Susan Dawson, President of E3 Alliance, on Business and Educational Reform
December 30, 2019 | by Emily Cheston

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Susan Dawson, President of E3 Alliance, is a Texas entrepreneur, business and civic leader. She founded and leads E3 Alliance (Education Equals Economics), a regional non-profit collaborative to increase economic outcomes by aligning our education systems to fulfill the potential of every student. E3 Alliance has been recognized across the country, including by the White House and the US Department of Education, as a unique model of objective and ground-breaking work in building systemic change for education.

Ms. Dawson is former president of Athens Group, an employee-owned consulting firm integrating technology strategy and software solutions. Before co-founding Athens Group, Ms. Dawson was president of multiple successful technology ventures and was Computer Integrated Manufacturing Manager for Motorola’s Semiconductor Product Sector.

After being diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in the spring of 2016 and metastatic cancer in 2019, Ms. Dawson became very involved in working to improve the cancer research, prevention, and clinical care infrastructure in Austin and Texas. She is founder and co-Chair of Central Texas Addressing Cancer Together (CTX-ACT), a broad coalition created to redesign the ecosystem for indigent cancer care in the Central Texas region, and has has worked closely with the Cancer Prevention and Research Institute of Texas (CPRIT) to enhance research grantmaking in Texas.

Ms. Dawson has a BS in Civil Engineering Cum Laude from Princeton and an MBA with highest honors from The University of Texas McCombs School of Business.