Dawn Burke

Dawn Burke is a Sr. Consultant with Recruiting Toolbox based out of the HR capital of the south...you guessed it...Birmingham, AL. Dawn, an HR and talent acquisition leader, national speaker, and writer, specializes in modern talent acquisition practices. Her accomplished HR career has spanned the last 20 years, most notably serving as VP of People for award-winning, software technology company, Daxko, and as Director of HR/Talent Acquisition for one the nation's largest direct mail organizations, MSpark (formerly MailSouth). In addition, Dawn has worked as a consultant and trainer to help companies improve their recruiting and interviewing practices.

Former Practitioner

In her HR leadership roles, she oversaw full-service HR teams which included recruiting, training and development, performance management, and compensation/benefits functions. In addition, as a member of executive leadership teams, she participated in making company-wide operational decisions, merger and acquisitions strategies and, naturally, corporate Talent Strategies.

Most importantly, Dawn was responsible and committed to hiring the best talent and sustaining fast-paced, engaging and profitable corporate cultures.

Her work didn’t go unnoticed. During her executive HR tenures, her organizations were considered employers-of-choice, winning such awards as Achievers "50 Most Engaged Workplaces in the US", The Great Place To Work and SHRM’s "50 Best Small and Medium-Sized Companies in the US”, and the Birmingham Business Journal’s “Best Workplace for Millennials” and “Most Admired Tech Company”.

Designated a “Top HR Innovator”, Dawn’s teams implemented a variety of programs that focused on creating better candidate experiences and recruiting process “upgrades” that included software platform implementation, video interviewing, new sourcing and recruitment marketing functionality, and robust leadership development and interviewing workshops.

Dawn Gives Back to the Talent Profession

In efforts to give back to the profession, Dawn has shared her expertise as a sought-after presenter at regional, national and international Recruiting and HR Conferences. These include LinkedIn Talent Connect, SHRM Talent, ERE, the HR Technology Conference, SHRM National, and many regional SHRM and DisruptHR events. Also, she is a contributor to several national blogs (most notably, Fistful Of Talent, WorkHuman, and SHRM). Ever the trench HR pro, she has served on the board several times for Alabama’s largest SHRM chapter, including service as Chapter President.

She holds a BFA in theatre performance from the University of Southern Mississippi and obtained a Master’s in HR Management from the University of Alabama. In addition, Dawn holds the SHRM -CP and HRCI Professional in Human Resources (PHR) certifications and is a charter member of the Association of Talent Acquisition Professionals.


  • Recruiter and Hiring Manager Training
  • Leadership Development for Recruiting Leaders
  • Recruiting Strategy Development & Process Improvement
  • Candidate Experience
  • Employer Branding, Recruitment Marketing, and Social Media
  • Recruitment Technology Evaluation, Selection, and Implementation



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