Dawn's story is tragic but also leaves attendees with a lesson to be learned. We hired Dawn to speak for the North Dakota Safety Council's Annual Safety & Health Conference. Dawn was professional and easy to work with, but more importantly, her presentation really struck home with the attendees. You could have heard a pin drop while she was speaking.
-Lynae Hanson | North Dakota Safety Council - Assistant Executive Director
Dawn's speech had a major impact on our plant. Associates talked about how her speech hit home, made them think about their actions, and spoke to them concerning the impact an injury has beyond the person injured.
-Andrea Jenson | Integrity Windows/Marvin
Dawn's message is universally powerful whether given to industry leaders, teenagers, or the average man or woman. Her delivery has the potential to impact many and their decision making. Her message will not only touch lives, but it has the potential to save lives.
-Kristie Eid | Eid-Co Homes
Dawn's If Only presentation is life-altering. She presents her story and experiences in a way that brings about not only emotion in the listeners, but true self-assessment in their own safety practices and potential impact. Dawn is an absolute joy to work with!
-Monica Kramer McConkey, LPC | Eyes on the Horizon Consulting
Her speech really hit home on the shortcuts we take every day. Her speech made me stop and think about what my family's life would be like if I died. Her speech helped me to be a little more careful.
Dawn presented “If Only” to our local safety association. Her delivery was spot on and captivated the audience for the duration of the event. The emotion of the presentation was felt by everyone in the room and served as a powerful reminder of the impact decisions can have on everyone in our life. Thanks again.
-Michael Hust | South Central Safety Association - President
I had the privilege to hear Dawn's story "If Only." It was an inspiration to hear how she called on God during her darkest moment and continued to call on him to help her journey her life's path without her then husband Bill. It's a great reminder of how we need to lean on him in the darkest moments as well as the everyday moments. I hope you have the opportunity to hear this incredible testimony of faith, hope, and love.
We invited Dawn to share her "If Only" message with all of our teams at American Crystal Sugar Company. Dawn made 8 presentations to over 1600 people. The silence in the room, when hearing about her husband’s "If Only" decision was deafening. Her delivery of a very difficult message was poignant, impactful, and very real. She is able to connect with everyone, whether you work in a factory, agriculture, or in an office setting. Dawn challenges all of us to take time to think about our actions and how our decisions not only have consequences for us, but for our co-workers, families, and communities. We are grateful that Dawn shared her experience with us.
-Lisa Borgen | American Crystal Sugar - Vice President
Thank you for taking the time to tell us about your personal experience. You told the story as though it just happened. This made a huge impact on our employees to not take safety shortcuts. The message was heartfelt and emotional making us realize how our decisions can have a lasting effect on our family, friends, and coworkers. Your presentation was a great reminder to us to pause and make the right decision.
-Denise Witte | Minn-Dak Farmers Cooperative - Human Resources Specialist
Thank you for speaking to our company. I found your talk to be very effective and powerful. The emotional connection you bring to your story served to make everyone stop and think about personal risks and their consequences. We can talk about, study, and discuss safety topics all day long but to hear your story of personal tragedy and how easily it may have been avoided brings the subject home to everyone on an emotional level that cannot be easily forgotten. I applaud you for your strength and courage to relive that fateful event on a regular basis for the benefit of strangers. Your efforts no doubt cause your listeners to consider their actions and will likely save lives. Thanks again for sharing your story, it was very effective and worth our time.
-Todd Sparrow | Rapat Corporation
We were privileged to hear Dawn Chisholm’s presentation during our company-wide Global EHS Week, and it was the perfect way to wrap up a week dedicated to health and safety. Employees with a range of grain handling experience (from a few days to over thirty years) resonated with the If Only message – Speak up when situations feel unsafe at work, avoid taking shortcuts, and rely on faith for hope and healing. The entire agricultural industry would benefit from hearing Dawn’s story.
-Kayla Goddard | ADM Grain - EHS Manager
I have had the honor of presenting with Dawn two different times, first was at a local Farmer’s luncheon, and trade show, I gave my presentation of grain bin safety and rescue, with the follow up by Dawn, who made the message a very real and an important one. I had many come to ask about the technical equipment to prevent entrapment and engulfment after her talk.
I was also honored to work with her at GEAPS (Grain and Elevator Processing Society) Exchange in Kansas City, Missouri. While we discussed the Response, dangers of entry and rescue along with demonstrations, Dawn shared her life experiences with the crowd. In both presentations, I can tell you that the crowd was silent and paying attention to every word shared.
-Butch Hendrix | Kokomo Grain Co Inc,. - Safety Director