Wendy Dawson was born in Brusly, Louisiana. She began working in emerging markets in 1989 after earning a degree in International Business from the American University in Paris, France. Rising to VP of Business Development for the energy subsidiary of the French Bank Societe Generale in New York, she proceeded to lead the opening of the Houston marketing office. When her four year old stepson came into her life, his previous diagnosis of Pervasive Development Disorder-Not Otherwise Diagnosed was a new phenomenon for her. She set out to find suitable social skills classes geared to high-functioning children on the spectrum. Not having found such a program that offered 100% social skills concentration, offering precursory training for the situations he would face, she and her husband created Social Motion Inc. It is a specialized program designed to teach social/job skills, enrichment activities, and provide parents with strategies to navigate the world after a child’s diagnosis.