Dr. Shanelle R. Dawson, principal owner of the Global Families of Companies, is a Consultant, Coach, Author, Professional Speaker, and former Candidate for Onondaga County Legislature. Her expertise is in areas of Education, Entrepreneurship, and Employee Engagement and Retention, through the leans of Equity. Her passion is Community / Individual Empowerment, and she has spent her adult life encouraging others, cultivating relationships, and advocating for the underserved.
Recognizing the importance of mindfulness, nutrition, and fitness, Dr. Dawson formed Global SAGE Wellness, her virtual Health and Wellness Enterprise. GSW offers a wide array of yoga classes and guided mediations. Additionally, GSW offers whole food, plant based (WFPB) nutritional information, guidance, and coaching as well as WFPB recipes. Our goal at GSW is to help individuals make informed decisions about health and wellness while simultaneously understanding the environmental impact of the Standard American Diet.
With assistance from a partner, Dr. Dawson established ACCESS Global Enterprises to operate as the parent company of ACCESS Dental Laboratories. ACCESS Dental Laboratories is the first, 100%, African American owned, full-service, dental laboratory in the country and specializes in the design of crowns, bridges, partials, dentures, night guards, implants, and veneers.
A lifelong advocate for social justice, Dr. Dawson formed ACCESS Global Group. ACCESS Global Group is a coaching and consulting group that focuses on cultural competency, social awareness, trauma informed / person specific strategies, and equity in education and employment. Recognizing equity goes beyond corporations and organizations, AGG now includes a component that assists underserved and underrepresented community members through the business development process.
In 2021, Dr. Dawson made the decision to run for elected office because of her unique connection to the City of Syracuse, New York and the Town of Clay, New York. Her distinct position enabled her to build bridges where there were formerly walls. Dr. Dawson’s passion for people and commitment to community prepared her for this exciting journey. With a desire to advance Children and Family Services, Access to Healthcare, Equity in Education, Employment Opportunities, and Environmental Sustainability, Dr. Dawson was the best choice for Onondaga County Legislature, District 14.
A champion of education, Dr. Dawson earned an Associate of Arts in Liberal Studies from San Bernardino Valley College (SBVC), a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from California State University, San Bernardino (CSUSB), and a Master of Arts in Education from CSUSB as well. Dr. Dawson earned her Doctorate in Organizational Leadership from the University of La Verne.