Each member of our broad brings a unique perspective that makes the work we do possible. Fresh ideas, innovative spirit, and the desire to impact lives effected by extreme poverty, is what unifies our team.
Dawn Airhart Witte
Founder of Desire to Inspire
Entrepreneur, author, international speaker and philanthropist Dawn Airhart Witte has a mission: to inspire people around the world to find their purpose and live it! She is a certified life coach and the founder of the Desire to Inspire Foundation, a non-profit organization that connects with communities around the world to break cycles of extreme poverty. Dawn has also penned several books, including Be… which imparts an important message about perseverance, purpose and putting kindness out into the world.
Though she’s involved in many projects, Dawn’s most proud of her role as a mom to two daughters. Nurturing their hearts and spirits drives a deep desire to do the same for children everywhere. And Dawn is doing exactly that through Desire to Inspire and purposeful trips around the world providing much-needed assistance in the form of clean water, education, clothing, food, books and love. It was after her first trip to Africa that Dawn fell in love with the community there and saw for the first time what she wanted her life’s work to be.
Today the foundation is in the process of building sustainability centers that will combine real world training with transformational life coaching principles to help people discover and use their talents to support themselves, their families, and communities.
Prior to following her passion to improve the world, Dawn held a number of leadership positions. She served as PTA President, NCL-LA Founder Chapter President, Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA), Big Sister, Public Works Commissioner for the City of La Canada Flintridge, and many others. She attended Cornell University and earned certification in Animal Assisted Therapies from Harcum College.
Dawn recently received an Honorary Doctorate in Humanitarianism from the Global International Alliance. She is the 2021 Women of Achievement Ms. Elite Southern California titleholder and was recently appointed as Chaplain of the USA Ladies of All Nations International (LOANI) group for California. Through each experience, she has learned a great deal about leadership and the importance of inspiring people to greatness.
Through each experience, she has learned a great deal about leadership and the importance of inspiring people to greatness.
Dawn is regularly featured across all forms of media, including MTVRock.com, iHeartRadio, Well World TV, The Balance Doctor, The Naked Truth Podcast, Nora Gouma Magazine, Writersinterviews.com, the BS3 Sports and Music Show, Indie Music Discovery, Arainofthought.com and more.
In addition to helping others through coaching and her foundation, Dawn is currently working on a branded skincare and fragrance line which will help raise money for her sustainability projects in Africa.
No matter the challenge, Dawn believes in Pamela Leo’s words, “Children need at least one person in their life who thinks the sun rises and sets on them, who delights in their existence, and loves them unconditionally.”