Terri McCormick Dawson, PhDPresident
Bringing Innovation to Business
“I believe that anyone working in the government sector or government consulting field needs to be accountable and effective in this current economy,” states Terri McCormick, author, policy expert, educator, and former state representative to the Wisconsin State Legislature. Today, she offers her expertise in public and government relations through McCormick Dawson CPG Ltd., a trusted consultancy of independent contractors.
Ms. McCormick serves as president and CEO of the company, drawing from more than two decades of professional experience, a strong educational foundation, a host of industry-related publications, and a multitude of accolades, awards and formal recognition.
Ms. McCormick holds a Master of Arts in administrative leadership from Marian University and a Bachelor of Science in political science and public administration from the University of Wisconsin. She received both degrees with high honors.
In light of her achievements, Ms. McCormick is grateful to her first mentor, Col. Harry Mathos, who taught her by example to continually strive to the highest bar. She established her skills as a published writer early in her career and was lauded for her expertise in the areas of dyslexia and learning differences. “I was pulled in from the private sector to untangle some problems in the government sector,” Ms. McCormick explains of her transition into government work.
“I was able to write a curriculum for teachers and researchers so that they could have success with children and adults who learned a different way.” She created and garnered support from Wisconsin’s first Charter School laws, which created and executed programs that improved the performance of individuals in classrooms and institutions. Ms. McCormick was elected to the Wisconsin State Assembly in 2000, and for six years she worked to pass laws regarding manufacturing, regulation and health care reform, and capital investment.
Today, in addition to overseeing all operations of her company, Ms. McCormick is pursuing a doctorate, maintains affiliations with several government organizations, and continues to publish work. One of her most acclaimed books, “What Sex is a Republican?” is available for sale both in stores and online.
Ms. McCormick has these words of advice for those entering the government sector: “Stay true to principles, hold strong on what is ethical, and do a good job every single day.”