WONDER WOMEN WEDNESDAY FEATURE: MEET DAWN BRYANT OF BODIES BY BURGOON
GIRLS ARE POWERFUL MINNESOTA LYNX NON-PROFIT OF THE GAME JERSEY SPONSOR
POWERFUL is Dawn Bryant’s favorite power word. “I love the word because we get to re-define what it means,” says Dawn. “The word power has so many negative connotations … power has to be a certain way, or to be a certain thing.” Women who describe themselves as “powerful” may be perceived as pushy or domineering. “You can be sensitive and heartfelt and empathetic, and that’s powerful, too; and you can have an interesting story that might change someone’s life. That’s powerful, too.”
Power is a theme closely aligned with the business Dawn helps run, Bodies by Burgoon. Dawn manages operations for the company owned by her best friend Jason Burgoon, pictured with her at right. “We’re a personal training studio focused on helping people define what strong means to them, and helping them become strong in their own lives,” says Dawn. Their trainers help to motivate each client in achieving whatever is most important to them. It might be losing weight, getting stronger, or learning to walk. Each person’s experience is unique. As their website states, “Sweat and hard work are our common goals.”
Dawn was immediately drawn to Girls Are Powerful. “Any time we see words like powerful and determined and everything that Girls Are Powerful stands for, it is so much in alignment with who we are as a business,” explains Dawn. “When I see girls (in the age group served by GRP, ages 6 to 17), I want to feed them positivity and confidence and humility and strength. It’s very personal to me. I realized those were things I missed when I was a little girl. I kind of backed into it as an adult, when I began defining what strong means to me. It’s harder to do that when you’re older.”
Jason was also immediately on board. “He has a daughter who is almost 9 years old, and it’s an environment that he wants to create for her,” says Dawn. “And when you look at our client base, which is 90 percent female, supporting girls to become strong and powerful is in direct alignment with what we do.”
Proceeds from this sponsorship created a scholarship fund to support our 2019 Fall Programs:
The We Are Enough Conference and the Mother-Daughter Fall Overnight Retreat.