fbpx
Connect with us
Apply Now

Entrepreneurship

How A Girl Without A Degree Co-founded A Human Resources Consulting Firm, A Founder’s Story with Dawn Myers

Dawn Myers has over 25 years of human resources expertise in the hotel and non-profit industries. Her genuine character and openness about her mental health struggles, accomplishments, and failures have made her a thought leader and in-demand consultant.
Tell us about your childhood and where you grew up?
I was the middle daughter (of five) and grew up on the other side of a dairy farm in Lemon Grove, CA.
How did you get started as an entrepreneur? 
I grew up in a family that was in survival mode and was never encouraged to further my education. I knew I needed to work and that is what I did. After years of doing so for a large non-profit organization, I found myself burnout and I looked to find a career I could be passionate about and help improve the lives of others. That led me to take a temporary position in human resources at a run-down hotel, but hey it got my foot in the door to the world of hospitality. Little did I know that one decision would change the trajectory of my life. I was kept on at that dumpy hotel until decided to close for an extensive renovation project. At that time, my main concern was helping our employees find new homes. So, I taught them how to write a resume, interview, and then hosted job fairs with neighboring hotels. I assumed I would be the 137th employee laid off, but that wasn’t the case at all. They asked me to join their executive team as Director of Human Resources and open the new hotel (Marriott). It was absolutely surreal. From there, doors began to open, I was elected president of the Hospitality Human Resources Association and was offered an Adjunct Instructor position for the HR Certificate program and San Diego State University Global Campus, where I continue to teach. After 18 years in hospitality, I became a Strategic Human Resource Consultant for a Professional Employer Organization. It was there that I met my (now) business partner. We both wanted to help small businesses thrive, but were frustrated by our inability to provide our clients with what they needed, due to the limitations imposed on us. It was out of that passion and disappointment that Guided Leadership Solutions was born – a Human Resource Consulting Firm specializing in reducing employer risk and improving the workplace of professional service organizations. If you would have asked 20 years ago if I ever believed I would own a company, I would have said that was impossible. But, look what can happen when you put in the work hard and pursue your passion. It has truly been a Cinderella story.
What is one business lesson you would tell a startup founder? 
Start messy, if you wait for perfection you will never get going. Put yourself and your business out there and learn from trial and error.
Continue Reading


Copyright © 2022 Disrupt ™ Magazine is a Minority Owned Privately Held Company - Disrupt ™ was founder by Puerto Rican serial entrepreneur and philanthropist Tony Delgado who is on a mission to transform Latin America using the power of education and entrepreneurship.

Disrupt ™ Magazine
151 Calle San Francisco
Suite 200
San Juan, Puerto Rico, 00901

Opinions expressed by Disrupt Contributors are their own. Disrupt Magazine invites voices from many diverse walks of life to share their perspectives on our contributor platform. We are big believers in freedom of speech and while we do enforce our community guidelines, we do not actively censor stories on our platform because we want to give our contributors the freedom to express their opinions. Articles are not commissioned by our editorial team, and opinions expressed by our community contributors do not reflect the opinions of Disrupt or its employees.
We are committed to fighting the spread of misinformation online so if you feel an article on our platform goes against our community guidelines or contains false information, we do encourage you to report it. We need your help to fight the spread of misinformation. For more information please visit our Contributor Guidelines available here.


Disrupt ™ is the voice of latino entrepreneurs around the world. We are part of a movement to increase diversity in the technology industry and we are focused on using entrepreneurship to grow new economies in underserved communities both here in Puerto Rico and throughout Latin America. We enable millennials to become what they want to become in life by learning new skills and leveraging the power of the digital economy. We are living proof that all you need to succeed in this new economy is a landing page and a dream. Disrupt tells the stories of the world top entrepreneurs, developers, creators, and digital marketers and help empower them to teach others the skills they used to grow their careers, chase their passions and create financial freedom for themselves, their families, and their lives, all while living out their true purpose. We recognize the fact that most young people are opting to skip college in exchange for entrepreneurship and real-life experience. Disrupt Magazine was designed to give the world a taste of that.