Bruce Dixon is an award winning innovator, social entrepreneur, adventurer, storyteller, and human performance geek. His insatiable curiosity and zest for life has led him to trekking around the globe and to engaging in an eclectic array of vocations including professional football, financial services management, leadership development, organizational behavior, coaching and nonprofit innovation. His passions are framed by pushing the boundaries of mental, spiritual and physical performance.
Born in Albany, New York, Bruce and his seven sisters were raised by their two wonderful parents who adopted each of them as infants. Despite the untimely death of his father when he was 11 and the severe financial challenges faced by his family, Bruce excelled in mathematics and science in high school and received a scholarship to attend Lafayette College, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Biology and was also a 4-year letter winner in varsity football. He later received a master’s degree in Business Administration from The University of Connecticut, A Chartered Property and Casualty Underwriter designation, an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Lincoln College of New England and a scholarship to attend the prestigious Strategic Perspectives in Nonprofit Management program at Harvard Business School.
Bruce has held a variety of leadership roles with The Hartford Financial Services Group and the Chubb Group of Insurance Companies including roles in Underwriting, Sales, Claims, Organizational Development, Client Management and Community Relations. In 2007, Bruce took the reins of the Connecticut Pre-Engineering Program (CPEP). CPEP is a social venture that inspires and prepares underrepresented students to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Due to CPEP’s significant impact, Bruce received numerous awards including the Connecticut Science Center Awards for Achievement in STEM Innovation and Education, Wesleyan University’s Social Entrepreneurship Award, and was invited as an “honored guest” to the 2014 inaugural White House Maker Faire.
In 2016, Bruce resigned as CEO of CPEP and has traveled throughout Asia, Africa, Europe and Central America engaging in a host of volunteer and personal development experiences.
Bruce served on the Board of Directors for The Knox Foundation and Central Connecticut State University’s Technology and Education Council. In his free time he enjoys biohacking, reading and adventuring.