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We train and develop women entrepreneurs through education, introduction to resources and mentorship.
The Launchpad2x Story
Meet the Chairman
Meet the Executive Director
Who We Are
Founded in 2012 by Bernie P. Dixon, Launchpad2X is a founder-to-CEO accelerator training program for women entrepreneurs.
What We Do
We train and develop women founders through education, introduction to resources and mentorship.
Launchpad2X is not a traditional entrepreneur accelerator. We are a 501(C)(3) non-profit corporation and we do not take equity positions in the companies we train.
Our core mission is the development of the CEO. Centered around confidence, we train women by teaching them the high-level skills needed to scale their businesses.
Founder & Chairman
In 1979 Bernie Dixon was commissioned as a 2LT in the US Army. That was the first year that the Army commissioned a class of female officers. She graduated Summa Cum Laude from The Pennsylvania State University and served in the US Army Signal Corp while simultaneously training in Field Artillery and qualifying in nine different weapon systems, the first female to attain that rating.
At the pinnacle of her Army service, Bernie served as the Aide-de-Camp to a three star, Lieutenant General, who ran the Defense Information Systems Agency. She also served as the telecommunications liaison to the White House and State Department. At that time, the case of the Divestiture of AT&T was being heard and debated in the halls of Congress. Bernie was on point for the Department of Defense position on that case and presented that position to the US Congress.
Moving from the highest levels in the DoD to Booz Allen and Hamilton, Bernie continued her work in National Security and Telecommunications working with the White House and State Department. While in that position she was instrumental in assembling 30 top US CEOs in Information Technology and Telecommunications to comprise the National Security Telecommunications Advisory Committee to the President, NSTAC, an organization that still advises the sitting US President today. Strategic issues are discussed, vented and recommendations are made by businesses leaders on the strategic management of national security resources and policy for the US and NATO.
United Technologies Corporation, UTC recruited Bernie to lead Information System assets and policy of their Global divisions. She went on to serve as the Chief Information Officer of Hamilton Standard, an aerospace and NASA technology contractor and later CIO of Carrier Corporation, the global leader in HVAC. Bernie was among the first CIO to implement enterprise wide software systems and online security systems.
Raytheon recruited Bernie to serve as the Enterprise CIO in support of high level defense electronic programs. As she was comfortable in the environment of classified and highly technical programs, Bernie and the IT team implemented unique and strategic systems to serve the needs of missile and weapon systems for all branches of the US government and government contractors.
Bernie’s next career move was to HP to lead the world’s largest technology company’s service organization in the Americas. In that role her organization supported the global data centers and service requirements of many of the largest Fortune 50 companies. GM, Microsoft, Disney, 3M, Tyco and others were the largest customers of the multi-billion dollar service organization under Bernie’s leadership.
Upon her retirement in 2007, Bernie, after noticing that there just weren’t enough women leaders in the technology industry, especially in the young tech companies, decided to do something about it. She is often heard speaking on that subject.
She relocated to Atlanta in 2012 trailing her husband who was serving as a Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of a Public Company located in the Atlanta area. She started her own investment group targeted at investments in women led companies. In 2012 she became the first Chairman and President of the Atlanta Technology Angels, where, to this day she is the only female to hold that role and the only person ever to hold both roles for that organization. She grew ATA to be the 3rd largest Angel Network in the US and one of the most active investment organizations in the country.
Also in 2012 she went on to launch Launchpad2X, “The nation’s only founder-to-CEO accelerator training organization for women entrepreurs.” Naturally, the results of the launchpad2X programs can be seen in the success of its companies from 2012 to the present day:
Currently, when she is not changing the lives of women entrepreneurs, Bernie serves as adviser to many early stage companies and sits on the advisory board of several Venture Capital firms and Private Equity firms.
She is continually listed as one of Atlanta’s 500 Most Powerful People. She is on the Board of Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta; the Board of Directors of The Women’s Entrepreneur’s Initiative (WEI) sponsored by the Economic Development arm of the City of Atlanta and also serves on Governor Kemp’s Women Lead Policy Council.
Alicia began her career in the financial services industry in 1997 with a Beverly Hills Registered Investment Advisory that managed the individual liquid assets of some of the wealthiest individuals and foundations in Los Angeles. Scott went on to hold executive management positions with National Planning Holdings, Pacific Life Insurance and Countrywide Bank. In her roles with some of the nation’s top securities broker-dealers, Scott led the operations of the advisory divisions, which was responsible for more than $3 billion in assets under management, across nationwide network of thousands of financial professionals.In 2009, Alicia and her family moved to South Korea for work with the U.S. military. As a natural leader, Scott launched the first Family Readiness Group at US Army Garrison Camp Stanley. She also created a charitable giving program between the 8th Army 1st Signal Brigade and the Korean Businessmen’s Chamber in 2010, which donates winter gear and hosts soldier meet-and-greet parties for Korean orphanages annually.Scott later moved to Savannah, Georgia, where she was CEO of Introspect Consulting Group, a public policy and strategic planning firm specializing in executive counsel for elected officials and C-Suite executives. In 2016, Scott was hired as the Regional Field Director for Georgia with the Bernie Sanders 2016 Presidential Campaign. After years working as a leading public policy consultant Scott ran for the Georgia House of Representatives in 2018. She also is among the rare luminaries of Ted Talk speakers in 2018 at Tedx Savannah. Alicia earned her BS in Political Science from the University of Maryland and an MA in Diplomacy and International Commerce from Norwich University. She joined Launchpad2X in 2019 as Executive Director.
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