Meet The Founder

Dawn Nicole McIlwain, CEO & Founder of Queen City Women in Business™, a Certified Woman Owned Business Enterprise (WBE & WOSB), is one of the fastest growing platforms for diverse Women-Owned Businesses seeking to work with major organizations in any, or all sectors.

McIlwain is on a mission to make it easier for women owned businesses to connect to corporate organizations faster, and through the launch of Queen City Women in Business™, a supplier sourcing & development platform with a built-in online community, diverse WBE suppliers & leading corporate buyers have instant, early & often access to each other 24-7.

No stranger to building economies of scale and Start-ups, Dawn Nicole is also a founding partner at Skilldora, a history making AI eLearning provider whose 1st in the world to accredit AI Instructors for educational programming.

Best described as an “Innovative-Visionary” with a background in building globally accredited programs, and developing businesses of all types, Speaker, Author & Economic Developer, Dawn Nicole McIlwain, has worked with some of the world’s top most elite-class companies, Boston Consulting Group, Capital One, TIAA, etc.,

How it All Begin: Ever heard the saying.. "Your Network is your Net Worth"?

Dawn Nicole McIlwain, Founder of Queen City Women in Business™ Inc.

“When I first envisioned Queen City Women in Business (QCWIB), my goal was to connect the women in business in my own network, to the most powerful influential city and corporate leaders, also in my network.

While they all knew me, they didn’t know each other, and this felt like a real miss.

In Charlotte, I’d been many things to many people and reinvented my brand a number of times.

I started as a business coach and brand strategist in 2015, a Triple Certified Enterprise Agile Coach & Global training programs creator by 2019, to finally becoming a cofounder of an AI Based online learning platform for adult learners called Skilldora in 2022.  

I had been active in a variety of sectors in and around Charlotte, interfacing with both corporate & city leaders and B2B consumers. Along the way, I met a ton of likeminded people who all had lots of interest in meeting each other, for various reasons.

Having maxed out of my FB connections and grown my LinkedIn connections to over 26K+ followers, with a plethora of real-world Charlotte business connections, it didn’t take long to realize there was tremendous value in my network, for others.

And this is when the light bulb moment occurred, my passion is connecting powerful people to other powerful people!”

Realizing this I launched the first Queen City Women in Business Breakfast Event in Jan 2023. Designed to be a one-time conference, it quickly became a viral success with attendees wanting more interaction beyond this event.

With this in mind we developed the QCWIB online community and directory and created educational programs.

By August of that same year, we launched the summer installment of the event called “Queen City Women in Business Hat and Tea Lunch”, which proved to be just as successful, if not more than the inaugural event.

From there we knew Queen City Women in Business was more than an event, it had become a movement and a cause, that would allow Charlotte’s Women Business Owners to Connect to local leaders, resources, and opportunities, Collaborate with other movers and shakers and build a sense of business Community. 

Today we’ve grown far beyond Charlotte to become a Nationwide organization serving and supporting all 50 states.

We’ve successfully launched our multichapter model in the States of Indiana and Georgia and beyond. 

Growing nationwide meant Queen City now stood for an online world where women have access to a “Queen-Share” of opportunities. 

While our focus is on women business owners, we invite ALL allies and supporters to our QCWIB events and experiences!

To date 75% of our QCWIB members have reported becoming triple certified,  creating meaningful relationships, closing lucrative business deals, and building major partnerships with local leaders.

Now I’m proud to say, what begin as a need to connect local powerful women in business to other powerful movers and shakers in my network, has become a viral nationwide movement and ever evolving eco-system of thriving partnerships, programs & purpose!

Join our powerful Queen City Women in Business community today and help to make impact!

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