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Liz Dozier    

Founder & CEO of Youth Equity Platform Chicago Beyond; Star of CNN's Documentary Series "Chicagoland"

Liz Dozier serves as the Founder & CEO of Chicago Beyond, a youth equity platform that exists to give all youth the opportunity to achieve their fullest human potential. Chicago Beyond invests in and analyzes new, innovative ideas and scalable programs to address two urgent issues that are flip sides of the same coin – youth safety and educational attainment. Over time, Chicago Beyond aims to leverage its findings to spark further public and philanthropic investments in work that does the most good per dollar to improve the lives of Chicago’s young people.

A lifelong educator, Dozier has spent her career working to interrupt the culture of inequity that is often pervasive in urban education. She was principal of Christian Fenger High School in Chicago from 2009 to 2015 and co-principal and turnaround strategist at Harper High School from 2008 to 2009, among other positions. During her tenure as principal at Fenger High School on Chicago’s South Side, Dozier and her team increased graduation rates from 47% to 80% and arrest rates within the school plummeted from 300 to less than 10. Her honors include the 2015 Inspiring Hope Award from Northern Trust and the US Department of Education’s Top 15 Principals of Innovation Award.

Now Dozier’s passion is leading Chicago Beyond to the forefront of investing in disruptive, community-centric organizations and ideas that transform the lives of youth living in economically fragile communities, investing more than $30 million since its launch in 2016.

Dozier’s work was featured in Paul Tough’s NY Times best-selling book, How Children Succeed and Harvard Education Press’ Belonging and Becoming: The Power of Social Emotional Learning in High Schools. Ebony magazine named her one of its “Power 100” and CNN followed her work as a part of its docu-series, Chicagoland.

A Nationally Board Certified Teacher in mathematics and graduate of the New Leaders program, Dozier holds a bachelor’s degree in Business as well as a Master’s degree in Educational Leadership. Dozier is most known for her innovative and creative approaches to successfully addressing the complex needs of the whole child.

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