Meet the TEAM

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Bernie Dixon

Founder & Chairman

Bernie Dixon has been crushing boundaries throughout her career, beginning with her service in the U.S. Army Signal Corps as a leading member of the first class of female officers. Her illustrious private sector career has included leading a National Security practice for Booz Allen and Hamilton in support of the White House, to multiple top Chief Information Officer positions in Fortune 100 aerospace, industrial, and defense electronics companies to leading the tech services business in the Americas at a dominant hi tech company.

Bernie most recently served as the Chairman and President of the Atlanta Technology Angels, consistently named as on of the top angel investment networks in the country. Her interest in increasing investment capital for women managed businesses and her passion for providing women CEOs of emerging businesses with the tools and connections to drive success in their companies led her to develop LaunchPad2X, one of the most innovative and successful business boot camps in the U.S. for women leaders.

The fact is, the US economy could recognize an extraordinary influence on the success of women entrepreneurs. In reality, data suggests that women are far less likely to take a risk and start a company unless they believe that they are almost perfect in their abilities or about 90% qualified to lead a startup company. With men, it’s less than 60%. Ironically, when women do choose to compete, they perform just as well or maybe even better than their male counterparts. It is a proven fact. That’s what launchpad2x is all about. Bolstering confidence and allowing women to transition into a successful CEO. That’s why I created launchpad2x. It can give women a little swagger in their confidence and actually move the needle for women’s success and impact as CEO’s.
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Christy Brown


Christy has almost 20 years of executive leadership as a founder, venture capital investor, futurist and executive leader spanning multiple geographies and industries. Most recently, Christy led the expansion of the venture capital investment platform Loeb Enterprises into Atlanta where she architected the investment model, hiring strategy, vision, mission, and strategy for Loeb’s expansion beyond their NYC headquarters. “I was extremely proud of the team I selected, the ecosystem support from the Atlanta community and the rapid adoption across the Southeast of the investment model that Loeb provided” stated Christy.
I cannot be more fortunate to join Launchpad2X’s team as it aligns with my mission and passion around female-led companies who are playing to win. My goal has always been tipping the bow of the ship for female founders who require direct capital as well as education to scale and grow.” Christy joins an organization with a successful portfolio of Founders/CEO’s who have graduated from the Launchpad2X program.
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Holly Harper

Program Manager

Holly is a staple of Launchpad2X. Being the Program Manager for 4 consecutive years, she is keen on seeking out and supporting exceptional female founders, entrepreneurs and CEOs. With a background in manufactured product and brand development, her expertise is in administration, coordination and everything under the sun that it takes to get things done. She is the ultimate team player with an attitude perfect for servant leadership. As Bernie Dixon, Founder and Chairman of LP2X, leads efforts to expand Launchpad2X, Holly provides essential support to all projects.
I am dedicated to supporting female entrepreneur’s ongoing success and further developing The Launchpad2X programming and 3-Day Core Program. Our program works and truly brings the rocket fuel needed to launch companies into new opportunities for growth and success!
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Kristi Frank

Communications Director

As the Communications Director, Kristi is responsible for planning and executing LP2X’s digital communications, social media strategy & content creation. Kristi Frank is a graduate of the University of Georgia with a BBA in Marketing and Professional Sales accompanied by the Interdisciplinary Certificate in Entrepreneurship. Formerly the Assistant Program Director for the Entrepreneurship Program at UGA and her legacy remains having started the Society of Entrepreneurs in 2015 and she continues to support the growth of the program with being a mentor to students.

In 2017 Kristi’s founded a functional fashion business called Clutch Creations. Clutch has been the recipient for 2 different grants in GA and owns 3 patents for the invention of “The Clutch Strap.” Clutch Creations is how Kristi found her way to Launchpad2X; participating in the 3Day Core Program further inspired her to continue focusing on developing and supporting female entrepreneurs. She carries an enthusiasm for startups and community building and is dedicated to making Atlanta thrive. Previously the social media volunteer, Kristi now focuses on increasing LP2X’s digital exposure and footprint online and in various entrepreneurship ecosystems nationwide.

I graduated from the 3-Day Core Program in 2019 and was immediately hooked on the content. I immediately sought out ways to volunteer and continue involvement with this network of amazing women and leaders. The Launchpad2X Programming works and is the rocket fuel any woman CEO needs to take their business to the next level.
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