Upcoming Events

DAWN Leadership Summit

  Envisioning Your Path Beyond 2020

March 5, 2020 

Delaware State University

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Center

1200 N. DuPont Highway

Dover, DE

Directions to Delaware State University and  Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Student Center


8:00 am – 8:45 am 

Leadership Summit Check-in and Continental breakfast


9:15 am – 9:45 am

Keynote Speaker,  Cheryl Ecton, CEO, Elite Building Services


10 am – 3 pm

 Summit Workshops


12:00 pm – 12:45 pm



The Delaware ACE Women’s Network (DAWN) Leadership Summit provides opportunities for women in higher education to refine their leadership skills, develop professionally and personally, and network with women of various career levels. This year’s theme is Envisioning Your Path Beyond 2020. The event cost is $75 for members and $95 for non-members.

Registration in now closed.

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Registration includes:
* Breakfast
* Keynote speaker, Cheryl Ecton, CEO, Elite Building Services
* Lunch
* Up to four workshop choices



 Cheryl Ecton, CEO, Elite Building Services

Cheryl Ecton, CEO of Elite Building Services, knows the “dirt behind success.” She has built a nationally recognized commercial cleaning and building maintenance services company that employs more than 600 people in a male-dominated industry. She has overcome a multitude of personal struggles – divorce, single motherhood, and a child’s health crisis – to achieve professional success. It all started with just a single employee: herself. Today, Elite Building Services serves clients in more than 15 states and is one of the largest women-owned businesses in the Mid-Atlantic region. Cheryl has built her successful business by valuing her employees as much as her clients. The success Cheryl found in her professional life didn’t always translate into an easy personal life. Despite these obstacles, Cheryl continued to focus on the growth and success of Elite Building Services. Elite has been recognized with multiple safety and excellence awards, as well as, multiple top vendor awards. Cheryl has been featured on Fox Business Network, Philadelphia Business Journal, Executive Leadership Radio, Smart CEO Future 50, South Jersey Chamber of Commerce, and Delaware Today’s Women in Business. Last year, Cheryl was chosen to be featured on Rob Lowe’s “Success Files,” to be aired, nationally.

Cheryl shares her journey with industry professionals, leadership groups, and women’s associations to empower and inspire them to keep working hard, even when life gets in the way.

Her warmth, authenticity and passion touch the hearts of those she meets.

The DAWN Executive committee and the summit program planning team are look forward to seeing you at the event. For questions, please contact Dr. Regina A. Sharpe, DAWN President at regina.a.sharpe@wilmu.edu









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