In 2006, Ellen's husband passed away suddenly at age 59 after a massive heart attack with no prior history of heart disease. Dawn's husband was diagnosed with cancer in 2007, one month after the birth of their first child and passed away two months later at age 43.
While dealing with their own personal tragedies, Dawn and Ellen experienced firsthand the difficulty widows face in locating appropriate support services. Among other problems, the services they found were frequently fragmented. Too often, each service addressed a single problem. After talking with many other widows, Dawn and Ellen found that their experience was not unique. There is little in the way of organized help, support and guidance to assist women going through one of the most traumatic episodes in their lives. This revelation provided the genesis for The W Connection. The organization was founded with the simple yet challenging goal of making life easier for women who have lost a spouse.
Ellen Kamp is currently the President and Co-Founder of The W Connection. Her focus is to utilize her leadership skills,personal experience as a widow and business background to fulfill the vision and mission of The W Connection. Previously, Ellen spent 35 years working in some of the most recognizable financial services Firms in the world – including American International Group, Chase Manhattan Bank, and most recently Morgan Stanley. She has been a driving force behind building state of the art learning and development programs at these firms. She has extensive experience in building organizational strength through the motivation and development of individual and team talent. Ellen is a highly experienced executive whose leadership skills and knowledge of how organizations are built, run and managed will make a significant contribution to the success of The W Connection.
Dawn is the Co-Founder & Vice President of The W Connection. Dawn is also a Certified Professional Life Coach, Mindfulness Teacher and an Online Professor teaching courses in Organizational Development and Technology. Dawn has helped hundreds of people create their vision and transform their lives to live their dreams.
Dawn is a natural entrepreneur and key to her success is her ability to create a vision and execute. Before becoming the Co-Founder of The W Connection, Dawn built two Information Technology consulting firms whose clients included major financial services and industrial companies. Her assignments have included everything from developing an artificial intelligence classification system for hazardous materials, to a scrap management system at an iron and metal scrap yard to a talent management systems and internal social networking for an investment banks.
Dawn's strong visionary, problem solving skills and execution skills are crucial to creating key element to the The W Connection’s success and strategy, including the organization’s Programs, Services and W Connection Member Portal.
On her free time, Dawn enjoys the beauty of nature. She is an avid hiker and skier. And, when not in the mountains, she enjoys running along the Central Park Reservoir and spending time with her son and 2 rescue dogs.