Terri McCormick Ph.DChief Thought Leader


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McCormick Dawson is passionate about solving policy challenges and impacting results with the strategic use of knowledge, analytics, and leadership development. Dr. McCormick Dawson's public policy work has won numerous state and national awards: including the Eisenberg Award from the Wisconsin Public Defender's Office; the Scales of Justice Award from the Wisconsin State Bar; Best Business Practice Award from the Small Business Administration in Washington DC; as well as numerous other recognition for her pioneering work in the state's first competitive prescription drug purchasing pool.


  • US Delegate to the International Peace Institute

    McCormick Dawson was the US Delegate to the International Peace Institute at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario. She is a graduate of the 2002 Bowhay Institute in Legislative Leadership Development from the Lafollette Institute of Public Affairs at the University of Wisconsin.

  • Master's Degree in Administrative Leadership

    Terri McCormick Dawson holds a Bachelor's Degree, magna cum laude, Political Science and European Studies, from the University of Wisconsin, as well as a Master's Degree in Administrative Leadership, highest honors, from Marian University. Additionally she holds credentials from Lawrence University, and has conducted graduate work at the University of Windsor in Political Theory.

  • Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership Studies

    McCormick Dawson completed her Doctorate of Philosophy in Leadership Studies in May of 2015 with a specialization in public policy and communications. She currently is heading up a consortium to found the nation's first Center for the Study of Political Leadership. She continues to consult with private firms, non-profits, NGOs, and government agencies in the area of public policy leadership and strategic communications.