Dawn J. Fraser a storyteller, speaker and international known communications coach.  She is the Host and Creator of the live storytelling show and upcoming podcast Barbershop Stories, and has developed programs that foster the leadership potential and communication skills of students who range from business professionals to storytelling enthusiasts. She is also a speech coach who works with individuals to craft messages with the goal to be their most authentic and impactful selves. Dawn lives in Brooklyn, New York along with several plants that are very demanding of her water.

speaking engagements

From the stages of TED@NYC to the halls of education, Dawn delivers messages internationally about the role of storytelling in leadership, community building and authentic communication.


In need of a speech coach? Interested in putting on a storytelling workshop for your organization or business? Dawn will work with you and your team to reach your communication goals.


The time when babysitting a hamster took a turn for the worse. A lesson about activism through puppets. Take a peek at the stories Dawn has shared on stages as a storyteller and show host.


Excerpt from the TED.com blog

"Runner Dawn J. Fraser was known as the "Turbo Toothpick" and dreamed of Olympic Gold - until an injury ended her career. In this talk, she shares the experience of watching her twin brother, Duane - also a runner, who has Down syndrome - compete in the Special Olympics and how he taught her that the real point of competition isn't to finish first, but to make sure everyone crosses the finish line."


Dawn is the Founder and Host of Barbershop Stories, a live storytelling show and upcoming podcast that features performers telling true stories to a live audience. Set in various culturally and artistically diverse neighborhoods of New York, and taking place on site in hair salons and barbershops, the show showcases some of the region’s best performers including storytellers, comedians, and memoirists… and then we chop off their hair.


So inspired and moved by @dawnjfraser and her storytelling lessons, and I can’t wait to use them to further myself as a leader #tuslc2016
— Student / Towson University
The power of Dawn’s presentation was the playful interactive aspect she brought to the presentation. The links between audience engagement, personal influence, and leadership became clear throughout her session.
— Professor Jeffrey Younger, NYU Stern School of Business
@dawnjfraser has inspired me to tell my stories! Thank you for your awesome presentation
— Student/ SUNY Brockport
I’ve always been afraid to share my story; I’ve constantly seen it as a weakness. Today you changed that. Thank you! #tuslc2016
— Student / Towson University
Kinda wishing @dawnjfraser taught my college comp class when I was a freshman #bportslc
— Student / SUNY Brockport