Women Athletes Business Network Mentoring Program Dawna Callahan Dawna Callahan is currently serving as the Community Relations Specialist with the Colorado Lottery where to date Lottery revenues have provided $2.7 billion in funding for parks, recreation, open space acquisition, trails and conservation education throughout the state. In addition, she is principal for DND Consulting, LLC, assisting adaptive sport organizations with program development and operations as well as strategic initiatives. Prior to joining the Lottery, Callahan was the Manager of Sport Outreach and Development with the United States Olympic Committee (USOC), Paralympic Division where she played a vital role in growing and developing the Paralympic Movement across the U.S. While at the USOC she also helped create and establish the Paralympic Military Program introducing recently injured service members to adaptive sport. Callahan is extremely passionate about, and a strong advocate for developing adaptive sport initiatives across the country. She gave up a lucrative career in human resources in Silicon Valley where she grew up to become an award-winning community leader in the Denver Metro area. She’s successfully led two Colorado chambers of commerce as Executive Director. Callahan was recognized for her community leadership success by the Denver Business Journal (40 Under 40 Award), a finalist for the 9News (Denver NBC Affiliate) Leader of the Year and completed the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, Institute for Organization Management. As a business professional, she also successfully pursued competitive wheelchair racing having placed 5th in the Boston Marathon in 2010, 1st in Grandma’s Marathon (2010) and Colorado Colfax Marathon (2008). She’s had multiple top finishes in both the Bolder Boulder and Gasparilla 15k. Giving back to the sport community is a priority for Callahan who holds various volunteer leadership positions with the Metro Denver Sports Commission, Disabled Sports USA, Vail Veterans Program and Wheelchair and Ambulatory Sports USA. She completed her Master’s Degree in Recreation Management from San Jose State while also completing graduate studies in Industrial/Organizational Psychology from San Francisco State. Callahan’s diverse experience as a professional in the corporate and nonprofit world, community leadership, formal education and athletic success all put her in a unique position to become a successful business leader. Her ultimate goal is to create more opportunities for youth and adults across the country to experience the power of sport through local sport development initiatives.