite Radio called “Health & Fitness Talk with Dawna Stone.” Dawna regularly writes for popular magazines and websites.
Dawna is a highly sought after speaker and has done speaking engagements for an ever-growing list of corporations and non-profits including Chobani (Women’s Leadership Summit), American Heart Association, Mass Mutual, Wharton Business School, Women’s Entertainment Television, PGA Tour, Disney, Super Bowl Leadership Forum, Susan G. Komen, The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America, Women in Philanthropy, Bay Care Health Systems and the Snowmass Wellness Expo to name a few.
Prior to becoming an entrepreneur, Dawna was a Financial Analyst for Wall Street investment bank Morgan Stanley, a strategy consultant for Deloitte Consulting, the President of a $20 million sports nutrition company, the Senior VP of Operations at a large dot.com and Chief Marketing Officer for a $700 million dollar publicly traded company.
In 2005, Dawna appeared on and won NBC’s “The Apprentice: Martha Stewart.” She spent the following year working closely with Martha Stewart developing a variety of projects for Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia
Dawna is about to launch her latest book, Book Accelerator—How to Write a Bestseller in 16 Weeks: Boost Your Business, Increase Your Income and Get Noticed! The book is part of an online and group-coaching program designed to help people publish a book that will take them to the next level in their life and careers.
Dawna has an undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley and an MBA from the Anderson School of Business at UCLA. Dawna is also an avid runner and triathlete having competed in every distance from a 5k fun run to the Hawaii Ironman. She lives in St. Petersburg, FL with her husband, nine-year-old daughter, eight-year-old son and 17-year-old “puppy.”