Meet serial entrepreneur, Heather Dawson. Heather is a co-founder of Xiggit, a fin-tech startup with a vision to reinvent access to health, retirement, and savings benefits to help financially vulnerable people improve their financial outlook. Xiggit provides curated benefits that are 'individual' but packaged for the six million small business employers who do not offer any employee benefits as workers select benefits that matter to them and benefits portability lets them take their benefits even when they change jobs. Xiggit also has a financial education component that helps workers improve their financial literacy and wellbeing. This venture is meaningful for Heather because as a teenager, she went from an upper-class family to being homeless after her mom’s poor money management and speculative investments wiped them out. From that point, Heather made a pact to herself that she would never be in such a financial fiasco. Heather worked hard, moved up the career ladder, and became a successful sales executive at IBM. She transitioned to senior executive roles at few tech startups, several of which had successful exits. Through her personal experience, she's built a deep conviction that everyone can transform from being enslaved by money problems to harnessing it for personal gain. Heather makes time to mentor those around her, especially young girls with an interest in STEM or young entrepreneurs.
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